Grammarly, the famous grammar and spelling checker is set to be releasing some new features today, being the 29th of September 2020 for its paying users which travels beyond a number of its traditional tools to assist its users in making their general writing not only technically right but also clearer and readable.
Mainly through recommending bulleted lists and recommend changes to your tone.
Furthermore, Grammarly is as well receiving a UI update together with a new floating sidebar which enables you to witness all the service’s suggestion in an easier to read format.
Grammarly’s Nicholas Stanford currently took me through some of the latest features. The major point here that he emphasized is to assist writers in placing the reader in the middle. That is not something that naturally comes to most writers,, however that is the basis if you won’t get your point across.
Grammarly’s Nicholas Stanford’s Statement
Here is what he noted:
‘For most people in the world, most of the writing they do – and certainly most of the important writing they do – is actually at work”. He further mentioned:
“And these aren’t necessarily people that are professional writers but more regular office workers writing emails, writing marketing pitches and reports. And it turns out that a lot of people felt uncomfortable with writing. It’s difficult. It is difficult to be understood. It’s difficult to get your message across. How many times have you received a quick little email and thought: is this person upset at me?”
Based on the research made by Grammarly, 75 percent of those making use of its service are afraid so that people don’t misunderstand them. So far, after the coronavirus pandemic began, and people started working from the comfort of their home, Writing turned out to be a more essential part of their jobs.
AI smarts of Grammarly
The updates of Today to the writing assistant of Grammarly are widely based on the AI smarts of the company. Though some still remain mainly rule-based also. On the AI side, the new tools of the service for rewriting systems may be the most fascinating ones.
Ordinarily, tools like Grammarly has its focus on the word level – and maybe a little far from that for stock phrases. Now, this tool can look into a complex sentence and recommend rewrites to make the sentence more comprehensive and engaging.
Over time, Stanford mentioned that the main idea is to make sure the tool is smarter so that it can also understand contexts beyond paragraphs.
Grammarly’s Nicholas Stanford explained:
“It’s currently just at the sentence level. We’re trying to start expanding it beyond that. Because you’re very limited if you don’t see beyond that what the larger context is”. The problem here for a system like this, above all, is not just to recommend a basic rewrite. Or to split an elaborate sentence into two.
But to also make sure that the sentence still has a similar meaning in the wider context. So, to allow that, the team developed a second system that goes in the background. To make sure that the new sentence doesn’t just have a different meaning entirely.
Talking about improved readability, the main basis here is mainly on making documents more readable just by recommending bullet points. Rather than elaborate lists in a sentence. The tool can as well detect deadlines and dates and bold them to ensure they stand out.
Tone detection is something Grammarly has done for a little while now. Nevertheless, the system will not just specify what a document sounds like. But will for sure give suggestions for upgrading it.