MCINTOSHFORMS™: a grammatical editing method for manuscripts

Customized search parameters

MCINTOSHFORMS™ are an educational and grammatical method that uses customized search parameters that include regular expressions (regexes) to edit manuscripts.

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.”

Also 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 concepts become concretized in the vocabulary, the grammatical structure and the diction in literary prose. By using MCINTOSHFORMS™, you can isolate form and function in your manuscript after the writing process to analyze/review them.


The MCINTOSHFORMS™ themselves consist of any grammatical rules and also the user instructions that inform the particular parameter of the search being performed. The result of the search then enables analysis/review of a given grammatical constituent by highlighting a grammatical form, a morphological structure, a syntactic structure or an orthographic structure. This overall process helps the user identify and/or address any errors or ambiguities in the document. It has been developed as a grammatical method and offered through McIntoshLinguistics.


Using the Advanced Find tool combined with wildcards search in a Microsoft Word document, a user strategically and syntactically applies regexes, grammatical forms (whole words or linguistic units, such as morphemes, phonemes, etc.) and orthographic items (hyphenation that forms compound words, and punctuation that divide text into sentences, clauses, etc.) to isolate morphological structures (i.e., participles, gerunds, infinitives, etc.) syntactic structures (i.e., prepositional phrases) or orthographic structures (i.e., question marks in question tags, or quotation marks in direct speech).

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The concept of MCINTOSHFORMS™

We believe that by subscribing to our grammatical approach, grammatical form and grammatical function will become even more apparent in the vocabulary, grammatical structure and diction of your literary prose.

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 both English 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