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Grammer: Reduce Expletive Constructions


(Tathagat Banerjee) #1

Hi,

Can someone please check if this rule is ok? It's fairly simple, but noticed it was not available in EN (I think - could not find it), so wrote it up.

<rulegroup id="REDUCE_EXPLETIVE_CONSTRUCTIONS" 
                                 name="Reduce Expletive Constructions: it is|it was|there is|there are">
                <rule>
                    <pattern case_senstive="no">
                        <token>it</token>
                        <token regexp="yes">is|was</token>
                    </pattern>
                    <message>Try to avoid using expletive constructions, these constructions merely obscure the main subject and action of a sentence.</message>
                    <url>https://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/CCS_expletive.html</url>
                    <example type="incorrect"><marker>It is</marker> inevitable <marker>that</marker> oil prices will rise.</example>
                    <example type="correct">Oil prices will inevitably rise.</example>
                    <example type="incorrect"><marker>It was</marker> her last argument <marker>that</marker> finally persuaded me.</example>
                    <example type="correct">Her last argument finally persuaded me.</example>
                </rule>
                
                <rule>
                    <pattern case_senstive="no">
                        <token>there</token>
                        <token regexp="yes">is|are</token>
                    </pattern>
                    <message>Try to avoid using expletive constructions, these constructions merely obscure the main subject and action of a sentence.</message>
                    <url>https://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/CCS_expletive.html</url>
                    <example type="incorrect"><marker>There are</marker> likely to be many researchers raising questions about <marker>this</marker> methodological approach.</example>
                    <example type="correct">Many researchers are likely to raise questions about this methodological approach.</example>
                </rule>
            </rulegroup>

Thanks so much.

Tat


(Daniel Naber) #2

When you check the rules with http://community.languagetool.org/ruleEditor/expert, you'll see that they produce quite some false alarms. Maybe you can find a way to fix that - I'm not sure if it's possible.


(Tathagat Banerjee) #3

No hassles - thanks so much for the pointer.

Tat