[nabs-l] MicroSoft Word question: Spelling and Grammar check

Derek Manners dmanners at jd16.law.harvard.edu
Sat Jan 10 06:01:06 UTC 2015


I would say pausing on each one to double check is your best bet. I know I pay special attention to those even though I use zoomtext because I frequently just misuse them out of carelessness. Ideally, grammar checks will continue to become smarter. There may also be a setting you can adjust to make it more stringent. When I'm not on a train, I can look and see how to get to the menu. But I know you can have it mark when you do one or two spaces after a period as incorrect grammatically so there may be an option to catch more grammar.

Best wishes
Derek Manners

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> On Jan 10, 2015, at 12:55 AM, Michael D Ausbun via nabs-l <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> 
> Hello All:
> 
>    Alright, but in the case of just listening to a document, if one is using JAWS or another screen reader, how does one catch spelling or grammar errors? For example, if one accidentally uses wile instead of while, even though they actually know that while ought to be used instead of wile, how do they catch that they used the wrong while? Would they just have to pause every time they come to a homophone, and ensure it is the correct one?
>    I believe most of my issues arise from this problem, and since a professor recently commented on this, I probably should make it go away. I apologize, if I’m being overly persistent.
> Best Regards,
> Michael
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> Hi all,
>        When checking for grammar and spelling mistakes, I generally just read through my papers several times. If you have grammar or citation  questions, I suggest reading Strunk and White's The Elements of Style and Purdue Online Writing Lab respectively. As for commas, you use them before the conjunctions: for, and, nor, but, or , yet,so (FANBOYS). You also use them in a list, after a preposition, after an if clause, and around nonrestrictive appositives.
> 
> Hope this helps,
> Kaley
> 
> 
> On Saturday, January 10, 2015 12:17 AM, Kaiti Shelton via nabs-l <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> 
> 
> To be honest, I would be interested in an answer to this question too.
> Especially since I have chosen English classes in college based more
> on their theme and reading material than their writing, I think I'm
> becoming rusty for lack of practice.  My biggest problem seems to be
> that I overuse commas, placing them in places where I think it would
> be natural to pause when speaking because that's how my brain works.
> Grammar check doesn't catch these issues most of the time and I
> honestly don't remember a lot of my grammar lessons from almost 4
> years ago.
> 
> Michael, I'm an advocate for more braille, but even though I read
> books in braille all the time this is still an issue for me.  Don't
> feel too bad.  :)
> 
>> On 1/9/15, Michael D Ausbun via nabs-l <nabs-l at nfbnet.org<mailto:nabs-l at nfbnet.org>> wrote:
>> Hello Nabs!
>>    This is probably a silly question, easily solved if I were to read more
>> braille; however, because I don't have the resources or time, I figured I'd
>> give this a shot.
>>    I've found that it is becoming recently more common, that I tend to miss
>> spelling and grammar mistakes, even after I do a spelling and grammar check
>> on my documents (school, work, etc.). I was wondering, is there a saves-all
>> trick that you guys use, in order to catch the homophones or random, but
>> easily made, Grammar mistakes?
>> Respectfully,
>> Michael
>> Secretary, Nevada Association of Blind Student, National Federation of the
>> Blind
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