Punctuation in IELTS Listening

by Aiana

Can I write answers using commas?

The speaker on the tape was talking about vitamins, their functions, which products we can get them from. When talking about vitamin C she said:

We need 30 mg a day, and can only really get this amount from eating plenty of citrus fruit and fresh vegetables.

(Her exact words. If you are wondered how I managed to memorize them: I was doing a practice listening and I just pasted the sentence from a transcript)

I could write no more than 3 words, and in a column where to get it, I wrote: citrus fruits, vegetables.

In answer key, the correct answer was: fruits and vegetables.

So my questions is: can I write answers using commas or it will be considered as incorrect?

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Oct 28, 2016
by: IELTS buddy


You are worrying about the wrong thing.

It's not the punctuation that is important it is whether you got the right answer or not.

The answer was 'fruit and vegetables' but you wrote 'citrus fruit and vegetables' so the answer is wrong. You will be marked because you got the wrong answer, not because you write a comma in there.

I'm not aware that commas ever appear in listening test answers, but even if they did, it would be unlikely you'd be marked wrong if you missed it out.

The test is testing your listening skills, and you can't hear punctuation so it would not really be fair to grade you on it.

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