I'm searching for a tool that would make real-time suggestions based on "real world" text. The only corpus-based tool I know of is Writefull - does anybody know of any others?

  • Could you define a "corpus-based writing tool"? and why would you call it an exception? Mar 4, 2016 at 13:05
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    I think they're talking about something that will examine your work for grammar, cliche's, and etc. Writefull seems to be something like that. I think they're using one dollar words when nickel words would have worked just fine... for example... "Does anyone know of a writing tool that will search my document for problem phrases?" They're using the word successions like a verb, but I think it's just the plural of a noun. [Shrug]
    – DoWhileNot
    Mar 4, 2016 at 16:47
  • "Corpus based" seems to me to mean that the software has performed automatic analysis of lots of documents, and can point out where your writing follows patterns that are either too common (which would help spot cliches, as @dowhilenot suggests) or too rare (which may help spot grammar errors, or misuse of words).
    – Jules
    Apr 8, 2018 at 21:41

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There is Grammarly. It is an app which can be used to check spelling and grammar typed into a browser; whether it is for webmail, website contact form or blogging site. It can check your grammar when typing a question or answer here.

There is also a Grammarly plugin for use with Microsoft Office.

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  • And what am I to gain from following these links @WhiteEagle? Apr 9, 2018 at 15:43
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    They are simply a tour to website and what is on topic. It was meant as a welcome to site and a quick way to get to some important pages. Apr 9, 2018 at 16:33
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    Ah ok :-) I see Apr 9, 2018 at 16:34

Grammarly is a great tool for grammar problems (hence the name) and thus works across the board for many types of writing. If are doing any fiction writing, check out AutoCrit. You pay a monthly cost to use it and enter your story directly into the web browser and it brings up problems in your writing like using too many adverbs, lack of sentence length variation, etc.

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