The content that you post on your blog should be grammatically correct for several reasons, with the two most important reasons being – it makes the reading experience infinitely better, leading to returning visitors and it results in being ranked higher on search engines, as search engine algorithms check the uniqueness as well as quality of the content.
Now, everyone will not have perfect English, and even if they do, everybody makes mistakes. Hence, there are a few tools that will come to your rescue and allow you to write an article that is grammatically correct, they are listed below:
Grammarly recently exploded into the market with some aggressive advertising strategies, which worked wonders for its popularity. However, it would be unfair to attribute all of Grammarly’s success to only marketing, as their grammar checking tool is accurate and helpful in correcting both basic and advanced errors in writing.
Some of the features that Grammarly offers are:
- Vocabulary suggestions that will help improve the overall quality of your writing.
- Customized checks for over 30 different document types such as college essays, blog posts etc.
- Accessible directly within Microsoft Word and Outlook.
- Comprehensive 250+ checks that include sentence structure errors and writing style concerns.
- Chrome and Firefox plugin to let you check your writing as you’re typing in a text box on any webpage.
- Plagiarism detector to compare your content against 8 billion websites to ensure that your content is completely unique.
They claim to have a whopping 7 million users, free and premium subscribers combined. Premium plans start at $11.99/month if billed annually, while monthly billing plans are priced in excess of double that amount ($26.99/month). The free version only checks for basic grammar errors and allows you to use their browser plugins to assist you in doing so.
OnlineCorrection takes a slightly different approach to correction, instead of providing a ton of bells and whistles, they provide a simple text box on their website. Users simply paste their content in, and the algorithm evaluates the content and spits out a report with a detailed analysis.
A few features that make OnlineCorrection one of the easiest-to-use and straightforward grammar tools are:
- Finds and highlights spelling errors.
- Highlights basic grammar mistakes.
- Offers suggestions for content improvement that may include vocabulary and sentence structure suggestions.
- Destruction of all content that you submit – within half an hour.
This tool is completely free to use and if you are looking for a quick run-down of your content, I highly recommend using this one. The plain and simple look of the website is misleading, as the underlying algorithm is powerful enough to detect all common errors you might have made.
What happens when you modernize the OnlineCorrection.com interface, add an informative blog with regular posts about writing and provide an excellent grammar checking tool that can be used without any setup? You get GrammarCheck.me.
Some advantages that GrammarCheck.me offers over its competitors are:
- Comprehensive grammar checks to all types of text, right on the webpage.
- Sentence structure improvements with suggestions that can be implemented with a couple of mouse clicks.
- Informative blog that is updated with posts that will help you become a better writer and make fewer mistakes.
- No storage of any content that you submit for checking, once you close the webpage or check another piece of content – the previous text is discarded.
GrammarCheck.me is completely free to use too and provides functionality that is helpful for a quick evaluation of your writing, similar to OnlineCorrection.com. The blog houses a wealth of information for new writers which will help improve the standard and quality of their work.
An open source tool that has been ported to various different platforms for the convenience of users, AfterTheDeadline.com is a powerful piece of software that is available to use on platforms that do not have support from other tools – even platforms such as Windows Live Writer or Confluence are supported.
A few features that make AfterTheDeadline.com unique are:
- Excellent algorithm that constantly evolves due to its open source nature, hence it will keep up and update faster than other tools in the market.
- Available in the form of browser plugins, native apps, WordPress plugins etc. ensure that wherever your content is hosted, all checking can be done from there, without any copy pasting effort.
- Offers suggestions to simplify hard to read and complex phrases.
- Provides advanced grammar and writing style checks to keep your content as free of errors as possible.
- Checks for commonly misused words in your content.
Being an open source software, it is free to use and modify under the LGPL license. Their developers page hosts instructions on how to contribute to the project if you have the skill set necessary to provide further value to the algorithm and squash any bugs that you encounter.
The only real competitor to the giant that Grammarly has transformed into, Ginger provides an experience that is similar to Grammarly’s. However, they don’t stop there, they have added a few features of their own that give them a slight edge over Grammarly in some departments.
Some highlights of their service are:
- A full featured editor, that you can use to create content. Hence, allowing you to correct your text as you type.
- Word prediction is built into their editor, saving you time and effort as you don’t need to type complete words.
- Numerous themes to mimic a work environment that you are most comfortable with.
- Advanced grammar checks to detect basic as well as advanced English errors.
- A sentence rephrase functionality that allows you to view different types of structures you can use for the same sentence; this helps build variety of sentence structures into your content.
- A text read-back function enables you to listen to your writing via audio.
Ginger is priced very reasonably, considering the huge quantity and quality of features they offer. Plans start at $7.40/month if billed annually to $14.60/month if billing monthly.
All the tools listed above do an excellent job of checking for errors and improving your writing. However, it is impossible for a software to detect all errors, most common of which would be logical or subjective errors. These tools are in no way a replacement for a professional proofreader and editor, especially when handling large pieces of text.