This is a clever piece of software that was originally developed by a small and undefended team. You do need to have a fair amount of knowledge about the English language in order to use this tool, but the errors it picks up on are rather good. As per the allcorrect entry above, you can have spelling and grammar checkers that are broad and those that are specific. This is a specific one, which means it flags up a lot of potential errors that are not errors. But, it is also rather good at finding typos and word misuse. It gives you hints for when you should be using “or” instead of “nor” or if it thinks you have used the word “principle” instead of “principal.” This of course means that you get a lot of suggestions you do not need, such as capitalizing the word “May” every time you use it because the spelling and grammar checker thinks you may be saying the month instead of the verb. It is a free tool you can use.
This is the same spelling and grammar checker that appears on your Microsoft Word and Works word processors. It is not the world’s best spelling and grammar checker, but it does come as a companion with the software and there are worse things you could use. It is a good tool for preliminary scans of your work to catch the truly big errors (the ones with red lines under them). It does have numerous flaws though, such as if you want to add the word “blog” into the dictionary then it will still flag it as an error the next time you use the word processor because it is too similar to five other words. As mentioned previously, you do need some experience and knowledge of the English language in order to make full use of their spelling and grammar checker; do not accept every suggestion they offer because they are not all relevant or correct.
The good thing about this service is that it does not rely on you knowing the rules of written English with any level of intimacy. All you need to do is upload your written work and have somebody else check it for you. Instead of you having to search through the suggestions of a tool, it has real-life people check your work. It allows professionals to check your work with a higher degree of accuracy. A piece of software is unable to comprehend what you are writing about; it can only judge the quality of your writing by the patterns therein. In which case a piece of software must be very broad and allow lots of potential errors to slip, or very specific and produce hundreds of suggestions that are not needed. A piece of software is unable to determine if you meant to write “not” or “nor,” but an actual person is able to see if you made a typo and able to correct it. You can have a real and qualified person check your work at allcorrect.org.
It looks like another con website, and to an extent it could be labeled that if you use the “Ask a pro” section. But, if you use it as a free online spelling and grammar checker then it is worth a try. The tool gives you details on possible errors for things such as sentence length, grammar, overused words and many more. The trick is to remain using the free version and not paying for either a professional’s help or to “go pro” as both are not worth your money. Use the tool in its free form and you can check your work comfortably. You cannot gain access to all the features, such as plagiarism checker, without the pro version, but they are hardly factors that matter if you are just checking your work. Click on one of the links that has numbers attached on the results page (you will see them on the left). These will bring up your errors in the centre, where your error is explained and the piece of text responsible is highlighted.
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