With Grammarly Premium, one of your suggestions is called Intricate Text. If you are wondering when you should use intricate text, what intricate text, how to find intricate text, or how to fix intricate text problems, you are in the right place.
What is Intricate Text
There are many instances where intricate text cannot be avoided and adds to your writing. If you are discussing complicated topics, such as anything medically related or other higher-level academic issues, or using parallelism to further your point, having intricate text is not bad. You may be using jargon that Grammarly flags as intricate text.
However, this jargon may be needed in your writing because a niche group of people who prefer this specific language will be reading it. This is one of many times where intricate text is welcomed and accepted.
There are also times when Grammarly tells you a word you are repeating is intricate text because it is being used too often. This is another time where your writing does not need to be edited if this word is vital to what you are writing.
For example, if you are writing an article about how to send a message on a specific app. Grammarly will keep trying to tell you to use different synonyms for the word message.
The words suggested by Grammarly make no sense and create even more confusion in your writing. In these instances, repeating the word messages is the best for your writing, so it is okay to have intricate text. Any revision will cause more uncertainty for the readers than before.
There is much concern with Grammarly users regarding the intricate text. Sometimes, the suggestions make less sense than what your writing did. Grammarly is not a perfect app and cannot always perfectly decipher what your writing is trying to do. It is an app, after all, and is an online program.
Sometimes, it is okay to ignore Grammarly fixes because you know what you are writing better than anyone else. Do not change anything if the corrections do not work with your words.
What Does Intricate Text Mean in Grammarly
If you are one of Grammarly’s millions of users, you might notice that Grammarly sometimes tells you that your text is too intricate.
If you are being told this, Grammarly means that your sentence, sentences, or paragraph may be too complicated for some users to read.
Some faults flagging up as intricate in Grammarly’s system are subordinate clauses, parentheses, reverse verbs, and many adjectives or adverbs.
When Grammarly tells you that your writing is too intricate, there is nothing grammatically wrong with what you are writing.
It may just be too much. You are being told that your writing is highly informative and complex. Depending on whom your audience is, having intricate text is not a bad thing.
Intricate is also a very subjective word. What may be very easy for you to read is incredibly complex for a ten-year-old. Maybe an article about gaming is straightforward for an avid gamer to understand, but someone who has never used a gaming system in their lives will be very confused.
Depending on what your writing is if Grammarly is telling you it is Intricate, it does not mean you need to change what you wrote.
If you know your readers will be able to comprehend the sentences or paragraphs being highlighted easily, there is no need to edit anything. However, suppose you reach a vast audience and are not writing about something very niche to a group of people.
In that case, you may want to fix what Grammarly has highlighted, so you know anyone who reads your work will understand what you are trying to say.
How to Find Intricate Text Using Grammarly
When you use Grammarly, you will see their logo on your screen. The logo is an arrow that looks like a G in writing, surrounded by a circle of green. Clicking on this logo will allow you to see what Grammarly wants you to correct. To find intricate text, follow these steps.
1. First, ensure Grammarly is enabled on your writing platform.
2. To do this, open up Grammarly.
3. Now, click on Settings.
4. Then, go to Blocked Apps.
5. You are okay if what you use to write is not listed here. If it is, click on it and select Unblock.
6. Open your app now that you can use Grammarly in your writing apps.
7. Click on the Grammarly logo wherever it is on your screen.
8. A list of errors will appear. Scroll through this list until you see Intricate Text.
9. Click on Intricate Text.
10. Your screen will now highlight the text that Grammarly considers confusing or too long.
11. Keep clicking through the Intricate Text notices to see all areas Grammarly wants you to fix.
12. Depending on what error Grammarly thinks exists in your writing, the app will either give you a fix or tell you that you should change something. If you are given a correction, click on Accept or Rephrase. Grammarly will atomically change your writing to what they recommended.
13. If you are not given a correction and only are told that your writing is too intricate, you will need to fix it on your own.
If you are unsure how to fix your writing if it is too intricate, there are some easy ways to improve your words, making it easier for your readers to understand.
In the future, to keep your writing from being flagged as intricate, keep your sentences as short as possible, do not use vague ideas, and only write what is necessary to understand your content.
Once you can find any areas that Grammarly deems to be intricate text, you will see a description of why it is intricate. One reason might be that you wrote the word “they” and are confusing readers as to whom you are referencing.
If you use “and” too many times in a sentence, Grammarly will recommend that you remove some “and”s or start a new sentence entirely.
If you use the same word repeatedly in a sentence or paragraph, you will be told some synonyms you can use instead of the word.
Using “this” or “that” will also be considered to be intricate text by Grammarly because the terms are vague, and it is unclear who or what you are talking about.
If you have included too many adjectives, Grammarly will tell you to remove them because they are unneeded and do not want any substance to your work.
If you use specific jargon, Grammarly will ask you to change the words to something broader so a general audience can understand what you are writing about.
Writing “like,” “as,” “and,” “that,” “for, “to,” and others alike too many times in one sentence will also be one of the intricate text recommendations that Grammarly gives you, as using these words make your sentences choppy and confusing.
How to Fix Intricate Text Grammarly
When it comes to fixing intricate text on Grammarly, there are instances where you will have to change something manually or where Grammarly corrects it for you.
When you are finding intricate text on Grammarly, you can either see the option to click on Rephrase or Accept or not have any suggestions available. If you see Rephrase or Accept, click on those.
Grammarly will now correct your intricate text for you. If those options are not available, Grammarly will tell you what words of sentences are intricate. You will have to figure out how to make them less confusing on your own.
One of the common mistakes that will appear as an intricate issue on Grammarly is the word they. Maybe you wrote “They went to the lake” or “They were unable to find their dog.” “They” is a vast word, but it is also heavily used in writing.
Grammarly will tell you that your use of they is vague and confusing, but Grammarly will not offer up a solution.
Thankfully, using “they” is easily fixed. Looking at the context of your writing, you should be able to tell whom you are talking about and fix it. Maybe a family was going on a lake trip, so you should instead write, “The family went to the lake.” If a woman in your text lost her dog, write, “[Name] was unable to find their dog.” This is the best way to clear up your use of “they.”
Another reason Grammarly might tell you something is intricate is if you use long, complicated sentences that contain repeated words.
Maybe you wrote something similar: “And I walked around to find my car blocked in by two other cars, and, next thing I know, the cars were leaving, and I was finally able to move my car.”
Within this sentence, Grammarly will have two reasons for this being intricate. The first is that you used “and” too often. The second is that you used “car” too much. Using “and” that much means you can break it into multiple sentences. While “car” may be a word you need to use often, there are synonyms you can use that get the same idea across.
Try this instead: “I walked around to find my [car model] blocked on both sides. Thankfully, the vehicles moved. I was able to move mine.” With this edit, you do not use “and” at all, nor do you repeat car multiple times.
Using “this” or “that” is another reason Grammarly will tell you your writing is intricate. If you decide to start a sentence with either of these words, you may confuse the reader. Both “this” and “that” force the reader to reflect on what you said.
You may have written something like, “I want to go skydiving next year. This is on my bucket list.” Starting the second sentence with “this” refers to skydiving.
While it may make sense to you, your audience may be unsure what “this” means. Try writing, “I want to go skydiving next year. That way, I can check skydiving off my bucket list.” Getting rid of “this” makes your reader better understand what you are saying.
Another example is, “I want to make dinner. That way, my mom does not have to.” Saying “that” could also confuse some readers. Try, “I want to make dinner. My mom will have a night off now.” You are still saying the same thing but are not using words that force the readers to use context.
Using too many adjectives is another way to get your writing considered intricate by Grammarly. Adjectives can be significant in certain situations but also redundant in your writing.
If you are writing a book that details a fantasy world, adjectives are necessary to describe this world to the readers adequately. However, writing about how to build a piece of furniture does not require as many adjectives.
Let’s say you wrote, “Now, gently pick up the silver, metal hammer next to you and use it to roughly knock the medium-sized, copper nail head into the oak piece of withered wood.” While some adjectives may be necessary, some may be just too much information and confuse the reader.
Write something like, “Grab the metal hammer and pound the nail into the wood.” You have given the exact instructions, making it a lot easier to read and understand.
Specific jargon is another reason your writing will be considered intricate by Grammarly. In some instances, there is nothing you can do to fix this. Scientific journals and research papers are two mediums that will require a level of jargon that a typical person cannot understand.
However, writing not being read by a particular audience should not include jargon that certain groups of people can only understand. When using Grammarly, the app will give you suggestions to replace these words. Use the guidance to make your writing more precise and easier to understand for all of your potential readers.
If you are using too many connecting words such as “like,” “as,” “and,” “that,” “for, “to,” and others alike, Grammarly will tell you your sentence is too intricate. Thankfully, in these cases, Grammarly will rewrite the sentence for you to make it easier to understand.
Click on Accept or Rephrase and Grammarly will eliminate these words or add different words to help your writing flow better. However, in these cases, Grammarly will sometimes delete words or phrases vital to understanding your content.
If this happens, you may have to accept that a couple of areas of your writing will be considered intricate text by Grammarly. You will have to rewrite your words if this happens, and Grammarly deletes things you need to have included in your paragraphs.
Another intricate text error you might be making in your writing is through the arrangement of your sentences. Grammarly will read what you have written and organize it in a way the app sees fit.
Your edit may be telling you to move some sentences around so that your writing flows better and your readers can follow what you are saying more easily. With this suggestion, Grammarly might make a mistake again.
Remember, the app is not perfect. You may think your original order made far more sense and decide to ignore Grammarly’s suggestion. If you did change your order but then think you liked your way better, you can undo what Grammarly has changed. You will have to rewrite your sentences in the order that makes the most sense to you.