As you know, I’m not from an English speaking country. All the English, that I know, is either self-taught or through school here in Sweden (add a few seasons skiing in Canada too).
However, not being a native speaker will surely never put me on par with someone who has English as their mother tongue. For that purpose of actually honing my English skills and for the pleasure of you, my readers, I have implemented a few tools to try to correct, at least the common ones, mistake that I make. I don’t want you eyes bleeding from my bad English!
These tools help me catch any errors and over time and hopefully, I’m not gonna repeat them that often.
So, without further ado, here are 10 grammar tools that can help you get your grammar and spelling on lock:
Grammarly really is the best all-around tool for checking grammar, proofreading and style. Best part is that you can install a really powerful extension in chrome that give you the ability to check everything on the fly in any window here you can type. It’s nicely color-coded and all errors or suggestions are clearly explained and presented with a suggestion for a fix.
While the free version suits me fine, they also have a premium version with even further analyzes, including sentence structure, deeper style issues and use of vocabulary.
Grammarly is both web based and available in your web browser and offline.
Ginger is similar to Grammarly but offers a few other tools too that are handy when writing, including word prediction, grammar checks, sentence rephrase (when you just can find that flow) and an integrated dictionary and thesaurus.
Ginger also offers a nifty little tool where you can practice on mistakes you often into. For example, I stumble between a/an at times, and Ginger help me sort that out based on my actual errors and texts. Really helpful as practice and repetition make perfect!
Ginger is both web based and available in your web browser and offline.
Are you looking to get stats on your texts? Textalyser is the way to go. Just past your full text and get all the data you need on word count, number of words, lexical density, Gunnig-Fog Index and many other types of stats.
After the Deadline is a great tool that is web-based focus mainly on spelling errors, grammar and style suggestions. All, you have to do is to paste your text, and voila, get your issues right presented with suggestions and explanations on why you should correct any issues.
After the Deadline is free and offers a set of tools so that you can integrate it with bbPress, BuddyPress, Confluence and a set of other platforms. It also offers extension for both Firefox and Chrome. For you developers out there are also an API available. Oh, did I say it’s from the same Company as WordPress?
PaperRater is a small and quick tool to get a lot of insight into one’s text. Is based on Ginger so you will see some similarities based on that, but they offer some more useful functions too. They include insight on level and choice of vocabulary and for those who look back at school and grades with joy, your text will get a grade, from A to E.
Do you need to look up a word? I always go for Merriam-Webster and it’s dictionary. With over 150 years as a business, they have will have their dictionary-game down!
For developers, they actually offer a completely free API with upwards of 1000 queries per day.
While not technically a tool per say I must throw Fiverr into the mix. If you have any text that is either longer or of bigger importance a human actually reading and proofing should always be an option.
Starting at just a few dollars (5…) you can get as many as 6000 words proof-read. But be vary, quality and skill of your hired editor may vary so make sure you check out any reviews and go with the ones with a good reputation.
Slick Write is another tool that give you some other features that cannot be found in some of the other tools. Specifically you will find tools that help you structure and diversify your text. You get help to structure you text as in looking for long or complex sentences and large paragraphs with issues. You also get to know how varied you language and use of words are. Lastly, there are some nice tools to get statistics on information such as readability, word length, word types. All in all, a great tool to hone in on a text with a good flow for maximum enjoyment for any readers.
Looking for an alternative word? Theusarus.com will give you just that! One of the world’s biggest thesaurus always comes up with great suggestions that you can choose by relevance, length, and complexity. But not only that, you will also get suggestions on antonyms and other, not necessarily synonyms, alternative words.
Lastly, just to throw something different in there I recommend you always run your copy (own or say, guest bloggers) through Copyscape. Copyscape will help you find any duplicate and/or plagiarized content that has snuck its way in there, either by chance or on purpose. Don’t get caught in the Panda’s net!
Hopefully your text will improve with the help of these tools!
Did I forget any tool? Which ones do you use in your everyday life?
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