BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The majority of adults are unable to write letters, emails or presentations without making grammatical errors, according to a new survey by WhiteSmoke, Inc., developers of an advanced English grammar and writing engine.
Of 5,000 writing samples analyzed, 85% contained one or more errors.
'Be', 'have', 'do', 'in’, ‘on’, and ‘at' caused the most problems, with 27% of writers forgetting to include these words when needed. Also missing were ‘a’, ‘an’ and ‘the’.
Nearly one half of 1,000 survey participants, age 18 – 80, claimed grammar and spelling were important. While 50% checked their writing for grammar errors before they sent it to their bosses, only 11% said grammar mattered when writing to friends and family.
The research by WhiteSmoke (www.whitesmoke.com) coincides with the launch of its latest release -- WhiteSmoke 2008 Extended Edition.
Following missing word errors, 24.3% of participants forgot to put a question mark, period or comma in the right place.
Some 7% of writers mixed up subtleties in subject-verb agreement. Writing, for example, "the members of the team runs well," which should instead read, "the members of the team run well." Other problems include spelling, using wrong words, and repeating words.
Amit Greener, VP Sales and Marketing for WhiteSmoke said, “The poor quality of writing is troubling. However, it is encouraging to know that the majority of participants regard quality writing as important. For instance, when a document is critical for their career, they do proofread more carefully and use technology by companies such as WhiteSmoke to help them eliminate errors.”
Unlike many other grammar checkers and spell checkers, WhiteSmoke 2008 Extended Edition spots missing words and faulty punctuation and helps people improve their grammar by showing them why it is suggesting changes. The spell checker dynamically updates to keep up with the pace of new words being introduced such as “Obama” and “Facebook”.
WhiteSmoke 2008 Extended Edition offers several new functions that can improve English writing. Based on patented natural language processing, WhiteSmoke performs advanced and context-based English grammar, spelling, and punctuation checking, as well as text enrichment to enhance writing with synonyms, adverbs and adjectives. For Details visit: http://www.whitesmoke.com/landing_flash/grammar.html?d=1&a=64&r=1570