Google has recently incorporated a new feature into its Search platform, aiming to rival popular grammar-checking tools like Grammarly. This newly added service is a grammar checker that can evaluate the structure of sentences or phrases and provide suggestions if any discrepancies are detected.
Users can activate this tool by entering phrases such as “grammar check,” “check grammar,” or “grammar checker.” However, even without these specific prompts, Google Search may still offer grammar suggestions based on the user’s query. If the tool identifies an error, which could also be a spelling mistake, it will rephrase the sentence, highlighting the changes made. Users can then conveniently copy the revised phrase or sentence by hovering over it. If no errors are found, the tool rewards users with a green checkmark, although, unfortunately, not a gold star.
This grammar-checking tool is driven by artificial intelligence. However, it might not always be precise, especially when analyzing fragments or phrases rather than complete sentences. Users can provide feedback if they find any issues with the suggestions or if they want to inform the system about the helpfulness of its corrections.
For now, the tool supports only the English language. It’s also worth mentioning that the tool won’t function if the input violates Google Search’s policies. It won’t assess grammar for content that is dangerous, harassing, medical, sexually explicit, related to terrorism, or associated with violence and gore. For sentences or phrases containing profanity or vulgar language, users might need to seek grammar-checking elsewhere.
Google has previously provided grammar tools in platforms like Gmail and Google Drive. Introducing this feature to Search is a logical step, especially since Google already offers a dictionary tool. This addition eliminates the need for users to open Google Docs or other applications for grammar checking. However, a challenge arises as many users tend to use keywords rather than complete sentences when searching on Google. The AI will need to discern whether the user intends to have their grammar checked or not. Otherwise, the desired search results might be pushed further down the page.
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