I think I’m fortunate that I belong to the older generation who were taught spelling and grammar at school but, even so, I still use the Spelling Checker in MS Word to pick up any typos, etc. However, I am completely baffled by the Grammar Checker and can’t help but wonder if the Microsoft programmers who created it can actually read or write any English. I have just written a letter to a friend which included the following sentences:
“You can imagine the noise five small children generated; as well as there seeming to be about fifteen of them, they....” Microsoft’s suggestion: replace “there” with “their”.
“...when he saw the Mondeo we’d got after the old car was written off in an accident.....” Microsoft’s suggestion: replace “got” with “go”.
In all the years I’ve been using Word I have never yet agreed with any of the Grammar Checker’s suggested changes mainly because none of them ever makes any sense. I suppose I could switch it off but its nonsense often brightens a dull day. What do others think?
PS It’s just told me to change “...its nonsense...” to “...it’s nonsense...”. That says it all, I think.
The bit that puzzles me is when it suggests that I re-phrase a sentence. But it has no suggestions as to how. I read the sentence and if it makes sense to me then I consider it good enough for anyone else. Mind you I was never taught grammar at school, there was a war on and they taught me how to knit instead. Much more useful than grammar of course. I've always read a lot and I think that helps with both grammar and spelling. But like others on these forums I take the added precaution of using the spell checker and find it does pick up words where I may have hit a key twice or something.