1. Thank you all for your patience with our technical errors. We think we've fixed it, but please do report anything that's not working right, by posting on the 'minor bugs' thread in Support and Feedback.
    Dismiss Notice
  1. Chip

    Chip Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2019
    Messages:
    53
    Likes Received:
    38
    Location:
    Colombia

    "to be" or "to being"

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Chip, Oct 31, 2019.

    Grammarly tells me I need to change "to being" to "to be" -
    Of course the explanation makes sense - The to-infinitive that follows the verb prefers requires the base form. Change being to the base form.
    But it would make no sense to make such a change in this context.

    My question to the more experienced writers - do you use grammar checkers? Yes, you do, do you use Grammarly? Yes, I know published authors who do use it. So what do you do? Do you tell Grammarly to ignore these situations? Even if what it tells us is technically correct? Sometimes I feel like the grammar checkers are nothing more than bs and I should just ignore them altogether.
     
  2. Seven Crowns

    Seven Crowns Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2017
    Messages:
    979
    Likes Received:
    2,009
    Grammarly needs to run a level-5 diagnostic on its positronic net. That's not an infinitive. It's basically this form:

    She prefers this to that.​

    Which is just to used in comparison. In your sentence the noun at the end is replaced with a gerund phrase. "Being in the rat race . . ." is a state of being that acts as a noun. There's nothing wrong with that form. I can see why the program got tricked though. (I won't digress explaining it. It would just be a bunch of CFG gibberish.)

    These things are useful tools. They're nice to have. I certainly look at all the squiggles in my word processor. I use phrase counters and natural language analyzers too, just to see if there are strange repetitions. Once spelling and grammar are squared away, almost all writing problems are some form of misused repetition, which is painfully easy to create in revision. And because you're editing out of order, it's invisible. Very tough to catch . . .

    Don't trust the program too much though. It's kind of like taking your car to the mechanic. You listen to his opinion, but you never let him write the check.
     
  3. Chip

    Chip Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2019
    Messages:
    53
    Likes Received:
    38
    Location:
    Colombia
    Thanks for the explanation, much appreciated.
     
    Seven Crowns likes this.
  4. deadrats

    deadrats Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2016
    Messages:
    4,606
    Likes Received:
    4,190
    I don't use any grammar checkers, but I do know grammar. "To being" is right in the example you gave. You could switch the word "to" to "over" and it would also make sense.
     
    BillyxRansom likes this.
  5. Naomasa298

    Naomasa298 HP: 12/210 MP: 0/130 Contributor

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2019
    Messages:
    3,476
    Likes Received:
    4,020
    Location:
    The White Rose county, UK
    I think if we have a thread for every questionable recommendation made by Grammarly, we;d be here for a long time. I tried the free version, I wasn't overly impressed.
     
  6. Seren

    Seren Writeaholic

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2016
    Messages:
    289
    Likes Received:
    159
    Location:
    England, UK
    I use Grammarly as a proofreader rather than a tool that helps me to correct my grammar. It points out mistakes I understand and would have changed myself had I caught them. Anything else it points out to me is just non-sensical, and I ignore it. I don't think it's actually a good tool for people who need guidance with grammar!
     
  7. Chip

    Chip Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2019
    Messages:
    53
    Likes Received:
    38
    Location:
    Colombia
    Of course, using "over" just didn't occur to me. Seems something like that would be part of the grammar checker explanation. But maybe I'm wrong about that. At any rate, like you guys, I take what it suggests with a grain of salt.
     
  8. JLT

    JLT Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2016
    Messages:
    1,410
    Likes Received:
    1,721
    Your instinct is correct, Chip. But I think I'd just eliminate the words "to being" and make it "She much prefers this to the rat race of the banking industry."
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice