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If you’re a blogger, author, or editor, you’d know some of the popular grammar and spell checking tools. I thought to write a blog post covering some of the top grammar checking tools that bloggers and writers use for checking grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.
These tools, however, do a great job with grammar checking and capturing spell mistakes but I always feel that one shouldn’t be relying 100% on these tools. What I did while using such tools was that I learned what they corrected in my writing, and over time, I tried not to repeat those mistakes.
I must say that sometimes these tools don’t highlight the mistakes, for example, if you want to say something but you mistakenly wrote a different word. It may not get highlighted because the other word won’t be incorrect, despite the fact that you don’t want to use that word.
For example, if you wanted to write a sentence:
“I said to him that this word isn’t acceptable.”
But you wrote:
“I said to him that this work isn’t acceptable.”
Did you see the difference?
Word and Work are different words, but such softwares may not identify the mistake. The reason is that the sentence may not be wrong even though it might change the meaning of the sentence.
Now, I’ve tested a few grammar checking tools so I might be able to help you out. However, I’d be transparent with you about the tools that I have already used or currently using.
Here are six grammar and spell checking tools that you may want to try out:
I have tested a few grammar checking tools, and by far, Grammarly is the best one. There are many reasons why Grammarly impressed me the most. Let’s start with the intelligence; they’ve built a pretty good software that detects your grammar and spelling errors. I did like the interface of this tool because it has a minimalist look which lets you focus on the written words rather than anything else.
Grammarly has both free and paid plans because the free version doesn’t provide a complete analysis, which means you always require to upgrade to the paid plan to find every error in your writing. The benefit, however, is that you get to fix your writing errors on a different level with a paid plan. I highly recommend using this tool as I have used both free and paid editions of this tool. Read the Grammarly review to get to know more about this grammar checking tool.
The second tool I tested after Grammarly was Ginger. I was surprised to see that it does work quite well. But the problem was that I didn’t use the paid version of this grammar checker so I couldn’t comment on that side of this tool. However, there are always restrictions in the free edition, which is why you have to upgrade to the paid plan.
Let’s come to the interface of Ginger. It didn’t impress me much; either it was the layout design or color scheme, but I didn’t feel comfortable while using it for a couple of days. That being said, I might be interested in using the paid plan in the near future. The reason is that SAAS companies keep rolling out new updates which often improve the UI/UX of the tools.
LanguageTool is a new grammar and spell-checking tool on the market. I haven’t heard much about this new tool, but it does look worth checking. They have browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox as well as add-ons for Google Docs and Microsoft Office. Plus, they have additional add-ons for many more softwares. They have both free and paid plans. The paid plan costs $59 per year, which is for students, authors, and freelancers.
Scribens is a free web-based grammar checking tool like all of them, but the difference is that you don’t need to create your account to use this online tool. However, they do have extensions for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, LibreOffice, Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Google Sheets, OpenOffice, Thunderbird, and more. The only thing that concerns me is that I haven’t had a chance to use this tool. So I can’t be more explicit about the quality, functionality, and accuracy of this grammar checking tool.
SpellCheckPlus is another free grammar and spell-checking tool. It doesn’t require the users to create an account either. All they need is to paste their text and press the button. I haven’t tested this tool yet. The reason this tool has made it to the list is that people are using it, which is why I found it in the first place. I don’t know how effective this tool is. So if you want to know more about it, give it a try.
WhiteSmoke is also a popular grammar and spelling checking tool. It has three plans which are as follows: Essential, Premium, and Business. Essential costs $79.08 per year, Premium is $119.88 per year, and Business is priced at $215.4 per year. If I would ever spend money on a grammar checking tool other than Grammarly, then it would be WhiteSmoke. The reason is that I heard a lot about this tool, but unfortunately, I haven’t tested it yet.
Folks, let me be honest with you all. You might want to pick a grammar and spell checking tool to improve your blogging or writing. But remember that it won’t be worth it if you don’t pay attention to what the software is fixing in your write-ups. A lot of people I know just use a grammar checker to post their content; they don’t seem to be interested in improving their writing.
I’ve used both free and paid versions of Grammarly. I can tell you from my experience that the paid version showed me so many mistakes in my writing that I won’t be able to notice otherwise. At the same time, I’d say that one shouldn’t rely too much on any free or paid grammar checking tool either. You must go through your content two or three times whether or not you use any grammar checking tool. And, it comes down to this: you must use these tools to improve your writing, not just your copy.
Grammarly helped me become a better writer than I was before because I paid attention to what was wrong in my writing, and I tried to fix it. It doesn’t matter how good or bad I am right now; what matters is that how much I’ve improved along the way.
Which one of these tools would you like to try out?