Grammarly Doesn’t Understand Me Anymore

According to Wikipedia, “Grammarly is an online grammar checking, spell checking, and plagiarism detection platform developed by Grammarly, Inc.” It’s a pretty amazing tool for detecting errors in grammar and spelling when used by normal people. I have used it a lot. However, I have had to switch it off. I don’t know if I’m simply not writing English anymore, but Grammarly tells me that what I am writing is incorrect when I cannot see any other way to express what I mean in English. While writing this article, I have Grammarly switched on, and this whole introductory paragraph has passed its checks with zero errors.

But once I start writing about more unusual topics, Grammarly starts to lose the plot. For example, when I write about what is, it seems to get confused. What is is whole and complete. That was a completely legitimate sentence, yet Grammarly thinks there is a duplicate “is” and it wants to turn the sentence into a question.

Right now, when there is looking, what is happening is actually nothing seeing. Grammarly wants to replace the word “seeing” with “see,” which doesn’t even make any sense. Even though nothing seeing is happening, the idea of this is just nothing concepting. Now Grammarly says that the word “concepting” is an “unknown word.” Concepting is clearly the present participle forms of the verb to concept. Now Grammarly wants to insert either of the words “the” or “a” in front of “concept” as if “concept” is a noun. Okay, I’ll concede that concept is, in fact, officially a noun.

So then, when I write “concepting,” do I not mean conceptualizing? No, because that would suggest that nothing was an object that was performing the action of conceptualizing. Nothing is appearing dynamically as a concept, which means that it’s concepting. But isn’t that the same as nothing being a concept? No, because nothing is not a concept, and it’s not being anything. Grammarly is now telling me that the not in the last sentence should be removed.

This is a taste of the struggles I now suffer from as a writer. Just when I thought I had achieved the ability to write with correct spelling and grammar, I have started writing about things that require incorrect spelling an grammar for their expression.

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