The Basics: “Why Can’t I Just Use Spell-check?”

When it comes to editing services, one of the statements I’ve heard throughout my career is “Why can’t I just use my word processor? It checks spelling and grammar.”

The statement is factually correct: Most word processors do offer both spell- and grammar-check. Those programs, however, were never meant to replace a human editor.

When you misspell a word, the WP offers suggestions for correction. There are some problems, however.

As far as grammar-check:

In short, while word processors have come a long, long way, they still have miles to go. Until then, a real-life human editor can make all the difference.

 

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