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    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.
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    I use MS Word for reports which has it built-in.

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    "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.
    Thanks"


    "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'.

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    They all have problems with dangling participial.


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    Grammer ain't got nothin to do with spellin
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    david,

    Here's a link that may provide some free tools, and lessons. Hope this is of some help to you.

    Free Online Grammar Checker


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    Quote Originally Posted by David Garton View Post
    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.
    Thanks
    <rant>
    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.
    </rant>

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Garton View Post
    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.
    Thanks
    What you need is a "style guide". The Chicago Manual of Style is the best one on the market. It is a book and not a program. It will teach you how to properly construct a sentence, also makes for a great doorstop!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Patterson View Post
    What you need is a "style guide". The Chicago Manual of Style is the best one on the market. It is a book and not a program. It will teach you how to properly construct a sentence, also makes for a great doorstop!
    What? Me actually buy a book and study? I gradiated high school in in 1965 and what I lern'd then still works. Don't need none of that "book lernin" stuff.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana Bostick View Post
    In my experience, most people do not know how to write properly.
    That is the understatement of the day.

    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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