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10.6: See grammar suggestions on hover System 10.6
Snow Leopard only hintSnow Leopard has a built-in grammar checker (in Cocoa and other certain apps) that will place green dotted lines under any possible grammatical errors it detects. (You may have to enable this first, in the program's Edit » Spelling and Grammar » Check Grammar With Spelling menu.) However, accessing the corrections panel using Control-Click » Spelling and Grammar » Show Spelling and Grammar has always seemed cumbersome.

Now I've discovered that simply hovering the mouse over the underlined word pops up a tool tip description of the error.

[robg adds: The first option in the contextual menu will be the replacement suggestion, but the Spelling and Grammar box will typically have more information. Given you probably want to make the suggested change anyway, I prefer the contextual menu, so I can see and replace; the tool tip merely shows the correction, but you can't do anything with it.]
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10.6: See grammar suggestions on hover
Authored by: dkk on Mar 12, '10 12:08:39PM

Sounds intriguing and valuable, but I don't understand. What application is involved? I couldn't find one named "Edit".



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10.6: See grammar suggestions on hover
Authored by: robg on Mar 12, '10 02:11:42PM

Sorry, I left "the program's" out of that sentence. Fixed now.

-rob.



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10.6: See grammar suggestions on hover
Authored by: dkk on Mar 12, '10 02:18:45PM

Found it: it's TextEdit -> Edit Spelling and Grammar Check Grammar With Spelling. The part that's missing is that the application is TextEdit. The comment is that the instructions need to be more explicit.



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10.6: See grammar suggestions on hover
Authored by: postglock on Mar 12, '10 07:40:37PM

I think Rob means that you have to enable it in each individual application manually. Unfortunately, "Check Grammar with Spelling" is greyed out in Mail.app.



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10.6: See grammar suggestions on hover
Authored by: derekcurrie on Apr 29, '10 03:05:30AM

Nope. I have it working in Mail on 10.6.3. You have to open a new message, THEN enable it.



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10.6: See grammar suggestions on hover
Authored by: Stormchild on Mar 12, '10 06:04:08PM

Works. ;)

http://skitch.com/stormchild/n32gx/osx-grammar-checker



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10.6: See grammar suggestions on hover
Authored by: babaloo on Mar 13, '10 11:30:03AM

Excellent!
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10.6: See grammar suggestions on hover
Authored by: gsgm on Mar 13, '10 06:33:50AM
Just adding a note that the option in the edit menu may not be available unless you are in an "edit mode" For example, reading e-mail in mac mail will not let you changing the option, but composing a message will.

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10.6: See grammar suggestions on hover-Proofreading in Pages
Authored by: MtnBiker on Mar 14, '10 08:18:44AM

I'm assuming this is Proofreading in the application Pages. Pages separates spelling and grammar (and apparently names it something different than in some of their other apps.

PS I find it a bit annoying to have it on, keeps flashing green underline as I type, which usually goes off as I continue. Maybe I'd get used to it. Doesn't like "different than" above, but doesn't offer suggestions. Sounds a bit awkward, but "different from" sounds worse. OK this is OT.

Edited to remove a clarification that someone had already made.

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Edited on Mar 14, '10 08:28:23AM by MtnBiker



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10.6: See grammar suggestions on hover-Proofreading in Pages
Authored by: Mac Berry on Mar 15, '10 07:50:38AM

It only seems to offer corrections in the contextual menu if the error applies to one word. So "An sausage" can be corrected to "A sausage", but "different than" can't be corrected, even though the error does show up on a hover.

So it's better than nothing, but not a very advanced grammar checker compared to the likes of Word.

BTW, try "different to".

Mark



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Different to
Authored by: MtnBiker on Mar 15, '10 10:50:39AM

Different to. Doesn't sound right to this Californian.

BTW I no longer use Word. Word v5.1 was fine, but now too much of a pain. Pages has issues too, but Word seems more difficult to work around. I do miss style sheets "based on" though.

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Different to
Authored by: Mac Berry on Mar 17, '10 05:26:59AM

Ah well, I can't help you there then ;) Maybe your language should be called "Californian" or "American", not "English" ;) ;)

A search shows that "different to" is used in English in England only, so you'd be right. "Different than" doesn't work in either language though - something can be "more different than" something else, but A can't be "different than" B. That said it is used a lot, so it's probably an overly pedantic point.

I'm with you regarding Word!

Mark



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OT: Different From
Authored by: derekcurrie on Apr 29, '10 03:10:35AM

"Doesn't like "different than" . . . but "different from" sounds worse."

Actually, 'different from' is correct. 'Different than' is a popular vernacular error.



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10.6: See grammar suggestions on hover
Authored by: mildred on Mar 16, '10 04:55:40AM

It would be helpful if someone with at least half a brain would review your 'hints' which, more often than not, waste more effort than the original issue.

Who hires you guys, anyway? [Use the hover grammar hint to find errors in this post and make your day...]



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10.6: See grammar suggestions on hover
Authored by: robg on Apr 29, '10 05:40:25AM

Feel free to read elsewhere.

-rob.



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