Just wondered if there was any point in having a spelling and grammar checker within hubpages?
I raise this question because I see a lot of spelling and grammar mistakes while reading through hubs. It spoils an excellent piece of work. If people wrote their piece in word, first or whatever wordprocessing program they use, spell check it and then copy and pasted to the hub then these problems would probably be corrected. For those like me, who sometimes write straight into a hubpage - errors are easily missed. I correct any problems during edit, after publishing, hoping I've corrected all and if not, maybe someone would let me know so I can correct it. Just an idea!
i think it's a very important tool. So many times when you're on a roll and just typing like crazy, you end up making mistakes and spell checker is awesome for fixing it.
These are definitely great tools for those who know how to use them and do. It would be great if people who do not even know how to form a proper sentence, let alone an idea and write it out in properly spoken or written form, would learn how before they start using a computer on this site. It makes me ill the number of idiotic incomplete questions asked on this site.
I vote YES to spell check, I am one of those who spend twice as much time on checking then on the original ideas. My worry is that most of the U.S. lives on FaceBook and now have forgotten how to spell.
I'd agree with the previous answers. Attention to the so-called "mechanics" of the English language is too often lacking. The Canadian writer Alice Munro--winner of the 2009 Booker Prize--when asked by a young man whether or not he should become a writer responded, "I don't know--do you like sentences?"
I see too many sentences on Hubpages that are really, really hard to tolerate, let alone like.
I asked a similar question and got negative answers. When I took writing courses, the instructors always stressed using grammar and spell checker. I believe that is very important, as I too see many errors. There are some writers on this site who could teach writing and possess these skills. However, there are others who make mistakes and learn by their mistakes. I always use a spelling and grammar checker on MS Word, which is not perfect, but does help the writer. I had a hubber point out an error of mine, so I appreciate all the help I can get.
This thing has helped me sooo much that it's not even funny. If their as a vote on it, mine would be YES!!
I wrote a letter to Ghost32 how do I know if he got it?
and can I change my screen name? kada35 would be better
Leni, there is a spell-checker option in each text capsule. It's labelled ABC in the row of options at the top. It has to be selected to spellcheck, though.
Kada, it's not possible to change a screen name. If you really want it different you'd have to resign and sign back up with the preferred screen name. Since you've not been here long, it's the best time to do that before you've accumulated a lot of activity on your hub site. But you'd lose whatever you have now gathered, of course. Keep a record of who you've followed so you can redo them. You might want to let your follower know if you decide to do that.
The only way you'll know if Ghost32 receives your letter is if and when you get a reply (in your email inbox).
Thank you to everyone for your comments. I was relatively new when I asked this question and now there appears to be a spell checker - not altogether sure whether it has always been there, Nellieanna! Lovely to hear from you again hope you are well.
Being a proofreader, I have found that spell checking can only catch so much. A lot of times, such programs don't catch word usage errors or subject/verb agreement. I have sent back papers red-marked that spell-checked without any errors. The errors in my writing were not evident until I learned what to watch for. A lot of people do not see it as a problem. I called someone on it once and they said, "this is the Internet!"
That being said, I think the more "eyes" you have on a project, the better. Two proofreaders are always better than one; three readings are always better than two...even if spell-checking programs are flawed,using the one on Word and then the one on HubPages helps catch more than nothing.
I strongly agree with you. Hubpage have only spell checker but does not have grammar checker. So I always use http://proofreadbot.com for grammar checker for every article.
by Joan Whetzel 6 years ago
Do you use the grammar check when you are writing?If so, do you find it helpful? If not, why not?
by Glenn Stok 3 years ago
I read in today's blog about the Automated Grammar and Spelling Checker coming in September.I like the idea of correcting errors in comments. Many times I had to delete comments that were written with terrible misspellings and very bad grammar so as not to lose search engine ranking, But I'm...
by Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 3 years ago
Is your spelling getting worse?I prided myself as a kid on my excellent spelling. As the years go by it's getting constantly worse. I think it's the fault of Spell Checker, a blessed little program but one that makes us rely on it. Are you having the same experience?
by Liz Elias 5 years ago
I have noticed that the spell check within the capsules does not recognize certain contractions, such as, "I've," and will underline it as an error, when in fact, there is no spelling error.
by JSParker 7 years ago
I think HubPages is just a terrific opportunity for writers to write and make connections within the HubPages community. However, I am concerned about the quality of some of the hubs I see. Even if the writing is fresh and lively, if the spelling, punctuation, or grammar are poor, then...
by Steve 6 years ago
Why don't people check their spelling and grammar when they write and publish their Hubs?It is understandable when the person is not a native English speaker, but when the author is a native English speaker with some amount of education, it is quite sad.
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