Re: Grammar Checkers

Subject: Re: Grammar Checkers
From: Wolf Lahti <wduby -at- PACCAR -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 1996 07:23:36 -0700

Do those who feel that grammar checkers are worthless bear as much disdain
for spell checkers? They are both often wrong in their suggestions, but both
serve a useful function if you accept their limitations and work within them.

Heck, for that matter, on a bad day, a lot of what I type on this keyboard
comes out wrong. Should I discard its utility because it cannot serve me
fully all the time? It's a tool, and I accept the fact that it cannot make
me type any better-- *I* have to do that.

Likewise, I accept the limitation that my grammar checker cannot untwist a
complicated sentence. What it *can* do is suggest that the sentence is,
after all, too complicated.

I don't use grammar checkers often, but I find them useful for ferreting out
too-long sentences--something I am prone to, especially in my fiction--and
flagging passive constructions--something I get inured to because that's all
the engineers here know how to write.

"I hate quotations!" Wolf Lahti
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson Bow, Washington
wduby -at- paccar -dot- com wolf-lahti -at- usa -dot- net

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