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My elementary school teachers grilled grammar and punctuation into me and I prided myself on perfect grammar, but rules are made to be broken and I have to admit that since now I only remember school from looking at the yearbook, I've also forgotten a lot of what they've taught me. Fortunately, Word's Grammar Checker has come a long way over the years. It now also checks for Style issues as well. There are times though when Word insists that I'm incorrect, yet I like my wording just fine, you can customize the Grammar Checker, so that it corrects the issues you want it to look out for and ignore the ones you don't.
Go up to the File tab and down to Options, click on the Proofing section. Down here are the options for grammar. Now I don't recommend turning the grammar checker off altogether, but let's take a look at the settings. First, you can tell it what part of your Writing Style do you want it to look at, just the Grammar or the Grammar & the Style, I'll turn them both on. Now I'll click on the Settings button. Under Require are three very common issues. Do you like to have a comma before the last item in the list of items? You can have it always require that there is a comma there, never put a comma there or don't look for it.
Next, punctuation with quotation marks, you could have it or not look for it or always insist that the punctuation is before your last quotation mark or that the punctuation is always after the last quotation mark. And then Spaces required between sentences; you can have it ignore it completely or require that there is always one space between your sentences, or if you are in school, two spaces between use sentences. Next, are a list of Grammar issues, then you can pick and choose anything that you feel like you need to turn off. Under that there is a number of Style issues.
Now, some of these are going to be subjective, so you'll need to experiment with which settings work well with your own particular writing style. The ability to target your own needs makes the grammar checker that much more useful than it is just using the default settings.
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