grammar check?

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  1. xboiledeggx macrumors newbie

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    i just got a ibook and how do i check my grammar for my reports in Appleworks or textedit for my school reports. I found the spell checker but cant find a grammar one. If it doesnt have one thats a serious bad spot for macs.
     
  2. Blackheart macrumors 6502a

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    I don't have Appleworks and TextEdit is too simple to have a grammar checker. I'm curious why you say this is a "bad spot for macs". It's not like Windows has a grammar checker; hell, it doesn't even have a spell checker. :p
     
  3. James Philp macrumors 65816

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    I think appleworks should have one, but I don't know as I use Office.
    I'm not sure that a grammar check is a deal breaker for me - I mean c'mon I have a spellchecker and dictionary available in every single (cocoa) application! It's checking my spelling as I type now - and in Mail - great things.
    Also, try my Top Tiger Tip (link below) and you'll be loving it!
     
  4. Lau Guest

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    I get where you're coming from, but beware of the computer grammar checker. I find the spelling check useful, but more often than not the grammar check is wrong, sometimes very wrong!
     
  5. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    TextEdit does not have grammar check.


    Sopabox:
    Grammar check on computers is pretty bad, IMO.

    Grammar has some fine points that only humans can take care of.

    Anyone remember that little thing where someone typed Shakespeare in Word and it was full of grammatical errors? Blech!
     
  6. mms macrumors 6502a

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    Because of course Shakespeare is perfect...

    Even in Word, grammar check is horrible. Really the only mistakes it catches that I don't are extra spaces between words or something else relatively minor. It isn't anything that incredibly important and not a big sore spot for Macs in any case.
     
  7. James Philp macrumors 65816

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    yes, often grammar check sucks, no matter what program it comes in. What exactly is a fragmented sentence anyhow!? :confused: And if it is truly bad, then suggest an alternative, not just "consider revising"! - Why does it do this? - Because the nuances of grammar are pretty much too complex for a writing program to understand.

    Even spell checker is very simple - it doesn't check that you've got all of your words spelled corrected - it checks that all of the words are spelled correctly. You may have written something (typo) that actually produced a real word, and thus, the spell checker will not catch it.

    The best way to check spelling is to read what you have done, backwards.
     
  8. MrSmith macrumors 68040

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    Haven't you heard? Shakespeare didn't write those works.
    ;)
     
  9. mms macrumors 6502a

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    Thinking back to English class -
    A fragment is a part of a sentence that cannot correctly stand on its own but is incorrectly used as a sentence in itself. Basically, it's a phrase without both a subject and a verb and whatever else the sentence needs. It's a common grammatical error to use fragments as sentences when they can't stand alone.

    Ah, yes, the debate over Shakespeare... I remember arguing it against my English teacher last year as a last-ditch effort to get out of the in-class writing on Romeo and Juliet scheduled for the day. She got really defensive and started to mutter some incoherent phrases about how the work stood for itself anyways, then quickly changed the subject.

    Not to hijack the thread by reminiscing about freshman English class, of course. Back to the topic, everybody...
     
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    Like "my bad"? I hate that "phrase" with a passion :mad:
     
  11. MrSmith macrumors 68040

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    As much as I hate the expression "dude", you reckon? :mad: :mad:

    Anyway,...
     
  12. xboiledeggx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am just looking to grammar check my essays like i can in word, but i want to use my mac so im using Appleworks for the first time. Yes I run spell checker and i dont care if it doesnt pick up all the stuff i just want to run a quick grammar check. Does appleworks have one? if so tell me where
     
  13. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    There is only a spell check in appleworks. Grammatica is still around, but I remember seeing this and thinking that it was clunky. At least it's a free trial, if you want to give it a shot.
     

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