By Thomas DeVere Wolsey
It never fails. After I spend hours writing a blog post and hit publish, I find a grammatical error. Even though I wrote the post in Microsoft Word and ran all the spelling and grammar tools, some error or poor word choice worms its way into my text.
In a perfect world, I would have a professional editor or critical friend standing by to check everything I write. Nice but not practical! Fortunately, there is Grammarly, an essential writer’s tool. The Grammarly apps are ready to assist whenever I need them.
Grammarly offers a plugin, so it works seamlessly with Chrome or in Word. Since I almost always use a word processor instead of typing directly into the text field of my blogs, the plugins are very helpful. The plagiarism detection feature is very useful. Even though I wouldn’t deliberately use someone else’s words, at times some phrases that others have used creep into my writing. Grammarly helps me find such instances. Depending on how the phrase crept into my writing, I can either change the wording or cite the course. For novice writers who are not used to attributing sources, this can be a very helpful feature, as well.
Take a look at Grammarly’s suggestions for this blog post, below.
Grammarly notes repetitive words, clichés, and wordy phrases, too. I found that being able to make changes in the Grammarly app to be very useful, and then I can download the edited document to my computer.
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