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Grammar Checker

Planesdragon (210349) writes | more than 8 years ago

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My answer?

"A useful gramamar checker needs to be able to watch a user write, and adapt to their writing style. This should be its primary function--watching the user, noting where they vary against the 'norm', and varying the norm how the user varies it."

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My answer?

"A useful gramamar checker needs to be able to watch a user write, and adapt to their writing style. This should be its primary function--watching the user, noting where they vary against the 'norm', and varying the norm how the user varies it."

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4 comments

Not so useful for someone with atrocious grammar (1)

Ra5pu7in (603513) | more than 8 years ago | (#13562149)

That wouldn't be, such a useful, sort of grammar, checker for those, people who habitually, find it necessary, to place commas, after every third, word. It also wouldn't be very useful for those who have what is euphemistically referred to as diarrhea of the mouth and can't seem to make any of their sentences shorter than fifty or sixty words and like to use conjunctions to join together multiple unique sentences rather that. Or many sentence fragments. theres also those who dont believe in punctuation or capitalization

I think it depends on what the use of the grammar checker is meant to be. For a resume or legal document it would be more useful to have presently accepted grammar rules checked rather stringently. For a quick email to family it is more useful to avoid the most glaring errors with customization to individual "norm" so the person's writing style isn't sterilized.

Re:Not so useful for someone with atrocious gramma (1)

Planesdragon (210349) | more than 8 years ago | (#13562718)

That wouldn't be, such a useful, sort of grammar, checker for those, people who habitually, find it necessary, to place commas, after every third, word

Depends on how it was built. There's no reason that the same adaptive program wouldn't be able to report on a person's grammatical irregularities.

Plus, habbiutal comma users--such as myself, in many aspects--are more practitioners of a new form of language, such as shakesphere, rather than misadherents to what came before us.

Then again, the simple difference between "grammar" and "good writing" is likely a good place to start.

Re:Not so useful for someone with atrocious gramma (1)

civilizedINTENSITY (45686) | more than 8 years ago | (#13588701)

You aren't really talking about a "grammer" checker so much as a style checker. Your "new language" might have repeating patterns, but is there enough structure to call it a addition to grammer?

Re:Not so useful for someone with atrocious gramma (1)

Planesdragon (210349) | more than 8 years ago | (#13589853)

You aren't really talking about a "grammer" checker so much as a style checker.

Mere semantics. I challenge you to find a college english professor who will argue for a difference between "grammar" and "[formal] style".

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