Microsoft 365 or Office 365 customers who do use Word may now use a new feature in Microsoft Word that provides sentence-level writing suggestions.
Microsoft announced the introduction of Rewrite suggestions at the 2019 Microsoft Build conference designed to provide users with suggestions that may improve the quality of texts. The new Sentence-Level writing suggestions that Microsoft introduced this week are an addition to the functionality. Instead of providing phrasal suggestions, the new feature provides suggestions for entire sentences.
The entire process is very simple. All that needs to be done is to select a sentence, right-click on the selection and pick the Rewrite Suggestions option from the context menu to get suggestions that may improve the quality of the sentence.
Microsoft notes that different types of suggestions are supported right now: fluency improvements, concise phrasing improvements, and readability improvements.
Improves fluency: These suggestions aim to improve the flow of the wording, including mechanics like grammar and spelling.
Concise phrasing: The goal of these suggestions is to express an idea clearly, without extra words.
Paraphrased sentence: These suggestions offer synonyms for alternative wording.
Improves readability: The goal of these suggestions is to make the writing easier to read for people with different reading abilities. In general, suggestions will include shorter, simpler wording.
The changed text is highlighted in the suggestions so that it is clear right away what has changed; this makes the analysis and comparison much easier. Microsoft lists the type of improvement, e.g. improves readability, as well underneath each suggestion.
The company notes that only some types of suggestions may be provided at times, and that "sentences that are good enough" already may not show any suggestions as there is nothing to improve.
The new Sentence-Level writing suggestions in Word are available for subscribers only. Microsoft has made available the feature for English language sentences only at the time of writing and did not reveal when additional language support would become available.Advertisement
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