Have you ever doubted yourself from posting a comment on your Facebook or Twitter because you think people might laugh at your grammar? That’s the reason why a FREE grammar checker, like Grammarly, is now becoming more popular, not only among laypeople but among the professionals as well.
What is this grammar checker anyway?
A grammar checker, for those who are not familiar with it, is a software or application used as a tool to check your usage of words, punctuation, spelling, tone, and yes, grammar. Most of the tools are free but if you want to polish your sentences and impress your boss or professor, you can subscribe for a premium service. The top 5 grammar checkers or writing assistants on my list include:
If you are a blogger or depending on your needs and what platform you use online, you can add Ginger, LanguageTool, and Jetpack. Each tool has pros and cons, and you know that, especially if you are a writer or editor like me who has a better grasp of the language than the average. Try all of them to see where you are more comfortable with. For me, I give my bias with Grammarly. I’ve been using it for almost three years now starting from my previous writing job until today with my copy editing.
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The evolution of Grammarly Editor.
If Google is a friend to all of us who are into online research, Grammarly is the best friend of most writers and editors, at least to those I know. I’ve already written about it and other online tools before. What I’m going to share with you today are the updates they have created to make our writing experience better.
When I first subscribe to the writing assistant tool, it looks like the one you see below.
If you’ll sign up today, the appearance is similar to this.
And if you are a regular user who has seen the transitions, expect to see the one like this.
The last image is the updated feature of Grammarly, which I’m going to discuss further. I can’t show you the premium features yet.
Grammarly updated features.
In the 3rd quarter of 2019, Grammarly has made two big updates: The Four Feedback Categories and The Rich Text Formatting.
The Four Feedback Categories
The feedback categories are on the right side of the tool, namely: Correctness, Clarity, Engagement, and Delivery. Similar to what we already know from word processors, Grammarly is also using colorful underlines that correspond to the feedback. The red (Correctness) is underlining the errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. The blue (Clarity) is checking the conciseness and readability of the sentence. The green (Engagement) is highlighting the choice of words that need improvement. The purple (Delivery) is marking words that can be toned down for a more polite and formal message. The first two categories are present in the free subscription and the other two are available through Grammarly Premium.
The Rich Text Formatting
This is the newest addition of the Free Grammarly Editor found at the bottom of the platform. Similar to Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and WPS Writer, Grammarly already includes rich text formatting, such as bold, italic, and bulleted lists. The most useful feature for me, who is a non-techie blogger, is the H1 and H2 hallmarks. These highlights made my encoding with WordPress Editor easier since I don’t already need to enter the HTML command <h2></h2>.
Moreover, you can customize the feedback that Grammarly will give you depending on the audience, formality, domain, tone, and intent. If you also need to link a certain word or phrase, you can already do so.
You can install Grammarly as a browser add-on for Google Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. A mobile application is also available for you to enjoy the service anytime, anywhere with your portable device.
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An honest writer and editor will admit the fact that there are possibilities of committing errors because of overlooking some important lines in a sentence or paragraph. Hence, the significance of using a grammar checker. With writing assistant tools, you can now be more confident in your essays, emails, blogs, tweets, and posts. Albeit, a machine is more powerful when you combine it with the sharp eyes of a human editor. They are your indispensable partners in creating a crisp, concise, and professional writing.