How much do you trust Microsoft Word for your grammar errors?

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How much do you trust Microsoft Word for your grammar errors?

Loriandhubby Loriandhubby
Hello fellow reviewers,

My Hubby is a wiz at grammar and comma usage. When he helps me edit my reviews in Microsoft Office Word 2007 the system does not pick up several errors.

For example comma errors are rarely picked up, comma splices, and run on sentences.

Also, we have read several reviews that have these types of errors written by seasoned reviewers. Therefore, we began to wonder just how much Word or similar programs are trusted.
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I trust my word processor
7
I trust my word processor but I always double check
7
I don't use a word processor
5
I'm not good at commas no matter what I try.
2
I'm not good at run on sentences no matter what I try.
1
There are other areas Word does not pick up. Plz share.
16
Total votes: 38 (28 voters)
Poll is closed
05/08/2012
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Ryuson Ryuson
A recent error it didn't catch (because the sentence makes sense out of any context) was "This is better for a girl with more patients than I." Well I suppose a women with more patients than a pre-med student has more PATIENCE as well, but that's not what I wanted to say!
05/08/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
I trust it more than my knowledge. If not for word I would be lost. lol
I have used other programs with similar results but I honestly think as long as it is readable it is fine.
05/08/2012
Loriandhubby Loriandhubby
For an example, Running relieves stress it can prolong life.

Word does not pick up the grammar error.

I trust word for my spelling; however, I'm second guessing its grammar abilities.
05/08/2012
Gracie Gracie
Quote:
Originally posted by Loriandhubby
For an example, Running relieves stress it can prolong life.

Word does not pick up the grammar error.

I trust word for my spelling; however, I'm second guessing its grammar abilities.
I don't trust microsoft word. It will catch most misspelled words, but not all. I find I disagree with my word processer frequently!
05/08/2012
Incendiaire Incendiaire
I disable it; it's only ever proven to be a nuisance, and never helpful.
05/08/2012
Bex1331 Bex1331
I trust it way more than I should
05/08/2012
Sammi Sammi
I don't trust Word's editor for very much. This is a fun paragraph to run through Word to see what it catches, for both spelling or grammar:

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05/08/2012
Gracie Gracie
Quote:
Originally posted by Sammi
I don't trust Word's editor for very much. This is a fun paragraph to run through Word to see what it catches, for both spelling or grammar:

"Computers are such wonderful inventions. Eye can right a paper and use spell- check to ...
That's very funny! See we shouldn't trust it!
05/08/2012
Master DarkWolf Master DarkWolf
Sometimes you write something that as a word it's grammatically correct, but not as the proper word for the content.
05/08/2012
Kissy Kissy
There are things like run on sentences and commas that word can't fix. I am not the best writer, but try to read my reviews a few times to fix the things I can!
05/09/2012
Antipova Antipova
I am pretty darn skeptical of word processor checks---I usually use a simple textpad or notepad utility because Word is slow to load on my laptop. But Word calls me out for grammatical errors that I haven't made all the time---it's frustrating. I know my stuff better than their algorithms do, and I write complex sentences so it's not uncommon for me to throw Word off.
05/09/2012
Do emu Do emu
I use OpenOffice, but I always double,check stuff. Word processors can overlook a lot of stuff.
05/09/2012
Loriandhubby Loriandhubby
Is there a program that's better than MS Word?
05/09/2012
VelvetDragon VelvetDragon
I don't trust them to catch even basic grammar mistakes. I use Notepad to compose papers, reviews, and articles.

In terms of catching grammar mistakes, there aren't really any better options than MS Word. They're all about the same. However, in terms of the program itself, I personally like OpenOffice Writer, Google Docs, and Notepad++, all of which are free! I don't even have Word on my computer anymore.
05/09/2012
Loriandhubby Loriandhubby
Quote:
Originally posted by VelvetDragon
I don't trust them to catch even basic grammar mistakes. I use Notepad to compose papers, reviews, and articles.

In terms of catching grammar mistakes, there aren't really any better options than MS Word. They're all about the ...
Thank you so much. I think I need to get requanted with my Eng Comp I & II books.

Any idea if books from 1988 are out of date? Do they change the rules often for grammer?
05/09/2012
Chilipepper Chilipepper
The problem with grammar checks is that grammar has not caught up with how people speak, and people write the way they speak now. *rubs temples, having just come from Facebook*

I've run into a wonderful problem with the spellcheck, though. As a student in legal office administration, I deal with vocabulary that the spelling programs refuse to acknowledge as legitimate. I've had to edit my default dictionary so many times, it's ridiculous.

Incidentally, I use Open Office.
05/09/2012
VelvetDragon VelvetDragon
Quote:
Originally posted by Loriandhubby
Thank you so much. I think I need to get requanted with my Eng Comp I & II books.

Any idea if books from 1988 are out of date? Do they change the rules often for grammer?
They'll be fine -- any changes since then have been minor, and the old rules generally still hold true even when new allowances are added. A few formatting rules have changed due to shifting from typewriters to computers. For example, some old books indicate you should use two spaces after a period, but this hasn't been true for decades.
05/09/2012
Kitten has left the site Kitten has left the site
not only do i use my microsoft office word 2007 to help with reviews, i also use it to write. im a fanfiction author that writes erotica, and i rely on it, but i have notice that it will want to change a word in a sentence and if i read that outloud to myself, it won't even make sense, so i have to double check everytime i finish.
05/09/2012
Antipova Antipova
Quote:
Originally posted by VelvetDragon
I don't trust them to catch even basic grammar mistakes. I use Notepad to compose papers, reviews, and articles.

In terms of catching grammar mistakes, there aren't really any better options than MS Word. They're all about the ...
Lucky. I have to have word to be able to use the track-changes features that co-authors send at me. Otherwise I'd have Word banished from my hard drive too. Soooooo slow and overloaded with features I don't need! D:
05/09/2012
Loriandhubby Loriandhubby
I think I need to enroll into a few more english classes at the local CC. I love to write and hope that one day I can go somewhere with my writing. I have had english comp 1 & 2 and three honors english courses. But that way years and years ago.
05/09/2012
TheSinDoll TheSinDoll
I like using Word, if for no other reason than to see better. It's easier for me to see what I'm working on and I don't have that aggravating photo upload that some words hide behind.

I agree, Word isn't going to catch everything, but it gives me a better place on which to work.
05/09/2012
namelesschaos namelesschaos
I use it and being bad at grammar it is helpful but it is no substitute for sitting down and doing the painful (for me) task of editing and proofreading.
05/09/2012
K101 K101
Quote:
Originally posted by Loriandhubby
Hello fellow reviewers,

My Hubby is a wiz at grammar and comma usage. When he helps me edit my reviews in Microsoft Office Word 2007 the system does not pick up several errors.

For example comma errors are rarely picked up, comma ...
I do not trust Word at all! I have to use word for my school assignment and I HATE it! I always have mistakes that Word made, not me! It makes me so angry. It always capitalizes random words and when I fix the errors word makes, it automatically changes it on its own. I try explaining that to my instructor and for some reason they still require us to use word. It also won't catch some mistakes. It seems Word makes more mistakes than I do! Lol
05/09/2012
Khanner Khanner
I feel like a total rube because I only use Firefox's spellcheck for reviews.
Outside of Eden, I turn grammar checking off because often I'm doing technical writing where the normal laws of grammar don't apply well. I like to think I have an okay grasp on English grammar. I double check and do okay, I think.
05/09/2012
VelvetDragon VelvetDragon
Quote:
Originally posted by K101
I do not trust Word at all! I have to use word for my school assignment and I HATE it! I always have mistakes that Word made, not me! It makes me so angry. It always capitalizes random words and when I fix the errors word makes, it automatically ...
You can turn this off! It should be under autocorrect options. I HATE autocorrect! Here's how: link
05/10/2012
pasdechat pasdechat
I don't even bother paying attention to the grammar check. It seems to only be able to understand really basic sentence structures; anything other than the basic subject/verb/object is beyond it. Most of the time, the "mistakes" it catches aren't errors at all--it's simply misread the sentence. And it doesn't catch actual mistakes, so...yeah, I don't trust it.
05/10/2012
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Unique posters: 19