Grammar Checkers

November 07, 2003

I have a problem with comma splices. It is my current most common grammar error.

The grammar checker built into Wordperfect 9 (a very good word processor) catches comma splices. So, I run the checker as I finish editing a chapter.

The grammar checker also always treats a word as its most common part of speech, even when the same word can be a noun, verb, or adjective depending on usage. People is a verb according to grammatic; I use it as a noun. This means that I spend a LOT of time grammar checking because it stops frequently and gives me false negatives. And, if I do rewrite a sentance, sometimes the grammar checker chokes and I get to restart from the beginning. It is boring and tedious, but I have to do it.

The good news is that chapter four is as good as it will get this pass. I am going to finish the grammer run and then put it aside.

Posted by Red Ted at November 7, 2003 12:22 PM | TrackBack