Today I want to share with you a free proofreading tool that helps me improve my English writing skills.
If you read my blog frequently, you probably know that I’m from Romania and English is not my native language.
Even though I write all the posts on my blog in English and I use English in my everyday business activities, there are still cases when I make mistakes or write phrases that might not have too much sense for a native English speaker.
While some non-native English speakers might be discouraged to start a blog with an international target audience if English is not their primary language, I’ve always tried to get over this barrier. I know my English is not perfect, and writing is clearly not my strong point, but still, a big part of my online success so far was due to blogging.
To be honest is not very easy for me to write in English since I don’t speak it on my day by day life. The language spoken in my country is the Romanian language, and I don’t have the chance to speak English very often here.
Not being a native English speaker increases the time allocated for writing a blog post and it would surely take me much less time to write the posts in my native language.
However, the reason why I chose to write my in English is that having a blog in an international language will open you a lot more opportunities, as well as the possibility of getting more traffic. The only disadvantage is that it takes me more time to write my blog posts and very often the post may contain bad grammar or phrases that don’t have too much sense for some of my native English readers.
Anyways, today I want to share with you a free proofreading tool that helps me to improve the quality of my grammar and my overall English writing skills.
This tool is called Grammarly and I have only words of praise for this service.
No, I’m not an affiliate of this tool, and I’m not here to sell it to you. I only want to recommend it to you since has helped me a lot to cut the time assigned to the post proofreading and improved my English writing skills.
Grammarly is a proofreading and writing improvement tool. It comes in two versions; a free version and a paid version. The free one it’s excellent, but the paid version worth all the money, especially if you are a blogger who’s native language is not English.
I used the free version for some time, but since the paid one had some additional features, I’ve upgraded to the premium version and paid for a full year. There was also an active promotion at the time I’ve upgraded my account, and I paid a bit over the half of the regular price. Nevertheless, even without the discount, the premium version is well worth the money in my opinion.
Even though the primary purpose of Grammarly is proofreading, it also has a few other features that will help you to write better content and speed up your workflow.
Some of the additional features are only available as a premium user, but I still find the free version to be very helpful.
Below are listed Grammarly’s most powerful features.
Grammarly highlights your writing errors and will suggest you the correct form of the misspelled word. The correction process is extremely simple and once you find a highlighted word, you just need to move the mouse cursor over it and click the correct suggestion given by Grammarly.
Very often I tend to add a comma where it’s not necessary or forget to add it. It also happens to me to forget to add a punctuation mark and so on.
Fortunately, Grammarly is always watching and notifies me about my mistakes.
Corrects incorrect verb tenses
When you are a non-native English speaker, it will often happen to you to use a verb tense that may not be the most suitable for a phrase. Again, Grammarly will notice that and give you the correct tense.
Have you used a particular word multiple times in a row and your phrase looks awful? Don’t worry; Grammarly is here to help you.
In Grammarly’s editor, double-click on the word you want to find a synonym for and Grammarly will give you a list of words with similar meanings.
Teaches you what’s wrong
Another very nice feature is that Grammarly will also explain to you what is not correct. Under every error, there is a short explanation why your writing is not right and how you can avoid the mistake again next time.
There are even more features, but I won’t go through all of them.
How To Install Grammarly?
Grammarly comes in 3 app types.
1) Grammarly extension for Google Chrome
After you install it, Grammarly will be added to the online forms right in your web browser and will instantly notify you if you make grammar mistakes, spell errors and for poor vocabulary usage. When active, you should see a little icon in the bottom-right side of the form you’re writing in.
When the icon is green, it means that Grammarly considers your writing to be correct.
If Grammarly has some suggestions that can improve your writing, the icon will be yellow and will display the number of possible improvements. Sometimes, your phrase might have more sense than what Grammarly suggests you, so it’s not mandatory to write everything the way Grammarly suggests.
When some major writing mistakes are found, the icon will turn to red, and it will display the number of errors found.
2) Grammarly for Windows
If you don’t want Grammarly installed directly to your web browser or if you don’t want to use Google Chrome, you can install the Windows version. Grammarly will be then installed as a Windows app. Or, you can directly go to grammarly.com, log in to your account, go to “My Grammarly” menu and you will have access to the same editor online, without the need to install it for Windows.
After you open the App, you will be required to log in to your grammarly.com account.
Once inside, you can create new documents or import a document to be checked with Grammarly.
3) Grammarly for Microsoft Office
If you have the Microsoft Office pack, you can add Grammarly’s functionality to the programs in the Office pack. Even though Microsoft Word has a built-in spell checker, Grammarly is much powerful.
Grammarly is truly the world’s best proofreading and writing improvement tool and is helping me a lot to write better content, with fewer mistakes and reduces my overall working time.
Even if Grammarly it’s awesome, it’s impossible to be 100% accurate all the time and sometimes it won’t find all the bad phrases.
Therefore, even it’s a great tool which I gladly recommend to all the writers and bloggers out there, it still cannot do wonders for the people who don’t have at least the basic knowledge of the English writing rules.