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03-11-2011, 08:49 PM #1
Can someone tell me what is the best grammar program to use. I have spell check but there are sometimes when I need grammar mistakes corrected like the use of confusing modifiers, ect.
Last edited by David Garton; 03-12-2011 at 08:18 AM. Reason: grammar
03-11-2011, 09:45 PM #2
I use MS Word for reports which has it built-in.
03-12-2011, 04:46 AM #3
"Can someone tell me what is the best grammar program to use. I got spell check but there are sometimes when I need grammar mistakes corrected like the use of confusing modifiers, ect.
"I have Spell Check"
Does that help?
' correct a wise man and you gain a friend... correct a fool and he'll bloody your nose'.
03-12-2011, 07:39 AM #4
They all have problems with dangling participial.
03-12-2011, 04:43 PM #5
Grammer ain't got nothin to do with spellin
03-13-2011, 11:44 PM #6
Here's a link that may provide some free tools, and lessons. Hope this is of some help to you.
Free Online Grammar Checker
03-14-2011, 08:37 AM #7
I've used the MS Word grammar checker but unless you actually KNOW the correct way it should be, it is often confusing and a bit arbitrary. It will catch the occasional mess up of conflicting tense etc. but is not all that helpful.
"Suggest revising" as a solution is not useful. Relying on a "grammar checker" is dangerous as it does not take into account contextual information.
Practice in writing and attention to detail is most important. Good writing is a skill that is learned with experience. Experience only works if you do not get lazy and actually do care what your written work looks/reads like.
I've just spent several weeks re-working the "canned comments" supplied with an inspection software I have switched to. The level of writing makes me cringe. Do people actually use these comments? They look like a 5th grade student wrote them!
In my experience, most people do not know how to write properly. Very common mistakes are made all the time and are jarring to see. They devalue your credibility and that of your report. It is just laziness IMHO.
Example: to - too - two, there - their - the're. The list is long and the language is abused in written form constantly.
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03-14-2011, 08:44 AM #8
Re: GrammarScott Patterson, ACI
Spring Hill, TN
03-14-2011, 08:54 AM #9
03-14-2011, 02:13 PM #10
The following is an example of what happens when people rely on technology to make up for their deficiencies in writing skills.
Dear Ann Landers,
Sum won tolled me wee wood knot knead two learn how too spell be cause computers wood dew it four us.
Eye disagree. Dew ewe?
Ann Lander's response:
Ewe our write.
Sank ewe four a good clothes look at what progress has dun fore education.
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