Working with Grammatik

Grammatik checks documents for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. By typing in the Drawing Window, you can edit documents manually. By setting options, you can control how Grammatik functions. For example, you can have Grammatik start proofreading as soon as you open the dialog box. You can use Grammatik to replace passive sentences with active sentences or add words it doesn't recognize to a user word list. When a passive sentence doesn't have a subject, you can specify the subject for Grammatik to use. You can also change the default language Grammatik uses to check documents.

Grammatik bases its checks on a style. Styles are comprised of grammar rules, writing styles, and levels of formality. You can change the grammar checking style, and as a result, change the interpretation of these elements.

You can also edit grammar checking styles by removing or adding grammar rules which those styles contain. You can also create, edit, and restore grammar checking styles.

You can have Grammatik analyze the grammatical structure of your writing and your writing style to determine its level of readability. You can use this information to decide how to correct possible errors and refine your writing style.

Grammatik can assign a part of speech to each word or group of words in a sentence (e.g., subject, verb, or subordinate clause) and display it in a parse tree. You can also analyze the parts of speech (e.g., conjunction, abbreviation, or preposition) of a selected sentence.

In addition, you can generate and view three statistical summaries: Basic Counts, Flagged List, and Readability Report. For Basic Counts, Grammatik provides a count of paragraphs, sentences, words (as well as their levels of complexity), and syllables. It also provides counts for the average number of syllables per word, words per sentence, and sentences per paragraph. You can use the Basic Counts report to determine if you use many long words in your writing.

The Flagged summary provides a list of the types of errors flagged in the document. It also lists the number of times each error was flagged. Flagged summaries can be useful for identifying the types of grammar problems that appear frequently in your writing.

The Readability summary estimates the skill level required for a reader to understand your document. Grammatik analyzes readability by comparing your document with a comparison document, then generates a Readability report. You can choose a Grammatik comparison document or add a comparison document. Grammatik evaluates a document according to a readability formula, which is dependent on the language you select, the level of difficulty required to read the document, how often you use the passive voice, the length and complexity of sentence structure, and the complexity of words.

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