"El niño bebe leche, el hombre bebe agua."
Translation:The boy drinks milk, the man drinks water.
I did not lose any heart over this one, and I'm not going to, either. :) But my answer was exactly as spoken, too. I made two sentences, placing a period after first sentence, and capitalizing the second.
My question for native speakers is whether Spanish requires a conjunction between independent clauses. In English, if this were one sentence instead of two, there would need to be a conjunction between the two clauses "and," "or," etc. Or a person could use a semi-colon or colon, too.
The credited response used no conjunction, so I was curious.
If a semi-colon is not used, in some cases one could use a colon. Another option is to have two separate sentences, with a period between.
And the most common solution is to have a comma followed by a conjunction, one of these six: "and," "or," "yet," "but," "so," and "nor." The conjunction is necessary.
[Sites like this one: http://grammar.about.com/od/c/g/conjuncterm.htm lists a seventh conjunction, "for," but that is an archaic example. "It is not used in modern speech, for most people believe it to be only a preposition." In the preceding sentence, "for" joins two completely independent clauses that could have stood as separate sentences. "We love duolingo, for it has made learning languages more fun and more accessible."]
No problem -- I just misunderstood your reply to my question. I thought you were asking about English, because you replied to my question about Spanish. ("My question for native speakers is whether Spanish requires a conjunction...")
And in the end, I think we both have the same question.
I find this very interesting. I have not made personal connections with anyone person, thinking that my comments would go to the teacher/developer. Yet all these discussions appear. Some are very helpful. Others are just humorous. Who actually evaluates our responses?
These posts (or responses) are from people just like you asking questions about the sentence or whatever other language issue they are having. Other people go through (moderators, regular users) and answer questions and/or remove comments that do not follow the guidelines.