French Writing Resources

BonPatron

bonpatron.com

Quick Pros-

  • highlights actual errors as well as potential errors
  • offers explanations as to why they may be errors
  • simple copy/paste interface

Quick Cons-

  • requires multiple run throughs of your text for best results
  • can only process about 2000 characters (250 words) at a time
  • for potential errors- it doesn’t recognize the context in which you’re using the word or phrase, so it’ll always mark it as an error

The Story-
BonPatron is a free French grammar corrector. Most professors allow and even encourage its use, but when in doubt, make sure to ask if they allow the use of this resource. The trick with BonPatron is to run your text through the program, look up and fix the errors that the program points out, and then run you text through the program again- repeat until you are satisfied with your text. Another thing to note is that BonPatron doesn’t correct errors; it only points them out without considering context. A monolingual dictionary is a great tool to  use alongside BonPatron to look up contextual errors, verb constructions, etc. Finally, BonPatron doesn’t catch everything! Make sure to always edit your texts manually.

Guide de Grammaire (bonpatron.com/guide/1/)- BonPatron also has a great grammar guide where you can look up the errors that the program points out in your text. Le Guide de Grammaire is a simple and detailed grammar reference. It has everything you need on one page: verbs, adjectives, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, Anglicisms, etc.

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This entry was posted on November 26, 2014 by in Grammar and tagged , , , , , , .
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