Not being a native English speaker, I have always feared that my English would make a native speaker’s ears or eyes bleed. Although I am doing my best to improve it, I will never have the freedom a native speaker does. But that doesn’t stop me from blogging and making a living from this. All while writing in English.
And in today’s article I will share with you 5 invaluable tools that help me get the most out of my articles. And make sure that they are as good as I can possibly make them. 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 the mistakes that I make – or at least the more common ones.
These tools help me catch any errors and ensure that over time, I will stop making them. So, without further ado, here are 5 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.
3. After the Deadline
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?
4. Slick Write
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.
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 (usually 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.