The following changes have been done for English in version 1.8 of LanguageTool (xml-based rules only):
NEW RULEAgreement: 'one' + plural word
finds error in:I drew one hexagons on my paper.
finds error in:I worked for one hours.
NEW RULEBlue-ray (Blu-ray)
finds error in:I ordered a Blueray disk with their software.
finds error in:I ordered a Blu ray disk with their software.
finds error in:I ordered a Blu-ray disk with their software.
finds error in:I ordered a Blu ray with their software.
NEW RULECD disc (CD)
finds error in:I ordered a Cdrom with their software.
NEW RULEFlag passive voice
finds error in:It is possible that the sky is blue.
finds error in:It is also possible that the sky is blue.
finds error in:He is said to have been happy.
finds error in:He is said to have not been happy.
finds error in:He is not thought to have been happy.
finds error in:He was not thought to have been happy.
finds error in:He is said to be happy.
finds error in:He insisted that red should be used.
finds error in:He insisted that red be used.
finds error in:Her work will have been finished by tonight.
finds error in:Her work will not have been finished by tonight.
finds error in:A cake is being baked by him by tonight.
finds error in:A cake is also being baked by him by tonight.
finds error in:A cake was also being baked by him by tonight.
finds error in:A dozen cookies were also being baked by him by tonight.
finds error in:Instruments are played by her.
finds error in:Instruments were played by her.
finds error in:Instruments are not played by her.
finds error in:John was given a book by her.
NEW RULESentance ending with 'the.' or 'a.'
finds error in:I am going to an.
finds error in:I am going to the.
NEW RULESuggest shorter ways to negate words (not common vs uncommon)
finds error in:The list is not complete.
finds error in:The rock is not steady.
finds error in:The paragraph is not perfect.
finds error in:The student was not rational.
finds error in:The car was not fast enough to win the race.
finds error in:The car was not large enough for the tall man.
finds error in:The car was not small enough to fit through the tunnel.
NEW RULEVerb missing after personal pronoun and adverb at beginning of sentence.
finds error in:I accidentally the flashlight.
finds error in:I rarely the the flashlight.
finds error in:I quickly the the flashlight.
finds error in:We quickly the the flashlight.
NEW RULEWarn when the serial comma is not used (incomplete)
finds error in:The pen, pencil and book are on the desk.
NEW RULEWarn when the serial comma is used (incomplete)
finds error in:The pen, pencil, and book are on the desk.
NEW RULEa hundreds (hundred)
finds error in:A hundreds people were in the store.
finds error in:One millions ants were on the ground.
NEW RULEa large number of (many)
finds error in:A large number of people were in the parade.
NEW RULEa small number of (a few)
finds error in:A small number of people were in the store.
NEW RULEabbreviations with spaces in between (e. g.)
finds error in:The are several grammar checkers for English, e. g. LanguageTool.
finds error in:Who's responsible for providing public facilities, i. e., a post office, library, etc. for the Northwest?
NEW RULEall of the (all the)
finds error in:She is going to all of the parks.
NEW RULEblack in color (black)
finds error in:My shirt is pink in color.
NEW RULEcan been (can be)
finds error in:It can been seen at night.
NEW RULEcan't breath (breathe)
finds error in:We can't breath under water.
finds error in:We can not breath under water.
NEW RULEchance (change) a setting
finds error in:Do not chance these settings!
finds error in:He always chances the behaviour of the application.
NEW RULEdisagree with the fact that (disagree that)
finds error in:I agree with the fact that the sky is blue.
finds error in:We did not disagree with the fact that the sky is blue.
NEW RULEerror massage (message)
finds error in:There is an error massage.
finds error in:I sent different massages.
NEW RULEexact replica (replica)
finds error in:We created an exact replica of the building.
NEW RULEfemale actor (actress)
finds error in:She was the first female actor.
NEW RULEfemale waiter (waitress)
finds error in:She was the first female waiter.
NEW RULEfirst man president (first male president)
finds error in:He was the first man employee of the company.
NEW RULEfirst woman president (first female president)
finds error in:She was the first woman president.
NEW RULEformer graduate (graduate)
finds error in:I am a former graduate of the school.
NEW RULEgeneral public (public)
finds error in:We should show this to the general public.
NEW RULEhollow tube (tube)
finds error in:We fixed the hollow tube.
NEW RULElittle bit
finds error in:He was a little bit late.
NEW RULEmay be (maybe)
finds error in:May be I don't understand.
finds error in:I paid (may be) an exorbitant price for this.
NEW RULEmight perhaps (might)
finds error in:We might possibly go fishing.
NEW RULEneither X or Y (neither X or Y)
finds error in:Neither the teachers or the students won.
finds error in:They were neither helping or hurting the plan.
NEW RULEnew innovation (innvoation)
finds error in:He was a new recruit.
NEW RULEnot ad (at) all
finds error in:No, not ad all.
finds error in:This is not true ad all.
NEW RULEnumerous different (numerous)
finds error in:I will read many different books
NEW RULEon a few occasions (occasionally)
finds error in:The man drank on a few occasions.
NEW RULEone die, two dice
finds error in:I had a dice in my hand.
NEW RULEone foot, two feet
finds error in:I had a shoe on one feet.
NEW RULEone man, two men
finds error in:A men walked in to the room.
NEW RULEone woman, two women
finds error in:A women walked in to the room.
NEW RULEoriginally born in (born in)
finds error in:I was originally born in Texas.
NEW RULEoriginally discovered (discovered)
finds error in:He originally discovered gold.
NEW RULEover exaggerated (exaggerrated)
finds error in:I enjoy over exaggerating.
finds error in:I enjoy over-exaggerating.
NEW RULErepeat again (repeat)
finds error in:We made the song repeat again.
NEW RULEreturn back (return)
finds error in:We returned back home.
NEW RULEsalsa sauce (salsa)
finds error in:I enjoy eating salsa sauce.
NEW RULEseen or scene
finds error in:His sent was strong.
finds error in:He scent the package.
NEW RULEseen or scene
finds error in:We watched the opening seen of the play.
finds error in:Similar to those scene in the park...
NEW RULEsend an email (email)
finds error in:He was going to send an email to her.
NEW RULEsent an email (email)
finds error in:He sent an email to her.
NEW RULEshouldn´t
finds error in:You shouldn´t do it!
NEW RULEso as to (to)
finds error in:The band practiced so as to increase their chances of success.
NEW RULEsome faculty... (some faculty members...)
finds error in:Three faculty support the change.
NEW RULEsubsequent to (after)
finds error in:The roads needed repairs subsequent to the storm.
NEW RULEsummertime (summer)
finds error in:It is warm during the summertime.
finds error in:It is warm during the summer time.
NEW RULEthe noun around it (surrounding noun)
finds error in:He didn't like the protesters around him.
NEW RULEthe world around it (the world)
finds error in:He didn't like the world around him.
NEW RULEthere are also other (also)
finds error in:However, there are also other marbles in the jar.
NEW RULEtry and (try to)
finds error in:She is going to try and go to the store.
NEW RULEturned of (turned off)
finds error in:The light was switched of
NEW RULEwhole lot (lot)
finds error in:I will read a whole lot of books
NEW RULEwill in the future (will)
finds error in:I will in the future work hard.
NEW RULEwith the exception of (except)
finds error in:With the exception of Bob, all of the children went running.
NEW RULEwork colleague (colleague)
finds error in:I will talk to a work colleague.
IMPROVED RULEAgreement: 'a' + plural word
does not find error in:A men's retailer opened in Florida.
does not find error in:Shi'a Muslims are nice.
does not find error in:The league created two A divisions.
does not find error in:Division A teams are the best.
IMPROVED RULEAgreement: Mass noun + non-third person verb
does not find error in:Most have four limbs except for caecilians.
does not find error in:The rest are arriving later.
IMPROVED RULEAgreement: have + past/present tense
finds error in:I could have went to Italy.
finds error in:Have you went to Italy?
finds error in:Where have you went?
does not find error in:We do have soap.
IMPROVED RULEArticles: article missing before a countable noun
does not find error in:Depict one's immersion with the world.
does not find error in:It may require strong AI to be done as well as humans can do it.
IMPROVED RULECD disc (CD)
does not find error in:I ordered a CDwith their software.
does not find error in:I ordered a DVDwith their software.
IMPROVED RULEPossible agreement error: numeral + singular countable noun
does not find error in:Exactly 1 hour!
does not find error in:At its 1864 convention, the Republican Party selected Andrew Johnson.
does not find error in:The 2007 ceremony was watched by more than 40 million Americans.
does not find error in:The $6,100,000,000 measure, which was passed last Monday by the Senate...
does not find error in:Friday's letters asked for a Nov. 15 meeting.
does not find error in:It takes about 16 Msec. to traverse 25 mm. of tissue.
does not find error in:$800 billion economy was envisioned for the 1970s
does not find error in:Middle East peace after Israel's 1956 invasion of Egypt
does not find error in:The Apollo 8 mission was well covered in the British documentary.
does not find error in:This is 3 H2O.
IMPROVED RULEWrong negated forms ('not... nothing' instead 'not... anything')
finds error in:I'm not speaking to nobody in this class.
IMPROVED RULEaffect vs effect
finds error in:The ban took affect at midnight.
finds error in:That might effect the bottom line.
finds error in:The medicine shouldn't effect the baby.
finds error in:The medicine would've effected the baby.
finds error in:The laws had an immediate affect.
finds error in:There was a law with immediate affects.
finds error in:The side affects of global warming
finds error in:A side-affect of global warming
finds error in:The experiment didn't obey the laws of cause and affect.
does not find error in:We tried appeasing the rain gods, but to no effect.
does not find error in:The ban took effect at midnight.
does not find error in:That might affect the bottom line.
does not find error in:The medicine shouldn't affect the baby.
does not find error in:The medicine would've affected the baby.
does not find error in:The laws had an immediate effect.
does not find error in:There was a law with immediate effects.
does not find error in:The side effects of global warming
does not find error in:The experiment didn't obey the laws of cause and effect.
IMPROVED RULEall of the sudden (all of a sudden)
finds error in:Why would a man all the sudden send flowers?
does not find error in:Why would anyone all of a sudden send flowers?
IMPROVED RULEcould of (could have)
finds error in:It should of been found last night.
finds error in:It will of been discovered by tomorrow.
does not find error in:It was the will of world citizens to fix the problem.
does not find error in:It was the will of world citizens to fix the problem.
does not find error in:I will have that dress!
does not find error in:I will of course have something of my own before many more years have passed over my head.
IMPROVED RULEexact same/identical (same/identical)
finds error in:This shoe is exactly the same.
does not find error in:This shoe is the same.
IMPROVED RULEits (it's)
finds error in:I can’t remember it’s name.
finds error in:Its going to be sunny tomorrow.
does not find error in:I can’t remember its name.
does not find error in:It's nice.
does not find error in:I think it's still valid.
does not find error in:It's going to rain.
IMPROVED RULEmake since (sense)
does not find error in:There have been three made since the launch.
IMPROVED RULEprincipal (principle)
finds error in:Dr. Baumrind was listed as the grant's principle investigator.
finds error in:Laundering money was the mob's principle activity.
does not find error in:Dr. Baumrind was listed as the grant's principal investigator.
does not find error in:Laundering money was the mob's principal activity.
REMOVED RULEMD effect (affect)
REMOVED RULEattach/assemble together (attach/assemble)
REMOVED RULEcause and affect (cause and effect)
REMOVED RULEcomprised entirely of
REMOVED RULEcomprised generally of
REMOVED RULEcomprised largely of
REMOVED RULEcomprised mainly of
REMOVED RULEcomprised mostly of
REMOVED RULEcomprised only of
REMOVED RULEcomprised wholly of
REMOVED RULEcomprises mostly of
REMOVED RULEdidnt effect (affect)
REMOVED RULEexactly the same/identical (the same/identical)
REMOVED RULEprincipal (principle) activity
REMOVED RULEprinciple (principal) investigator
REMOVED RULEsame identical (same)
REMOVED RULEthe immediate affect (effect)
REMOVED RULEthe immediate affects (effects)
REMOVED RULEtook affect (effect)