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Google Docs gets a grammar checker
July 30, 2018, 12:00 pm

Google Docs, the app that allows you to write and edit documents for free, is to get a cutting-edge grammar-checking feature. Say goodbye to ‘affect’ and ‘effect’ conundrums, incorrect tenses and improper use of commas, colons and clauses with the new grammar-check function on Google Docs.

According to Google, the grammar-checker will rely on the latest machine translation technology used in Google Translate to translate between multiple languages. Except, instead of translating a sentence from, say, French to German, it will be translating your imperfect writing into a grammatically correct passage.

Details on what the grammar checking feature is capable of and exactly how its artificial intelligence (AI) technology will work are limited right now. What we do know is that Google is already quite capable when it comes to machine translation — two years ago, the company said its tech was approaching human levels of accuracy. So, it makes sense that Google would lean on its already established tech when developing the grammar-checking feature.

The grammar check feature will not be widely available right away. It is launching first for business users, who will be able to start doing that right away. Google did not say when the feature would be released to consumer accounts or which languages the feature would support at launch.

In addition to the grammar check feature, Google also said that it is going to start enabling its Smart Compose feature inside of Gmail for business customers. The feature, which basically autocompletes entire sentences for you based on the context of your email, launched to the public as an ‘experimental feature’ in May. Google now says it will roll out the feature to G Suite users in the coming weeks.




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