Poor spellchecker in eNotesHas anyone had difficulties with spellchecker in eNotes marking words as misspelled? It doesn't recognize possessive plural (such as players' when you are using that...

Poor spellchecker in eNotes

Has anyone had difficulties with spellchecker in eNotes marking words as misspelled?

  1. It doesn't recognize possessive plural (such as players' when you are using that appropriately).  It always recommends the singular possessive of the word.
  2. It recognizes fundraising but not fundraiser and wants fundraiser to be two separate words.
  3. Other examples you may have.

Can we compile a list that could help the eNotes team improve this feature?  Right now, students are being advised incorrectly on some of these things.

Expert Answers
lynn30k eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I usually click on it just to see what it will pick up when I answer a question. There have been some odd responses from it, usually that it picks up on half of a word and says it is not spelled correctly. As far as the kids asking questions, it would seem they don't bother. If they think we can dicipher what they are asking, they go with it. If I am answering a question, I use the edit button and correct.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I believe that eNotes management realizes that the site's spell checker is not the most accurate, and they are seeking a better alternative. I usually check my own spelling on other dictionary sites when I am uncertain. Sadly, many students who post do not bother to check any of their spelling (or else they are so accustomed to the shortcuts of emailing and texting that it is unimportant to them).

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As others do, and especially because I have a somewhat dodgy internet connection at times, I use Word as a substitute, which I find far more convenient and also allows me to save and catalogue my responses. Takes a bit longer but boy do you feel good about yourself if you have an internet failure and you are just a few keys away from finishing responding to a long question!

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I usually type the response in Word and paste it in. However lately I have been using my iPad so I can't do that. I never was able to use the spell check well on my laptop- it always froze my computer. On the iPad I have no spell check at all. I do my best and hope there are no mistakes.
M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I often do my answers on a Word document and use that Spell checker, but it is not because it is not good. I do that because the problem I have is that my computer sometimes won't load the page and loses my answer a lot. So, I need word as back up. It might work best that way.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One strategy that I use is to type my responses in Microsoft Word first. This enables me to accurately check word count, grammar, and spelling. It is then a simple matter to cut, paste, and submit grammatically correct response.

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have the same problem as in Post #5. So I also started using Word and then copying and pasting my answers into enotes. So I really do not have very much experience with the spell checker in enotes.

krishna-agrawala | Student

Yes, the spell checker for eNotes is not as convenient as many other spell checkers are. Particuarly showing part of words as misspelt words is quite annoying and confusing, as it makes it difficult to spot actually misspelt words. It would be very nice if eNotes can improve its capabilities and features.