[OS X TeX] Grammar checker

George Ghio gghi at bordernet.com.au
Tue Dec 2 13:47:33 CET 2008

On 02/12/2008, at 4:45 PM, Luis Vitorio Cargnini wrote:

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> Le 08-12-02 à 00:18, Alain Schremmer a écrit :
>> On Dec 1, 2008, at 10:49 PM, David Watson wrote:
>>> On Dec 1, 2008, at 9:16 PM, Luis Vitorio Cargnini wrote:
>>>> Anyone knows a grammar checker for LaTeX ?
>>>> this is a weakness in LaTeX editors like texshop.
>>> I would argue that this a strength. From personal experience, MS  
>>> Word makes some poor grammatical suggestions. I think the best  
>>> grammar check is a combination of a concise style manual, such as  
>>> The Elements of Style (for the English language), plenty of time  
>>> so you can set the work down for a few days and then take a fresh  
>>> look, and someone who you trust to tell you the truth, no matter  
>>> how painful it may be to hear it.
>>> I can tell when someone uses MS Word to "correct" his work;  
>>> "which" and "that" are used inconsistently, and the flow is  
>>> unnatural.
>> This non-native speaker doesn't think he can really tell but, when  
>> I used MS Word, I would often think its grammar rather strange and  
>> I ended up disabling its grammar checker long before disabling MS  
>> Word terminally. Of course, many linguists, Harris, Chomsky, etc  
>> have failed to write grammars that wouldn't have many exceptions.  
>> So, it would have been rather surprising had MS Word succeeded.
>> Regards
>> --schremmer
> OK.
> I asked this because the worst combination always is time plus  
> someone to trust specially in Ph.D thesis how to trust someone to  
> read your "fresh" work, this is the problem.
> But anyway thanks for your response fellows.

The truth is that the best option is a professional editor. I claim to  
be an editor but I don't do copy editing, mainly because I'm no good  
at it. I only do structural editing and reading. Strunk and White "The  
Elements of Style" is a must have for any one who writes in English.  
An ad on Craig's List will turn up plenty of offers. MS? What's that?

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