MCINTOSHFORMS™ is a grammatical method helmed by the established rules of grammar to help elevate the quality of your literary writing. This elevation will be achieved through combined greater awareness of syntactic functions and the use of the Find tool in Microsoft Word. Through a search dialog and based on the syntax provided by MCINTOSHFORMS™ for the particular grammatical search being performed, you can highlight grammatical constituents within the document. The caveat to ascribing to the use of this method and understanding the syntactic functions covered in the LEP is that you have learned the tenets of the Form-Function Method for teaching grammar.

The Theory behind MCINTOSHFORMS™

MCINTOSHFORMS™ echoes the theory in Chomsky’s linguistic theory (generative grammar), which states that language is a finite set of rules that create an infinite number of grammatical sentences, and uses that theory as an approach to English grammar by a writer/editor who wants to elevate the quality of his or her own writing. The theory also states that as a tool with a finite number of rules that allows us to generate (or deduce) all English sentences, a grammar would also generate only grammatically correct sentences (not ungrammatical sentences). MCINTOSHFORMS™ echoes the two most basic linguistic elements of grammar, which are form and function.

Achieve methodical literary editing through awareness of grammatical form and grammatical function with MCINTOSHFORMS™