Day 101 Grammar Gone Wild


Checking for proper grammar is part of my job description as an English teacher.  It’s not necessarily one of my favorite parts of evaluating students’ assignments, but fortunately computers have aided in monitoring for possible grammatical errors.  Common grammar questions are:  Is it me or I?  Does this word require a preposition after it? How does affect differ from effect?

Students could reference a grammar book or conduct a basic Google search, but it’s even easier.  Most grammar checkers are a built in feature in Microsoft Word software.  Microsoft Word will underline grammar errors with a green squiggly line and spelling errors in red, calling attention to proofreading and corrections.

And there’s Grammarly, an online service that checks for all types of grammar errors and even can detect plagiarism.  According to their website:

Grammarly makes you a better writer by finding and correcting up to 10 times more
mistakes than your word processor.

  • Grammarly helps you write mistake-free on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and nearly anywhere else you write on the web.
  • Grammarly’s powerful grammar checking algorithms are developed by the world’s leading authorities on linguistic technology.
  • Words can make an impact, or they can fall flat. Enhance your sentences with Grammarly’s context-optimized word choice suggestions to instantly improve the readability of your document.
  • Grammarly scans your text for proper use of more than 250 advanced grammar rules, spanning everything from subject-verb agreement to article use to modifier placement.
  • Correctly spelled words used in the wrong context mean embarrassing mistakes for you. Grammarly spots erroneous use of lose/loose, affect/effect, lie/lay, there/their/they’re, and many other commonly confused words.

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