Grammar checks that is causing frustration

February 13, 2017

I am going to tell on myself, with this writing. Perhaps doing so, it will help another person. I was having someone review some of my writing and they dinged me with grammar errors. Now, I never have been a fan of English. Which is odd coming from someone that actually have written articles for others and use emails as a primary form of communication. Researching my issue, I found my ‘Grammar’ check was not flagged in my Microsoft Word. Evidently, it was not flagged by default.

Check here for grammar flag for Word 2013

The crazy thing is a friend had run this through grammarly.com. Yeah, she fixed a lot of errors.

So moving on, I applied the flag and went through my novel again. I corrected those fragments in my book. Many were conversational, so I left those. Here is the crazy thing. Even though I ran the grammar check, it missed a specific paragraph someone pointed out to me as being grammatically in error. The paragraph is below.

 

Ryan was Samuel’s companion. He started to speak to him at a young age; Sam couldn’t remember his life without him. At first, his parents believed it was just a simple make-believe friend, most likely because Samuel Good was an only child. Children that didn’t have many friends needed a make-believe one.

 

I took this same paragraph and applied it to online grammar checks. I did a google search on ‘online grammar checker’ and tested it with the first 10 results. Everyone check came back clean. I went as far as downloading the trial version Stylewriter program to test the paragraph with it. Again, the paragraph checked with no errors. This is highly frustrating. I get author’s require editor’s in order to keep the content clean of issues. But I have to question, why can’t a decent grammar check program be created with the rules?

 

In case you want to know the correct revision of the paragraph in question, it’s below.

 

Ryan was Samuel’s companion. He started to speak to him at a young age; Sam couldn’t remember his life without him. At first, his parents had believed it was just a simple make-believe friend, most likely because Samuel Good was an only child. Children that didn’t have many friends needed a make-believe one.

 

I will be updating my book after I make some additional changes/revisions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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