Jan 9th 2011

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Grammar Check

A simple grammar check, done with a regular grammar checker that does not have context awareness, can produce confusing results. Let’s take a look at a regular grammar check and then compare it with a context-aware grammar check.
If you type, in a regular grammar checker, the following sentence: “My English Vocabulary is much bitter now!” it will think everything is great with it. All the words are spelled correctly and there are no grammar mistakes so you will get no correction offers. The only problem is, you just wrote an extremely silly sentence in English and your Grammar checker thinks nothing is wrong with it. Your English will become bitter indeed.
The context-aware correction software will recognize your mistake right away because it relies, not only on a list of grammatical rules that are automatically applied, but on a vast database of English language sentences. This allows the context-smart Grammar check to recognize mistakes that are not directly related with misspelled words or grammar errors. The correction offered will be, of course: “My English Vocabulary is much better now!” Better indeed.
Let’s look at another sentence: “I developed a unique system of English liaison plans that improve Vocabulary and Grammar!”
Your regular, naughty, Grammar check will see nothing wrong with this sentence. Now think of the embarrassment of presenting such a sentence in a conference or a business meeting. Even very experienced writers can occasionally make silly mistakes like that, especially if they rely on a spell check to correct errors and do not proofread.
As you can see, you can get countless amusing results. The fact of the matter is, creating a coherent sentence in English, or in any other language for that matter, is all about context, and a spell checker that is not context aware will give you many results that are simply silly.
Our context-aware Grammar check will correct the above sentence and transform it into a logical and “moral” one: “I developed a unique system of English lesson plans that improve Vocabulary and Grammar!”  Much better!
So if you don’t want to make “liaison” plans and speak “bitter” English please choose your automatic correction tool carefully. If it does not analyze a complete sentence in order to take a look at contextual connections it will probably appreciate silly sentences like the ones above and think nothing is wrong with them.

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One Response to “Grammar Check”

  1. Sagar on April 30th, 2011

    Great thinking! That really brakes the mold!


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