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    homophones (2000)

    Is there a way to have Word 2000 alert the typist when a homophone is used? The ideal situation would be for a pop-up to appear whenever a homophone is typed. This would allow the typist to view alternative word selections and choose the correct one.

    An example would be: The word "sight" is typed. A pop-up appears with the three homophones, "cite-sight-site". Even nicer would be a short definition of each, such as, "cite-to recognize; sight-to see; site-a location".

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    Re: homophones (2000)

    Doclocke,

    <font color=red>I</font color=red> don't think that's possible <font color=red>in</font color=red> Word; it <font color=red>would</font color=red> require much more functionality than just dumping <font color=red> in </font color=red> a huge list of words into a dictionary. <font color=red>I</font color=red> doubt that Microsoft wants <font color=red> to </font color=red> put that much work into it.

    Also, <font color=red>you </font color=red> have <font color=red> to </font color=red> consider that it <font color=red>would </font color=red> get very tedious <font color=red>to </font color=red> have the window popping up and requiring a response <font color=red>all</font color=red> the time. There are <font color=red>some</font color=red> homophones that are really common. As an example, <font color=red>I</font color=red> just typed <font color=red>two</font color=red> paragraphs and then went back <font color=red>to</font color=red> highlight <font color=red>all</font color=red> the homophones <font color=red>in red</font color=red>.

    Maybe <font color=red>there's</font color=red> some specialized third-party software <font color=red>to do</font color=red> it, <font color=red>but</font color=red> it just <font color=red>might</font color=red> drive <font color=red>you</font color=red> crazy.

    <font color=red>Lin</font color=red> <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: homophones (2000)

    lind is probably right...however, if you happen to want/need a list, here's one in an Excel workbook that has 1543 of them (zipped)
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    Re: homophones (2000)

    I wonder whether homophones should belong as a feature in the grammar checker, with an option for those who want them to turn that option on. My gripe is words which you may have spelled correctly but which are not correct in context. If I mistype "tow" for "two", or "trail" for "trial", I'm back to just having to spot the error. You could put words like tow and trail in an exclusion dictionary and hope that anyone using your PC does not help you out by putting the words back in the dictionary for you.

    WordPerfect had an option to let you enter certain words in a supplemental dictionary so that when the spell-checker found these words it stopped and gave you alternative spellings. I agree with Lind's sentiment and I take the view that being nagged to check you had spelled common homophones - to, too and two - every time I came across would send me nuts.

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    Re: homophones (2000)

    Grammar checker spots their, there, they're problems. I don't use it often enough to know whether it spots a lot of others.

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