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Grammar Check Tool for Email

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.

  1. Friends should not contain an apostrophe, as it is plural and does not show possession.  
  2. it should be capitalized.
  3. Day is misspelled.
  4. 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.

-O

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Posted by on March 23, 2013 in Writing

 

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Apostrophe Placement/Grammar Rant

This is my first grammar rant via blog post. Surely, more are to follow. I just can’t take it anymore.

My friend Jo named me an official grammar deputy some years ago. She and I are cut of the same cloth when it comes to grammar. We constantly encounter red flags of misuse in the English language. Nails on a chalkboard, if you will. Today’s red flags come with the use of apostrophes in the wrong places. I see the misuse everywhere these days. People are always showing plurality with use of an apostrophe. Apostrophes are used for two things: to show possession and to make a contraction.

I just came across a blog that was riddled with grammatical errors! For chrissake, if you are going to be a writer, make it right! Her apostrophes were in the wrong places, spelling errors galore, and improper usage of a/an. ( I truly wanted to link to her site on here, but I’ve decided not to be rude and call her out to the world. ) Just because you hear someone else say something, it doesn’t make it right. Is grammar even taught in school anymore? Mistakes are everywhere! I see them on blogs, Facebook, emails, speech, and the list goes on.

Here is a link to today’s grammar lesson: Jane Strauss has it together. http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/apostro.asp Read her material and learn.

Share with others! Sound and look educated! Make the world a better place.

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2013 in Writing

 

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