Checking the checker
|•||Do you understand what the grammar checker is telling you?|
Once we know how to do things, human beings like to automate them so we don't have to worry about them. Automation helps to extend human abilities by allowing us to do more. Undoubtedly, this makes life a lot easier. We can calculate a lot of numbers very quickly with calculators and spreadsheets. We can check our spelling and grammar using spelling and grammar checkers. But if we don't understand what the calculator or checker is telling us, then we're not extending our abilities. We are taking a gamble that the technology will do our work for us.
The main message of this chapter is that the grammar checker should work with you rather than for you.
Unfortunately, Kim has been arrested for defacing property (though she insists
that she was un-defacing it). This is not good news; she is due to give a formal