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While there are spell-checkers but AFAIK they are limited to spell-checking. Are there any grammar-checking utilities in free software and more precisely Debian. Even if not in Debian, then in free software. I am using the spell-checking tag as those folks would probably be also interested in this.

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You can try this Python library:

http://www.nltk.org/

You should not look for a Linux program that does this, but for a Python / Java / PHP / C++ app that does this. Any language that can run under Linux will do. I've googled for "python grammar checker".

  • I am looking for an app. or apps which would use such libraries so I can simply parse the content I write through the app. and it tells what I did wrong in a helpful manner with some nice GUI. – shirish Nov 24 '15 at 15:41
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There exists this, which is a Java library/application which comes with word processor plugins and a Web API.

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LibreOffice Writer by default checks grammar as you type. To turn this feature on or off, go to Tools -> Spelling and Grammar, click the Options... button, and check or uncheck Check grammar as you type. Note: Spelling and Grammar will only open if your document is not empty (i.e., contains some text). Tested in Debian 9/Stretch.

If you don't have LibreOffice installed, get it with sudo apt-get install libreoffice.

Abiword also has grammar checking. In Debian, install with sudo apt-get install abiword abiword-plugin-grammar. These packages are present in all current Debian GNU/Linux flavors (Stable 8/Jessie, Testing 9/Stretch, and Unstable/Sid).

After starting Abiword, go to Edit -> Preferences -> Spell Checking tab, and place a checkmark by the option Check grammar as you type to activate the grammar checking.

For both of these, possible grammar errors will be marked by a wavy blue or green underline.

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