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Starting Sentence with "And" Rule Ignored


(Michael Backus) #1

I'm an educator. I have my students install the LanguageTool add-on to check their Google Docs. Unfortunately, it seems to be ignoring a few rules, one of which is a style note about beginning sentences with the word "And"

Not sure why LanguageTool add-on for Google Docs isn't highlighting these occurrences. Is the add-on using the latest set of rules?


(Daniel Naber) #2

There's no such rule in LT, and several sources think there shouldn't be, e.g. https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/words-to-not-begin-sentences-with


(Tiago F. Santos) #3

Probably Michael is referring to this:

https://community.languagetool.org/rule/show/And?lang=en&subId=1

It is disabled by default, though.


(Michael Backus) #4

Here's the rule I'm referring to:

https://community.languagetool.org/rule/show/And?lang=en&subId=1


(Daniel Naber) #5

I see - as Tiago said, this is turned off by default and I don't think there's a way in the browser add-on or Google Docs add-on to turn on these rules, sorry.


(Michael Backus) #6

Is there a list of rules that are turned off by default?

Why are there rules that are turned off by default?

Can I put in a feature request to have a switch added to the Google Docs add-on?

I see there is an option to change the LanguageTool API server URL. Is there another server URL I can point to that is more stringent? What must I do to setup my own server that will allow me to turn on these more rigorous rules?


(Daniel Naber) #7

Not really a list, it's all those marked as default="off" (either directly or via the category they are in) in the grammar.xml

There are several reasons, most often it's probably "too many false alarms".

Sure, you can do so in this github project.

I don't know of another public server. Running your own server is documented at http://wiki.languagetool.org/http-server.