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Apparently, when I go to Tools -> "Spelling and Grammer" dialog box in OpenOffice Writer, it only does the spell checking. Further, it only adds red underlines for spelling mistakes, no green underlines (as seen in MS-Word) to highlight the grammar mistakes.

I added a test sentence like "I have help him catch a fish." which has a grammar mistake, but OpenOffice doesn't detect that. Do I have to manually install a component from this Lingucomponent which I've found out while Googling? I have LibreOffice 3.4.4 in Ubuntu.

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Does anyone has an idea on this, and care to share it? –  KasunBG Mar 24 '12 at 19:40

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OpenOffice 3.4 only has a menu link for a grammar checker, it does not include one. So, if you have a grammar checker that claims to work with OpenOffice, you can install it and it will run after the Spell checker. However, all the English grammar checkers that support OpenOffice seem either so limited as to be useless, or in the case of one - positively damaging - read the comments before installing.

I have proof-read literally hundreds of books in English, and run my finished documents through the MS Office grammar checker before sending them off. That is pretty good at picking up the sort of trivial mistakes that come from boredom! I have tested several commercial grammar checkers and find that the MS Office one is the best. But, even that tool is not good as a first check; you must proof-read manually first, using your knowledge of English, and then use the grammar checker. I'm afraid a computer can't correct bad English reliably. If you don't know a language well, a grammar checker could even make things worse, and you would never know!

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