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What about a good software to check grammar in English language?

I'm looking a software for English grammar, spelling, and style checking. Can you suggest me a suitable software for this purpose ?

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Mechanical Turk? –  Peter Taylor Mar 14 '11 at 7:20
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Most modern text editors provide such functionality, such as Pages on Mac, Emacs/vim on *nix, Microsoft Word on Windows and many many others. Their capabilities vary though. They usually only check simple things, especially if you talk about grammar and style. For spelling, they usually do a good job.

Do you have a special need or you are just looking for general solutions?

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Thanks for the reply. Actually I have a special need, it I’m writing me M.Sc. in Computer Science thesis. For that purpose I’m looking such software. I think capabilities for word, ( or any other such software ) is inadequate for my purpose. One possibility is whitesmoke.com software. But at the moment I don’t know whether it is worth to buy it. –  Upul Mar 14 '11 at 5:43
I see. You could also take a look at this: grammarly.com. Myself doesn't have any experience with more sophisticated tools other than the ones in editors. But I think thoroughly checking grammar is very hard, since it requires understanding the text in depth (e.g., natural language processing). –  evergreen Mar 14 '11 at 5:59
I tried Whitesmoke a few years back and wasn't impressed. I threw some common grammar errors at it and it didn't report them. It has been a good three years though - maybe it has improved since then (I'm pretty sure I had reported my findings on their web site.) The best one I know is Antidote, but it's for French only, though I've heard that the company is working on an English version. –  MetalMikester Mar 14 '11 at 11:18
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If you're looking for grammar-checking libraries, then take a look at the OpenOffice grammar extensions, and the Link Grammar Parser (which is now used by Abiword as their grammar-checking facility).

You'll likely find a lot of code you can use there, or at least learn how you could implement a grammar-checking system yourself.

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