As you can see from the image below, Microsoft word 2016 makes some unnecessary suggestion for words like "really", "according to","that being said, you".

The third error for example, deletes most of the words, and only leaves the word "you".

I know how to turn this feature off, but I still want to figure out why it's happening, and see if it's an issue specifically with the 2016 version, since previous versions did not have this problem.

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    Those suggested grammar fixes are due to how the text is formatted and are actually valid grammar suggestions, It also is worth pointing out, that Office 2017/Word 2017 does not actually exist, so please edit your question and provide the actual version of Word you are using. – Ramhound Jun 7 '17 at 16:51
  • Even the edit isn't any better grammatically. It's very 'conversational' & might work in a dialogue script, but not as formal writing. – Tetsujin Jun 7 '17 at 19:30

Basically echoing Ramhound's comment above and agreeing with it: Microsoft Word is suggesting these grammar fixes because they are indeed errors in the grammar.

They might be the way you speak or write, or they may be relics of the formatting of the document (we don't often say "and point H is ..." so the document might have some formatting for comprehension that breaks the thoughts up in a way that makes correct grammar more awkward.

But the point remains, the highlighted sections in the document sample you have provided are indeed grammatically incorrect.

The first one is because the section starts off mid-sentence. "Or" is a conjunction, a combining word, that goes between clauses inside a single sentence. You do not begin a sentence with "or". While the highlight is on "really piss", the root of the problem is that you've structured this sentences, from the outset, incorrectly. You can begin the sentence with "accordingly" or another word that has a similar meaning but is appropriate for the beginning of a sentence.

The second one is because "according to" should never end a sentence. "According to" always requires a following "what": "According to this document", or "according to Benyamin", or something similar. "According to" needs an object to be complete.

The third one is because the comma is unnecessary to separate the clauses of the sentence.

  • I'm with you 99.9% of the way; though I'd lose "With" altogether in the Transition. "That being said," may be archaic & even cliché, but it can stand alone: it needs no "With" to kick it into gear. (I'm loath to comment on how I'd actually grade the paper as it stands ;) – Tetsujin Jun 7 '17 at 18:00
  • Good point on the "with". "with" does seem to beg a preceding sentence, or merely duplicates the "that" which immediately follows it. (damn it, I'm a technologist, not a grammarian!) – music2myear Jun 7 '17 at 18:14
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    I was going to comment on your use of "loath" instead of "loathe", but I googled it first, and you were right @Tetsujin. – music2myear Jun 7 '17 at 18:16
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    I used it in that form, loath being 'reluctant' against loathe leaning heavily toward 'dislike', even 'hatred'... then double-checked. It would have been a poor place to make a mistake ;) – Tetsujin Jun 7 '17 at 18:27
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    The additional information really doesn't change anything, and we can't really get into the finer points of grammar because most of us are grammarian hobbyists at best, and not experts. But, Microsoft Word tends to have an aggressive and nonadjustable grammar engine. You should not take it's flags as rules, but as suggestions. But you should consider them to be generally informed suggestions. Microsoft doesn't hire dummies (or us hobbyists) to program their grammar engine. The succinct answer to your question remains: The flags are there because you are using incorrect grammar. – music2myear Jun 7 '17 at 18:56

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