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Correct grammar is my worst enemy. I hate proofreading and have a feeling most people would agree with me, except those crazy people who loved English in High School. Just for the record, I loved school, but English was never my strongest subject.
Grammarly (which is free) is my new favorite writing tool. I started using it specifically for blogging, but have quickly begun to use it anytime I’m writing online.
I know that most of you don’t write as frequently as I do, but for this reason, I think you probably need a Grammarly free account even more.
I’ve always thought I was a pretty decent with grammar until I started blogging. When you write frequently you start noticing your lack of skills more and more.
I’ll write a post, read and read and reread it. I will literally review a post 10-15 times and still find grammatical errors.
Unless you are a grammar Nazi, you are going to make mistakes.
Grammarly takes the guesswork out of the editing & proofreading process. This means that your emails, Facebook Posts, and general email use will now have an extra level of grammatical review.
I write in Microsoft Word and then transfer my blog posts to WordPress. Keep in mind, I’ve typically reviewed them 5-10 times minimum before adding them to an internet-based platform that has Grammarly installed. It is a simple extension that works on any browser.
For example, when I uploaded this post, I still had 14 errors.
I was particularly careful with this post too because of the subject matter. Grammarly still caught tons of my mistakes.
I’m currently using the Grammarly Free Account that scans for 100 of the most common errors. The advanced version scans for 250 errors and can be used directly with Microsoft Office.
I can’t wait to see how many errors the advanced version finds in my posts.
Grammarly is currently installed on all of my web browsers, so it will automatically correct errors when I’m writing emails, completing forms and of course blogging.
I didn’t realize how much I was using it until I switched computers and went a few days without the program. I was kind of shocked at how much I had come to depend on the free help Grammarly supplied.
Grammarly isn’t perfect, but as you can see below, it can be a professional’s most effective writing tool.
Below are Some Errors from this Post that Grammarly Caught:
Spelling and grammatical errors will still occur. I do catch errors that Grammarly didn’t catch on every post. It can’t always catch the conceptual phrases that are used frequently. It won’t always catch the incorrect use of words.
For example, can you spot the error I made below:
What it does catch is the missing comma’s, the wrong use of tenses, the incorrect use of words like choice, choose and chose. The program is also good at catching issues with plural and singular problems. Grammarly’s ability to catch the incorrect use of then and than is awesome for me. I can never get those two words correct.
As you can see, Grammarly knows that I’m using then/than incorrectly:
It is also great for catching minor errors like this one:
Grammarly gives you helpful suggestions for corrections. In this case, the helpful suggestion was incorrect, but it still caught the error:
If you choose to correct with Grammarly, a nice little window opens up that gives you, even more, information on correcting your error:
If you are looking for a free grammar and punctuation checker and corrector program, I highly recommend using Grammarly. It catches multiple errors in every post I write and saves me hours of editing time.
I highly recommend at minimum getting a Grammarly free account. I assumed I’d just use Grammarly for my blogging, but have found I use it for everything. It catches my stupid little errors when I’m typing on Facebook, it catches email errors and is great when I’m filling out little form boxes.
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