Five reasons why your computer complains about your rules

You may have noticed that the computer sometimes underlines certain terms or expressions whenever you type. Sometimes the streak is red, while at other times it can be bluish. In fact, the color or tag may vary depending on the brand and age of the computer. No matter what the notification flag looks like, just note that it indicates an error or confusion that you need to resolve.

This, in fact, is the beauty of technology in its diversity. Once you pay attention to such an alert, you will log few errors in your texts. It is an advantage that a computer has over handwriting.


Problem 1 The computer can complain of limited spelling errors. The case may be the case of a word whose spelling you don’t know, or a case arising from neglect. For example, if you spell February as February, or Privilege as Privilege, the computer will highlight it. The same applies if you accidentally type “baet” instead of “beat”. All you have to do then is correct this anomaly. Ironically, many of us sometimes argue with the computer because we don’t know that we’ve spelled some words wrong. Many who, for example, always have a “franchise” with an ad in it, may quarrel with the system and then move on. This is not wise at all. When you see the warning sign, pause and confirm through the dictionary.

start or begin?

Another example where a red line can appear is when you use a word that is not appropriate for context. This can be in terms of tense, punctuation, articles, or symmetry. If you give the computer this phrase, for example, “The boys were punished when I got home,” the word “I was” is underlined because what is expected is “exist.” Also write, “They started the meeting,” and the computer will reply to your fatal error because the correct expression is “They started the meeting.” Either way, the computer may be soft on you with a complaint with a blue line. Whatever the case, check the part of the sentence and correct it accordingly. Since this is a matter of grammar, you can contact another person or higher authority if you cannot easily understand why the computer is rebelling. And why do you think he might complain about this sentence below?

  • Oh God, I need help now!


Another example a computer might prompt you to monitor your own rules is when your statement gets detached. If there is a breakdown in compatibility or parallelism, you may get a red alert. In such a case, you should look at the structure and solve it:

She has a habit of getting up early, getting to the office promptly, and returning early.

If your computer likes you, it will query to use “and come back early” because you violated the parallelism rule. The condition text becomes:

She has a habit of getting up early, getting to the office promptly, and returning early.

When to avoid the red line

But there are times when you need to avoid the computer when you get the error line. Many computers speak American English. In Nigeria, we follow British English traditions. Therefore, the computer tends to reject some British English terms. If it does, you simply ignore it:

  • Life is an honor. It ends where honor ends.
  • It is at the center of the crisis.

If your computer highlights ‘honour’ and ‘center’, just note that the reason is that you didn’t give it the American spellings as: honor, middle. So, ignore it.

Indigenous terms

When non-English words are used, the computer will complain. The reason is that such terms are not in her memory – because they are often not found in the dictionary. The nouns or concepts can be Igbo, Efek, Fulani, Hausa, Yoruba, Egon, or Swahili. The computer will likely show a red light because it detects that you are giving it the linguistic terms. In this context, too, you shouldn’t mind that. However, you can add a short description that will help those who do not speak your language understand the term. Consider how this interpretation enriches the information in the expressions below:

  • When we were in the village, my brother Isuru loved me, but I never loved her.
  • When we were in the village, my brother Isuru liked – a fried potato plant that doesn’t have a good texture for pounding potatoes – but I’ve never liked it.
  • When we were in the village, my brother Isuru loved me, but I never loved her. Esuru is yam that does not have a good texture for french fries.

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