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Google Docs gets an AI-based grammar checker with Early Adopter Program

Google Docs has now received an AI-based grammar checker to help get rid of silly grammatical mistakes users make when writing textual content.

This AI-based grammar checking functionality will work alongside the already existing spell check that Google Docs already has. The new feature uses machine learning algorithms to suggest grammatical corrections as you type. It is now available to those who apply for the company’s Early Adopter Program for G Suite.

As per the company, the grammar checker can catch grammatical mistakes that range from the wrong use of articles to more complicated things like wrong subordinate clauses. To achieve this level of accuracy, the feature is using a translation-based approach because this sort of approach has worked well for the firm in the past.

In a press briefing ahead of the announcement, David Thacker, Google’s VP of G Suite product management, commented on the new feature, noting:

"We’ve adopted a highly effective approach to grammar correction that is machine translation-based. For example, in language translation, you take a language like French and translate it into English. Our approach to grammar is similar. We take improper English and use our technology to correct or translated it into proper English. What’s nice about this is that the language translations is a technology that we have a long history of doing well."

Currently, this grammar check feature will only be available to people who use G Suite, and the company has not specified any timeline for when the feature will be available to the masses through consumer accounts.

Source: Google via TechCrunch

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