Google Docs just got an update with a new AI grammar tool.
By now, everyone knows about the free (and sometimes paid) service known as Grammarly. When enabled in your browser, it can provide real-time corrections for grammar and syntax errors. However, it gets things wrong sometimes.
Despite Grammarly’s integration with Microsoft Word, the program didn’t work with Google Docs. However, thanks to the latest news from Google, Grammarly might not be the only grammar fixing AI tool in town for Google users now.
Coming Soon: Machine Translation AI Tools
While not out just yet, the Early Adopter Program offers a sneak peek at the tool.
The machine translation algorithm recognizes errors in real-time. It even makes suggestions for corrections as you type. Google claims the tool can spot incorrect article usage as well as more complicated grammatical and syntax issues.
The decision to leverage machine translation comes as a surprise to some. But Vice President of G Suite Product Management, David Thacker, had this to say:
“We’ve adopted a highly effective approach to grammar correction that is machine translation-based. For example, in language translation, you take a language like French and translate it into English. Our approach to grammar is similar.
We take improper English and use our technology to correct or translated it into proper English. What’s nice about this is that the language translations is a technology that we have a long history of doing well.”
Joining the Ranks of AI-Based Tools
Google isn’t the only company to leverage AI for things like real-time grammar fixing.
Deep Grammar offers a similar tool based on natural language processing. This works similarly to the Inbenta Chatbot, but for the sake of grammar checking. It appears that Deep Grammar is still in development, but is “coming soon.”
PaperRater offers plagiarism checking, grammar checks, and writing suggestions.
CorrectEnglish functions similarly to the Grammarly browser plugin. You can get suggestions in real time, while also using proofreading tools.
Even Word Counter offers expanded tools than just word counting these days. It can tell you the reading level, speaking time, keyword density, and more details about any given piece of content.
We don’t know if the new Google Docs grammar AI will be on the same level as these tools and Grammarly. But we will update our findings in a later article with full comparisons.