GOOGLE has released a grammar-checking tool that uses AI to correct your dodgy sentences.
It’s an evolution on the company’s existing spell-checker technology, and works automatically for Google users.
Google The new grammar-checking system is built straight into Google Docs
The company has built the technology into Google Docs, an online rival to the Microsoft Office word processor.
As you’re writing, Google’s systems will pick up problems with your grammar – and then warn you about them.
“If you’ve made a grammar mistake, a squiggly blue line will appear under the phrase as you write it,” explained Google’s Vishnu Sivaji.
“You can choose to accept the suggestion by right-clicking it.”
Google Google uses AI machine learning technology to correct your grammar mistakes
So how does it work?
Fixing spelling is easy, because Google’s systems can simply cross-reference whether a given word exists using a dictionary.
But grammar is harder, because it’s a complex system of rules that can vary depending on where you live, the style of writing you’re creating, and the language you speak.
So Google’s solution was to solve the problem with AI-powered “machine translation”.
Google’s automated system can recognise errors and suggest corrections as work is getting done.
The search engine giant said it worked with linguists to “decipher the rules” for the machine translation model, and then used this as the foundation for automatic suggestions.
““Affect” versus “effect,” “there” versus “their,” or even more complicated rules like how to use prepositions correctly or the right verb tense, are examples of errors that grammar suggestions can help you catch,” Vishnu said.
“Because this technology is built right into in Docs, you don’t have to rely on third-party apps to do the work.”
Sadly, the technology is currently only limited to business users on Google’s G Suite, who should start seeing the system any day now.
However, this release likely means that the roll-out for general users isn’t too far off – so don’t panic.
Google also told The Sun that the system only supports US grammar right now.
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