MCINTOSHFORMS™ is a grammatical method used by McIntoshLinguistics along with its editing process called The Literary Editing Project (The LEP), which uses a descriptive checklist to address a process-method we like to refer to as SSORE: this involves syntax and semantics, orthography (punctuation and hyphenation), and readability elements such as coordination and subject-verb agreement in your literary manuscript.

Within a Microsoft (MS) Word document, MCINTOSHFORMS™ uses regular expressions (regexes) and/or grammatical forms (letters, words, phrases, and orthography) to isolate morphological structures, syntactic structures, and orthographic structures (i.e., hyphenation that forms compound words and punctuation that divide text into sentences, clauses, etc.). The result will allow you to examine/review grammatical constituents, grammatical forms, and grammatical functions.

The concept of MCINTOSHFORMS™

McIntoshLinguistics, which created MCINTOSHFORMS™, believes that understanding, and being knowledgeable about, grammar and the linguistic aspect of English maximizes a writer’s ability to influence diction.

“… words form phrases, grammatical functions emerge from morphological and phrasal structure, and patterns of phrases evoke a complex meaning.”

Mary Dalrymple, John Lamping, Fernando Pereira, and Vijay Saraswat

This overall effect can be especially apparent in literary prose, where together the vocabulary and grammatical structures and the diction form a kind of storytelling-communication.

Isolate word structures (morphology), sentence elements (syntax), and orthography (punctuation) to identify and remove any potential errors or ambiguity with MCINTOSHFORMS™.