Word repetition detector

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Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:48 pm Post

Hello! I browsed and searched here and there on these forums, but I cannot find any way to detect repeated words in a text - I am not talking about statistics, but a tool able to enlighten close repetitions of words, in order for the writer to spot and eliminate them.

Is there already something similar in Scrivener? If not, I think it should be implemented in some update, it doesn't seem such a difficult feature to add!

Thank you


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Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:38 pm Post


The grammar checker will detect repeated words. Under Edit- Spelling and Grammar.


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Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:47 pm Post

Sorry, I was not very clear. For 'repeated words' I did not mean the same instance of a word put/left by mistake as in 'I am am Italian'.

I meant rather the recurrence of the same word like twice in a sentence, or three times in a couple of lines. As in: 'His eyes were blue, while his wife's eyes were deep green, a very nice eye colour'. These are stylistic blunders that sort of tool (recurrent word detector) could help to correct :)

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Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:35 am Post

Even I am looking for a tool within Scrivener that will highlight word density and proximity/ spread -- how often I have repeated a word and how close the repeats are to each other.
For example, in my case, I tend to use the word "also" a bit too often! So it would be most useful if Scrivener can highlight every occurrence of "also" in the text, giving me a visual overview of how close together these alsos are.
Similarly for other words, Perhaps this feature can be added to the Statistics box where clicking on an individual word shows you where all you have used it in the document.

Incidentally, to the previous poster, I don't see any option under Edit to run a Spelling and Grammer check. The only option is Spelling. I am on the latest Windows beta -- has the Grammer check been removed?

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Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:08 pm Post

I'd like to join in here.

It would be super awesome if you could tell Scrivener to find all documents in which a certain word is used more than x amount of times within a span of y number of words.
This would help so much with eliminating the 'Favourite Word of the Month'-phenomenon!

EDIT: Although one of my more pressing problems - using the same five conjunctions over and over in close proximity - can be solved with Scrivs search function, b/c you can search for more than one word at a time. It still involves a lot of scrolling, though.

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Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:22 am Post

Correct me if this is already possible, but I'd settle for an instance count in the little search box at the top right corner when you type something in. Eg:

Search box: 'eye' [3] <-- number of times I've typed that character string in the current document

That way I can instantly see if I've used a word before, and how many times I've used it, without having to scroll through the document looking for highlighted words. A lot of the time, to make a decision, the only thing I need to know is that number. I'm a fiction writer and I waste a lot of time during editing scrolling back and forth through my document trying to figure out whether or not I've overused a word. It's hard to remember if you've used a word when you're constantly taking out phrases, sticking them back in, moving them around, etc. Especially if you did all that work the day before or last week.

I know you can get that information from statistics, but that takes far too long. I can't be constantly stopping and generating word counts for every word in the project when I just need that one text string for that one document. Especially when it counts variants as separate words and I can use a partial word in the search box to highlight different variations of the same word (eg. eye, eyes).