Gmail gets improved spelling, grammar correction

By Vignesh Giridharan | Published on 22 Aug 2019
Gmail gets improved spelling, grammar correction

Google has improved Gmail's ability to correct spelling and grammar issues.

Gmail has enjoyed the Smart Compose feature for quite some time now.


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That Google has been working hard to make composing emails less of a painful chore for Gmail users in the last couple of years is a well-established fact. According to a recent G Suite blog post, the California tech giant has made things even simpler for those who compose a lot of emails hurriedly on Gmail. The new changes to Gmail include improved autocorrection for spelling errors and suggestions for incorrect grammar.

According to Google, Gmail will use artificial intelligence to make “smarter spell-check suggestions”. In a GIF image shared by Google, we can see that Gmail is now capable of correcting a badly spelt “accommodate” when the user starts typing the word in a hurry. In another GIF image from Google, we can see that Gmail is now capable of underlining in light blue commonly misspelt words such as week and weak, depending on the context. Users who want to make the correction can simply then right-click on the underlined words and pick a suggestion.

Since this improvement is a server-side update, you don’t have to install or update anything to take advantage of the feature. It’s enabled by default in Gmail, so if you’re a new user of Google’s popular email service you can just start typing away. Sadly, the feature is limited to English for the moment although Google usually rolls such features out to other popular languages as well. But that’s probably because Google employs machine learning to train its autocorrect system, which is more easily achieved when there’s plenty of data.

Gmail has enjoyed the Smart Compose feature for a while now, which predicts what the user wants to type next. For example, if the user starts to type, “by the”, Gmail suggests, “way” automatically. The user can then hit Tab to use the suggested phrase. Smart Compose was more recently added to the Gmail app on Android and iOS. More recently, Gmail extended the Smart Compose feature to support the Subject field of the email as well. You can read more about that here.

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