Antidote 10 User Guide

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General Panel

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Discontinuities

Occasionally, Antidote isn’t able to identify the role of every word in a sentence, often because of missing or superfluous words. When this setting is enabled, the corrector places a dotted line under the affected area. This allows you to check the sentence carefully, especially around the dotted line, so that you can correct any potential omissions or errors.

  • This setting is enabled by default.

Unknown alphanumeric sequences

An alphanumeric sequence is an unbroken series of letters, numerals and other non-separating symbols (e.g. LOG-6). If you use any such sequences regularly, it may be useful to add them to a personal dictionary so that the corrector can analyze them. Antidote invites you to do this by displaying an unknown word alert when this setting is enabled.

  • This setting is disabled by default.

The pronoun who when it is used in place of whom

When this setting is enabled, the corrector favours the pronoun whom (The people whom I hate) over who (The people who I hate) when it refers to the object rather than the subject. This usage may be recommended or even obligatory in some styles, while others consider it formal.

  • This setting is enabled by default.

Numerals in numbers under 10

When this setting is enabled, the corrector flags any numbers lower than 10 that are written in numerals (7) rather than words (seven). Typically, these numbers should be written as words provided that the sentence does not contain any other numbers in numeral form.

  • This setting is enabled by default.

Prepositions at the end of a sentence

Sentences that end with a preposition (e.g. Which stand did you go to?) are common and widely accepted, although some writers avoid them in very formal contexts. When this setting is enabled, the corrector flags them with an alert.

  • This setting is disabled by default.

Options

Possessive form of singular proper nouns ending in -s

According to the selected option, Antidote will correct the possessive form of singular proper nouns that end in the letter s. You can instruct it to favour the ’s ending (e.g. Charles’s mother), the apostrophe ending (e.g. Charles’ mother), or either form.

  • The ’s form is selected by default.

Plurals of initialisms containing periods

According to the selected option, Antidote will correct the plural form of initialisms that contain periods (e.g. M.D.). You can instruct it to favour the ’s ending (e.g. M.D.’s), the s ending (e.g. M.D.s), or either form.

  • The ’s form is selected by default.

Replace contractions with long forms

When this setting is enabled, the corrector locates the contractions in a text (e.g won’t), and suggests replacing them with the corresponding long form (e.g. will not). Contractions are considered informal by some style guides.

  • This setting is disabled by default.