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« on: August 25, 2011, 10:30:07 PM »

I'm always mixing my tenses.  Looks like I need a grammar checker.  Anyone know anything for Windows7 that's fast, light and effective?
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2011, 10:41:10 PM »

I'm always mixing my tenses.  Looks like I need a grammar checker.  Anyone know anything for Windows7 that's fast, light and effective?

No good asking me, I didn't know.
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2011, 12:51:17 AM »

I think the last time I used a grammar checker was Win2k.  Something will turn up eventually. smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2011, 12:58:06 AM »

maybe a little extreme, but have you considered a participle accelerator?
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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2011, 01:40:36 AM »

Seems tough to search on.  Either my spelling gets corrected(changes it to "particle") or even if I quote the phrase I get stuff like "download accelerator."
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2011, 10:24:33 AM »

http://afterthedeadline.com/
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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2011, 12:12:00 PM »

I just tried After the Deadline.

Entering

My brother, and me go to the game yesterday?

returned the result, "No writing errors were found."

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« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2011, 01:32:09 PM »

I didn't find anything free even on sourceforge. I used a free one I'm sure a few years ago. My tendency is to use clauses instead of simple Hemingway type declarative sentences. Like, this idea connected to something, but, this other idea. I think many of the checkers just look for words "but" and "and" and stick a period after the preceding word, capitalize the following word, delete the "and" or 'but" then insert 2 spaces in its place. smiley

Thing is if I write short sentences like. "He did this. He then did that." I feel like I'm writing "see Jane and Dick kick Spot's ass" or something.

When trying to find an easier hotkey every choice seems to stick "&nbsp" in the text. Guess I'm stuck with Control-Shift-s. smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2011, 03:11:00 PM »

You can enable additional checks via the options menu cranio, i think they include grammar stuff.
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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2011, 03:27:14 PM »

Gizmo to the rescue?  I haven't tried it, but this came in a recent Gizmo e-mail:

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Gizmo's Freeware: Top selections

Some Free Online Proof-reading Tools

Posted: 19 Aug 2011 12:40 AM PDT
http://feedproxy.google.c...rner&utm_medium=email

Most modern browsers have in built-in spell checking or offer it via 
plug-ins but few offer powerful grammar checking or other proof-reading 
tools.  So editor Ritho went searching for free online proof-reading 
services and found five he liked but one service was a stand-out winner.

http://www.techsupportale...ne-proofreading-tools.htm


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« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2011, 03:53:58 PM »

Thanks for the link.  That was interesting.
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« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2011, 04:11:08 PM »

You can enable additional checks via the options menu cranio, i think they include grammar stuff.

I'm trying the Chrome extension. Hitting the hotkey seems to disable Enter key until I hotkey again. A bit awkward since it's Control-Shift-s. It would be nicer if it worked with selected text in any plain text editor. I'll use it for a while as it's more convenient than pasting in a web form on a site.

Ok, it just flagged "for awhile" and suggested "for a while" instead. Better than spell check only. Looks decent.


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« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2011, 04:20:56 PM »

Thanks for all the replies.


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« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2011, 04:40:25 PM »

It does seem to be a bit touchy.  When editing in place using the forum editor one wrong key and the whole post is wiped.  If not editing in place, then I can't use the hand cursor or suggestions.  Oh well.  Guess I'll just have to develop a punchy style through practice. smiley
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« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2011, 09:29:04 PM »

You can enable additional checks via the options menu cranio, i think they include grammar stuff.

Aha! All that I tried was their demonstration.
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« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2011, 11:14:46 PM »

Mrs. Ramsey, but she's getting old and has slowed down.....    tongue

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« Reply #16 on: August 26, 2011, 11:24:16 PM »

Mrs. Ramsey, but she's getting old and has slowed down.....    tongue

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I'd rather have Mavis Bacon with 2 eggs over easy, home fries, toast and coffee. smiley
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