I know that I have complained about Word’s grammar check before, but yet again, it is getting on my nerves. This week, I have been editing stories for a short story contest, and for some reason, the grammar check keeps underlining the word pressing no matter how many times I tell the program to ignore the word.
Here is the sentence that it does not like:
Some matters were more pressing.
Ok, Word, I get it. You see the word pressing as a noun. You think the word more is being used as an adjective denoting an amount. In that sense, it makes sense that you think pressing should be plural, and thus, you repeatedly give me the suggested change pressings. However, you dumbass, I am using pressing as an adjective, with the more as a comparative modifier. Now, Word, unless English suddenly became like French (where adjectives agree in number with the nouns that they are modifying*), stop telling me that my adjective should be pluralized!
*The subject of the sentence, some matters, is plural, and in French, the modifying adjective would also be in plural, so then if some matters were more pressing were written in French, it would make sense for pressing to have an added -s.