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    "Advice" and "advise"

    Microsoft Outlook's spell checker incorrectly flags the words "advice" and "advise." "Advice" is a noun and "advise" is a verb. The spell checker has this backwards. I see on-line forums that refer to this error as long ago as 2006, yet the error remains. I have many examples of emails from colleagues who now have these errors in their emails. I believe that Outlook has a responsibility to correct errors since they affect so many people. I have tried to contact them but they do not reply. Has anyone else had success in informing them of this error?

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    Ray

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    Re: "Advice" and "advise"

    I just typed "Could you advice me..." in Outlook and I got the blue "word choice" squiggle as I should, suggesting that I meant "advise." I've set Outlook to use Word as the word processor in composing my e-mail. I wonder if that makes a difference.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "Advice" and "advise"

    I would type the letter using Word first, then copy-paste the whole text into Outlook. Ignore Outlook's spelling/grammar checker.

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    Re: "Advice" and "advise"

    It is sad that Outlook needs the help of another program to get some simple spelling right. I really do not want the extra steps of writing an email in Word and then copying it into Outlook.

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    Re: "Advice" and "advise"

    Quote Originally Posted by raymcfetridge View Post
    It is sad that Outlook needs the help of another program to get some simple spelling right. I really do not want the extra steps of writing an email in Word and then copying it into Outlook.
    Thanks for providing me with one more reason to give students as to why they shouldn't rely so heavily on those gosh-darn computer programs.

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    Re: "Advice" and "advise"

    Quote Originally Posted by raymcfetridge View Post
    It is sad that Outlook needs the help of another program to get some simple spelling right. I really do not want the extra steps of writing an email in Word and then copying it into Outlook.
    Thanks for providing me with one more reason to give people as to why they shouldn't rely on Microsoft or any other proprietary software.

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    Re: "Advice" and "advise"

    Outlook is a Microsoft product, as is Word. You don't have to write it in Word first and paste it in. You simply choose within the Outlook e-mail menu that you want Word to be your default e-mail editor.

    The same shortcuts I've set up Word are thus available to me in Outlook.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "Advice" and "advise"

    There are dozens of free email clients available.

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    Re: "Advice" and "advise"

    I endorse the use of free software.

    It is very important that computer users at least be aware of its philosophy:
    Free software - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The Free Software Definition - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)

    I have been using Linux for years and I am very pleased with it.

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    Re: "Advice" and "advise"

    I don't honestly think that Microsoft develop their language tools that much- I think they started out with good intentions and backed off once they'd become aware of the complexity. They seem to progress at a much slower rate than the rest of their software.

    (Yet another Linux user, though I can't say I have seen much better in terms of language software there)

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