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A punctuation mistake is a violation of the punctuation norm, that is, a set of rules that oblige us to apply or not to apply these or other punctuation marks in a letter. Punctuation marks are necessary in the text so that the person reading it understands the meaning that the author of the text has put in, unambiguously, without distortion. Anton Pavlovich Chekhov compared the punctuation marks with a musical notation, without which it is also impossible to record and then “read” the music.

For a qualitative check of punctuation, Orthograms have to conduct a deep syntactic analysis of each sentence: select parts of speech and parts of a sentence in it, identify existing and possible links between them, and even analyze neighboring sentences. This is a complex task that no one has yet solved for the Russian language to the end. Now Orthogram uses about  900 individual algorithms to test approximately 100 punctuation rules, and the number of algorithms is growing every day.

Any work associated with writing or editing texts requires careful checking for spelling, grammatical and punctuation errors, as well as their correction. Fortunately, in our age of high technologies, it is not necessary to do this manually, which saves time and effort. The special tools, services and programs designed to identify the author’s shortcomings in the text will help to carry out the correction. Even if you do not take into account people who are experiencing great difficulties with the Russian language, spell checking will always be relevant and can be useful in various activities. Errors make all, after all, under the condition of perfect literacy, the human factor is always present.

 

TEXT VERIFICATION

Log in or register on the english corrector site. This is easy to do through social networks, for example, VKontakte. Paste your text into the editor and click the Check button. After a few seconds, the Orthogram will highlight all errors found in the text and will show on the right a list of notes for each of them.

 

BUG WORK

At the top right, in the area with a list of errors, there is a “Types of notes” panel. In it, you can choose which errors to show, for example, put a check mark on “punctuation”, and turn off the other check marks.

You can navigate through the errors found inside the text by pointing at each mouse pointer, or you can select errors in the list of notes on the right. The active note is highlighted and underlined in the text.

It is convenient to use for navigation “hot keys” of the Orthogram editor. Press F1 to see them.

So, select the error, read its explanation and advice on correcting, if necessary, study the official rule for the link in the Orthogram library, and then edit the text. This can be done with the help of the automatic correction link from the Spelling Board or manually, from the keyboard. After correction, delete the unnecessary note: with a cross in the upper right corner of the note or with Alt-Delete.

 

CHECK YOURSELF: A LIST OF POSSIBLE ERRORS

Checking your text for errors, do not always imagine what to look for. The following is a checklist of the most common grammatical errors that English texts make. Use this list to check your text for errors.

  • Spelling and punctuation: Check whether your text has spelling errors or misplaced punctuation, such as missing points or extra commas;
  • Matching the subject and the predicate: Always check whether the predicate (verb) is consistent with the subject in the sentence. Both the subject and the predicate must stand in one person and numbers. For example, in the sentence “Sally likes apples”, the subject (Sally) is consistent with the verb in the third person singular (likes);
  • Long sentences: Usually it is recommended not to write too long sentences – it is easy to lose the thread of reasoning in them both to the author and his reader. But if you like to use long complex sentences consisting of several subordinates, we recommend checking them more carefully;
  • Tenses: Check how consistently the verb tenses are used in your text. For example, starting to write text in the past tense, have you accidentally jumped to the present?
  • Singular and plural: This is a common type of error. Sometimes we accidentally use the plural instead of the singular and vice versa.

 

BEAUTY

In addition to spell checking, Orthograms will help to enhance the beauty of your text: pay attention to semantic redundancy (tautology and pleonasma), point out inappropriate and difficult to read combinations of words, select correct synonyms and epithets, suggest replacing foreign words with correct Russian-speaking analogues, prompt correct accents. Just switch to the Beauty tab and click the Check Beauty button or the F7 key.

 

TOP QUALITY ON EACH PART

On the Quality tab, the Orthogram will help you improve the text’s SEO parameters: it will tell you how to reduce the amount of “water”, analyze frequency combinations (keywords) and evaluate their redundancy (perepam), pay attention to unnatural phrases (unnatural keywords) and tell how to optimize text for better indexing by search engines, while maintaining its value and appeal to the reader.

 

STATISTIC OF WORDS, CHARACTERS, ETC

For each scanned document French spell checker creates a statistical report in which, in addition to the number of characters, words, sentences and other statistical data, it provides many other useful information: readability indexes and nebulae, text SEO parameters, the most common words, long words, average time typing, reading it out loud and to yourself and more.

To view the statistical report on the scanned document, click the “Statistics” button in the right corner of the editor menu.

 

DO NOT FORGET

Orthograms are not a person, but a set of complex mathematical and linguistic algorithms that analyze your text and try to understand its meaning using artificial intelligence methods. At the same time, they are required to qualitatively resolve homonymy: the oven (verb) patties and put the pie in the oven (noun); my (pronoun) brother and my (verb) hands!  The situation is aggravated by spelling errors or, for example, the disuse of the letter e. Often, the meaning of the written is not easy to understand, not only to readers, but even to the author of the text!

Therefore, when the Orthogram indicates in the text a place where, in her opinion, there  may be punctuation errors, it is based on its understanding of its meaning and explains its point of view in detail. Agree with it or not, as well as correct the errors found – your task.

Every day we work on improving Orthograms: we improve old and add new linguistic algorithms, we train artificial neural networks, we replenish dictionaries – the service will grow wiser before our eyes, but there is still a long way to go. Remember, the Orthogram is not perfect yet: it may misunderstand the meaning of a sentence, give incorrect advice, and even miss any mistake.

On the other hand, the quality of text verification at Orthograms is inferior only to professional correctors and is constantly improving. In addition, she does not get tired and does not get sick, is not subject to “blurring the eyes” and is able to check one hundred and one thousand documents per hour. This means that it will greatly help in reading the text to anyone, even the most competent user, save him from mistakes and typos, save time for more important things.

 

ADD GRAMMAR AND SPELL CHECKER OPTIONS IN THE WORDPRESS MESSAGE EDITOR

There are various kinds of WordPress plugins, and some online tools to assist improve your writing. We tried all the popular grammar checking solutions and finally chose Grammarly as the best option for our team.

Grammar is an artificial text-writing assistant that helps you avoid grammatical and spelling errors in writing. It automatically checks spelling and grammar when you write, and highlights errors so you can fix it.

This is a free paid upgrade tool for more features. In the free version you can correct critical grammatical errors, punctuation and spelling errors. The premium version comes with an extended grammar, sentence structure and style functions to further improve your writing.

 

INSTALL THE GRAMMARLY EXTENSION IN YOUR WEB BROWSER

The easiest way to use Grammarly with WordPress is to install a browser extension. It has a free extension for all major web browsers.

The best part of using the Grammarly browser extension is that it works on all websites. You can get instant proofreading for your emails, social media posts, Google Docs, Slack, and more.

You can install the extension by visiting the official website of Grammarly. It will automatically detect your browser and show you a button to add an extension.

The topic of misunderstanding the exceptional features of syntax-incompatible foreigners is inexhaustible, and services for checking the quality of the text stumble about sayings with controversial interpretation. Also, many slang expressions are often absent in the dictionaries of programs, which makes it impossible to perfectly correct what is written. In this case, the use of such software allows you to pay attention to most of the errors in the texts and eliminate them. The “assistants” of the authors can be integrated into a text editor, additionally downloaded to a computer or used online.

Check out the spell checker options online.