Spann, from middle Georgia, Tweeted me this morning asking about a tool for checking grammar on emails. As of this morning, I was not very familiar with these tools. Being a grammar nut, I proudly say that I have not had to use this software. However, not everyone can be so lucky, I suppose. So, I went on a search to try out some different programs for some research.
I tried quite a few of them. Honestly, I was thoroughly disappointed in what I saw. I entered two basic sentences with four errors.
I went to the store yesterday with friend’s. it was a beautiful ady we had a good time.
- Friends should not contain an apostrophe, as it is plural and does not show possession.
- it should be capitalized.
- Day is misspelled.
- The second sentence is compound and needs some definition. i.e. coordinating conjunction, semicolon, etc.
The sites I went to all provided free, on the spot checks. There were some options for downloadable programs and paid services, but I did not opt to go that route. Reverso.net caught none of the errors. Grammarbase.com caught only the spelling error. Spellcheckplus.com caught only two of the mistakes- apostrophe and spelling. Grammarly.com picked up three of the four mistakes.
Microsoft programs come with grammar and spell check automatically. While it doesn’t catch everything, it is a good start. I don’t have a Mac, so I can’t vouch for what they have. After some research on that as well, the email function does come with a grammar and spell check function. Any input on that from Mac users would be welcome.
If you don’t still have your grammar textbook from high school or college, then here is a good resource. Her name is Jane Strauss. You can find her at http://www.grammarbook.com This site has a wealth of information for anything grammar related.
Let me know how it works out and if you have any luck.