A grammatical editing-method product

MCINTOSHFORMS™ are a grammatical editing method that addresses a system we have created and called SSORE: The Syntax and Semantics, Orthography, and Readability Elements of Writing & Editing, or The SSORE of Writing & Editing.

Introduction to MCINTOSHFORMS™

Englicious: "A useful distinction in grammar is that of form and function. Grammatical form is concerned with the description of linguistic units in terms of what they are, and grammatical function is concerned with the description of what these linguistic units do."

And according to Bas Aarts, Grammar enthusiast and Professor of English Linguistics at UCL and Author of the Oxford Modern English Grammar and the Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar, " ‘Form’ and ‘function’ are two extremely important concepts that you need to know about to fully understand how grammar works."

These elements can be especially apparent in literary prose, where together the vocabulary, the grammatical structures, and the diction form a kind of storytelling-communication. With MCINTOSHFORMS™, you can isolate these structures in your literary manuscript after the writing process to analyze/review them.


MCINTOSHFORMS™ are a combination of regexes and grammatical forms (whole words or linguistic units such as morphemes, phonemes, orthography, etc.) that are used to isolate morphological structures, syntactic structures and orthographic structures within an Microsoft (MS) Word document. These structures will enable you to examine/review grammatical constituents, grammatical forms and grammatical functions. This routine has been developed into a formalized grammatical method, which is used by McIntoshLinguistics.


MCINTOSHFORMS™ have been formulated for use via the advanced (wildcards) search field in MS Word. A regex is entered into the Advanced Find dialog, via the Find tool, to isolate a morphological structure, a syntactic structure or an orthographic structure. You can then analyze/review a grammatical form, a grammatical function or a grammatical constituent to identify and/or remove any errors or ambiguities. The use of MCINTOSHFORMS™ helps you elevate your literary writing through greater awareness of grammatical form, grammatical function and syntactic function.

The concept of MCINTOSHFORMS™

Together vocabulary, grammatical structures and diction form a kind of storytelling-communication that can be achieve in literary prose through SSORE, a grammatical approach.

According to Chomsky’s theories of grammar and language, there is a notion that language produces “an infinite number of grammatical phrases and sentences using only finite means.” MCINTOSHFORMS™ as a standalone method or in combination with any process aim to reinforce this notion.

I believe that understanding, and being knowledgeable about, grammar and the linguistic aspect of English maximize a writer's ability to influence diction.

Garie McIntosh

[W]ords 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