Programs check grammar 19 Feb 2018

Proofreading is a great example of how technology is replacing humans.

Programs such as Grammarly are being relied on to check not only grammar and spelling, but also plagiarism. Does it supersede professional proof-readers? Not yet, and maybe never.

While Grammarly uses artificial intelligence (AI), it will arguably never replace the instinct and experience of someone who's spent years looking at how words work to communicate to specific audiences.

However, in an age when technology is relatively cheap, the perception might well be that it's worth using instead of humans, despite the risks.

Grammarly is certainly smart. It’s a big step up from the old spell checker that wouldn't detect whether “practice” or “practise” was used correctly. It can be used to check messages, documents and social media posts.

Grammarly says it makes communications clear, mistake-free and effective by detecting mistakes in grammar, punctuation, spelling, word choice and even style (style being a preference for words or phrases which might  both be correct, for example, “percent” or “per cent”).

Grammarly offers an online text editor and an extension for most web browsers. It explains the rationale for each correction so you can decide whether, and how, to correct an issue. Many people will find that time-consuming and even annoying.


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