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Google Docs get AI-powered grammar checks that depend on machine translation

Google is also all set to introduce a new interface for users to ‘review’ the language used in the document.

  • Published: July 25, 2018 4:17 PM IST
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Google has announced that it will bring AI-powered grammar check to its rival for the Microsoft Word, Google Docs. The company is also rolling out grammar suggestions along “with a revamped interface” for grammar review and spelling check. All these changes will be initially available as part of the Early Adopter Program. Google added that all these new features “build on” the spell check functionality that is present in Docs right now to highlight all the possible errors that a document may have when it comes to grammar errors.

As part of the new features, if and when Google detects any grammar correction, Docs will underline the word or phrase with blue to indicate that the user could improve the grammar in the given sentence. Users can also right-click on the underlined word or phrase to check what correction the AI is suggesting to accept or dismiss the alert. Google hopes that this new feature will reduce the time that Docs users spend trying to check and proofread their work while hunting for any issues or problems.

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The company stated that it will use machine translation to provide suggestions for correct grammar. Machine translation is the same technology that the company use to translate one language into another. However as reported by The Verge, Google will use machine translation to convert your imperfect use of grammar into the one without any errors.

The company is also all set to introduce a new interface for users to ‘review’ the language used in the document. Users can access this new interface by selecting the ‘Review more suggestions’ option from the ‘Tools’ menu when a document is open on Google Docs. Google added that it has also made the entire grammar suggestion system in such a way that it will detect all the problems in real time including in addition to real-time spell check.

It is likely that the company may be planning to take on the competition in the market of proofreading such as Grammarly. The company has not revealed any other details about when this new feature will roll out for everyone, and what more changes can users expect in the future.

  • Published Date: July 25, 2018 4:17 PM IST