Are you looking for some handy tools that can help you with your grammar? Then you’re in luck! Technology has brought us some very useful tools that correct not only your spelling but your grammar as well. Unfortunately, many of these programs require you to pay money in order to use them. Fortunately, however, I will tell you how to utilize three of the best FREE grammar checkers at once, which will improve your writing drastically and will get you save you the expense of a paid grammar tool.
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Grammarly Grammar Checker
One of the most well-known grammar checkers is Grammarly. This is a system that detects not only spelling mistakes, but also mixed up words such as “their” and “there” and “your” and “you’re,” sentences that are missing commas, sentences that have an extra comma, words that are missing a dash, confusions between singular and plural, wordiness (using extra words or using one word too many times, which, although it is not a grammar mistake, still detracts from the quality of your writing), and much more.
Grammarly is available in a few ways:
- Online documents, similar to Google Docs
- A Browser add-on for Chrome, IE, and Firefox, which checks ALL text you type into your browser, including Gmail, etc.
- A desktop app for Windows (7 and up) and Mac
- It’s also available for Microsoft Office
There are two versions of Grammarly: The free version checks basic spelling and grammar mistakes, while the paid version, which is not cheap, checks for advanced grammar mistakes, such as comma splice, wordiness, use of cliches, passive voice, and much more.
Another thing that Grammarly offers, even in the free version, is synonyms and definitions. When you double-click on any word that appears in your browser, it will give you a list of synonyms. When you are writing and want to make your language as colorful as possible and you want to avoid overusing a word, this is very useful.
Grammarly is by far the most comprehensive and sophisticated grammar tool out there, so I guess that the price for the premium version can be justified. It’s around $30 a month, but if you pay yearly it is only around $10 a month.
I do want to mention that no software can replace a human, and there are things that Grammarly misses, including some ugly spelling mistakes. So make sure to proofread.
After the Deadline Review
After the deadline is a grammar checker available for free as an add-on in the Chrome web store (it might be available for Firefox as well). It is not as advanced as Grammarly, but it does pick up quite a few stuff that Grammarly misses, such as certain spelling mistakes and a bunch of grammar mistakes such as hidden verbs. It also checks for usage of complex words when simpler words are available. In one of my own experiences, it picked up that I used “who’s” instead of “whose,” which Grammarly had missed. You can check any text that you type into Chrome by pressing Control+Shift+S. The best part is that it is free.
The Hemingway App Review
The Hemingway Editor, available at hemingwayapp.com, is an online writing surface which checks your writing. The truth is that it doesn’t focus as much on grammar as it does on the quality and clarity of your writing. It checks for
sentences that are very hard to read and understand, sentences that are slightly hard to read, and usage of complex words when there are simpler words available (and it suggests a simpler word). If a sentence is too hard to read, you can simply shorten it or divide it into two sentences. It also highlights usage of passive voice and adverbs and suggests how many should be deleted. Passive voice and adverbs can detract from the quality of a text. The app also gives you a score based on how easy it is to read your article, and it also gives you the reading time it will take to read through your article.
*UPDATE:* Hemingway App now has a desktop app for both Windows and Mac for just $9.99. This means you don’t have to go to hemingwayapp.com every time. You can purchase the app at hemingwayapp.com.
The Three-Pronged Approach
When I write an article for a private client, I use a three-pronged approach, as follows: First, I paste the article in hemingwayapp.com. Grammarly immediately checks the article, and I correct any mistakes that the free version picks up.
The second thing that I do is check my text (still in hemingwayapp.com) with After the Deadline by pressing C+SH+S. It will often pick up spelling and grammar mistakes that Grammarly didn’t.
I then use the Hemingway App to make my article more readable and easier to understand.
I find that using these tools really helps me out, and also help me become a better writer even when I don’t use them. In any case, this whole thing costs zero dollars, which is much better than paying for any single grammar checker.
Of course, these software aren’t human and just run on a set of rules. This means that they can make silly suggestions as well. So in the end, you should just use them as something to help you out, and not rely on them for the final say. You can also choose to use only one of the above-mentioned tools.
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