Grammar Checking Programs

Question: I’m looking for a grammar-checking program. Is there one you can recommend?

Answer: I seek the same thing!

I once signed up for a trial of grammarly.com. It’s a most impressive grammar checker.

The problem was that it was too sophisticated for me. It flagged many things to check, but I lacked the needed background to comprehend the issues. Many of their suggestions were beyond me. However, I recently took a fresh look at it, and it seems they’ve made it easier to use.

Regardless, the built-in grammar checker in Microsoft Word is a great place to start. Though this still requires the writer to decide which suggestions to accept and which ones to reject, it’s easier to manage. While this won’t catch everything, it covers the basics.

In my experience as a publication editor, most of the submissions I receive could benefit from doing this basic grammar check in Word before they submitted their work. It seems many people have turned off this option (I once did), and some don’t bother to run spell check either. Don’t make that mistake.

Learn more about writing and publishing in Peter’s upcoming book: The Successful Author: Discover the Art of Writing and Business of Publishing, available November 2019.

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