Grammar is the bane of many writers, let’s get it sorted.
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As I start off this blog post, I am reminded of an episode of The Simpsons. Homer gets fed up with the Bin companies, becomes sanitation commissioner and makes it his mission to do more for the people of Springfield. He wants the Bin Men to be as helpful as possible and that is where the amazing slogan “Can’t someone else do it?” is born.
I feel the same way about grammar, I really do.
It really annoys me when I set out to write, that I am probably making lots of mistakes. I probably structure sentences wrong, I overuse the comma and exclamation points. It really takes away from my blogging and my first draft (in progress) is surely suffering for it.
I decided enough was enough and then I let Grammarly into my life! It has taken so much pressure off my writing. I can now just relax and enjoy it again, instead of feeling like I need to edit, edit, edit. It really made me feel like writing was a chore when I realised that “readability” was so important in blogging, especially. Posts I have grammar checked with Grammarly have honestly performed so much better than ones without its help.
A resource this genuinely helpful doesn’t come around often, let me tell you!
If you check out Grammarly’s Grammar Checker, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what they offer. If you want some basic Grammar help, at no cost to you, you can get the Chrome Extension here (and it’s FREE). If you’re studying in college, writing for work or trying to a write a book like me, you can subscribe to one of their premium plans! These plans are very well priced and offer much more protection, as well as a plagiarism checker. Checking for plagiarism is something invaluable for those studying, you can rest easy knowing you aren’t unintentionally copying someone else’s work on the web.
But, now that we have the price talk out of the way, let’s talk about how your grammar can really be helped.
It’s or its
This one really confuses me, and I’m sure many other people. I’m forever getting them mixed up. Grammarly sits right at the bottom of my blog post editor screen and lets me know when I’ve made a boo-boo. Best of all, by hovering over the mistake it will let you fix it! You don’t need to scramble to work out what you need to fix the mistake, it has all of that worked out for you.
It’s hard to believe this is what you get for free. That’s why I’ve been so thrilled with it. It’s rare that there are many services out there with helping people in mind and doling out as much as possible, at no cost to you.
This is the Grammarly app. Here, you can use your login for importing documents that need to be checked. I’ve downloaded the Windows App for easier access. Checked work looks like this:
This would be really helpful, especially if you want to write something and edit afterwards! Hover over red or orange lines and work from there. Remember, the premium version does offer deeper grammar expertise. Do consider upgrading to premium if you’re work requires even extra grammar boosting.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to set your writing language. By default, it will be set to American English – I use British English!
Let’s not procrastinate any longer. The world needs our words, our well-written words. Your lecturer needs your words, your boss does. Come across as a pro and impress the reader. You can write well, even if you have no idea how – just as long as you have the right help. Change the way you think about grammar, become a better writer. That’s what it’s all about.
If you found this post helpful, let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you.
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