Grammar Checking: How Software Can be Useful

You Can Teach Writing has a post “Grammar Check Software Can Make Student Writing Worse.”

I think we all know that.

The post, though, offers a way that students can use grammar checker to help their writing. It involves three picky writing conventions: quotation punctuation, period spacing, and serial commas.

At the college level, a student might take simultaneously two or three courses with different specifications for these three elements. It makes sense to give the computer instructions and let it make sure those instructions are followed. Just remembering to reset the conventions correctly for each course is challenge enough for most students.

Note: The blog does not let you copy and quote. I had to type that in by myself. Annoying.

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