Comments About Spell Checkers and Grammar Checkers


Thread Starter
Feb 4, 2001
Hey All,

Spell Checking and Grammar Checking:

As a writer, I get comments from social media and computer people regarding the best spell checker, or the best grammar checker. While some may do a slightly better job than others, there are distinctions that need to be made:

No spell checker or grammar checker can replace a human editor who is proficient in spelling and grammar. Additionally, no spelling or grammar checking by any computer program or software application is going to take a horribly written paper and turn it into a masterpiece. There are several things that some of the so-called best spelling and grammar checkers have the most issues. They can’t replace quality of thought in writing: things like transitions, or emotions. Additionally, they can’t replace the power of inspirational narratives, prose, or extend writers' ideas. Only a great writer can do that. Multiple human eyes, who are proficient in spelling and grammar, and the unique qualities within the writer him/herself, make the greatest writers. Don’t let a software program or application change that! You the writer must make the final decisions!

What spell checkers and grammar checkers can do, is provide a general guide or set of suggestions that writers can use to evaluate potential mistakes. If the software or application suggests something to the writer that looks horribly wrong, hit the “ignore suggestion” because it probably is wrong. In writing and computer training, users must remember that spell checkers and grammar checkers are general guides only. It is import to always use them in those regards.


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