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I've noticed a few times recently that a generic, but well known text editor seems to be flagging up stuff that I'm sure is correct.

For example, in the below sentence, the generic, but well known text editor thinks I should be using its instead of it's.

Bad Grammar Checking

When I click on the Grammar... option, or go to the Explain... option within the spell-checker, the generic, but well known editor takes me to a page that just lists a few "Commonly Confused Words".

I am confused! I think the sentence:

"I think it's rubbish, too."

... is a perfectly valid sentence that could also be written:

"I think it is rubbish, too."

Am I wrong, or is the generic, but well known editor wrong?

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Word is wrong. <strike>Just about</strike> all the grammar checkers out there are error-prone. Stay away from them :) –  coleopterist Oct 3 '12 at 18:49
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@coleopterist Not only is Word incorrectly flagging the sentence, its suggestion is totally nonsensical. On the whole, I turn grammar checkers off. If I'm writing something truly unintelligible, I'm more likely to hear it from my human readers than for it to be picked up by the word processor. Also, it's impossible to write a novel with it on. Green squiggles everywhere. Fragments. Everything is a fragment! –  Zairja Oct 3 '12 at 18:56
    
Save yourself from the tyranny of grammar checkers. Who needs an idiot looking over your shoulder, making you second-guess your natural and correct impulses? –  Robusto Oct 3 '12 at 19:32
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Incorrect, yes. But not totally nonsensical. One could talk about "its rubbish" ... The city of New York investigated the possibility dumping its rubbish into the Hudson river. –  GEdgar Oct 3 '12 at 20:29
    
I think they chose green because it is not a "stop" error. The odd thing is that in cases where it might be ambiguous, they already have the "blue" option. Grammar is a very difficult thing to codify in programming however. To be accurate in some cases would require enough CPU time to introduce a perceptible delay in response to typing. It would be variable as well, so it would drive people crazy. –  horatio Oct 3 '12 at 21:09
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Word is wrong. Word's grammar checker is pretty iffy. In a lot of cases, I can at least see how it came up with the wrong answer, but in this case I can't. If you used "its" (possessive) instead of "it's" (it is), your sentence would be without a verb.

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