Checking Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

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I have been writing articles, however I am starting to notice that Microsoft Word is not as good as I thought in detecting errors in spellin, punctuation and especially grammar.

Are there any free tools that are good on the Internet that you guys could recommend in me using.

Please advise.

Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author phantom47c
    If Word isn't as efficient as you'd want it to be, hire or ask someone else to do it for you. I don't think there are tools that will make much difference compared to Word. I heard a saying a while back, perhaps here, on this forum, something that is more than appropriate in your case: if the computer didn't write it, the computer can't edit it. Don't base something as important as proofreading only on computerized tools. Use real people instead.
  • Profile picture of the author ChrisMcDonald
    Originally Posted by Player87 View Post

    I have been writing articles, however I am starting to notice that Microsoft Word is not as good as I thought in detecting errors in spellin, punctuation and especially grammar.

    Are there any free tools that are good on the Internet that you guys could recommend in me using.

    Please advise.

    Thanks!
    Hello,

    Yesterday I took on a gig for doing this exact same thing for a fellow warrior. He paid me and I submitted my report to him, so am just waiting for his feedback. I am looking to offer my services in this area, so feel free to PM me your email address (can't reply to PM's yet) and I will be able to help you.

    I believe there is definite scope to do this for IM enthusiasts.


    Chris
  • Profile picture of the author Charlotte Jay
    Is English your first language? If not I would hire a proofreader for a few bucks.
  • Profile picture of the author redrabbitt67
    No free tool is going to replace improving your writing skills by simply doing more writing and learning. Microsoft Word checker will catch some obvious errors but do not rely on it.

    Pick up a copy of "The Elements of Style" by Strunk and White. It's a fundamental writing manual and has answers for a lot of situations.

    Subscribe to this link, Daily Writing Tips, to receive very useful tips every day.
  • Profile picture of the author Amanda Craven
    Great tips from cosmokid and Jim - nothing can replace reading through your own work with a guide next to you/open in another window and carefully checking and re-checking until you are sure it's perfect.

    This applies especially if you are writing for other people - I admit I am obsessive but I cringe at the thought of supplying something that contains a mistake. It's simply not professional.
    • Profile picture of the author SamirSM
      Originally Posted by Amanda Craven View Post

      Great tips from cosmokid and Jim - nothing can replace reading through your own work with a guide next to you/open in another window and carefully checking and re-checking until you are sure it's perfect.

      This applies especially if you are writing for other people - I admit I am obsessive but I cringe at the thought of supplying something that contains a mistake. It's simply not professional.

      Well I might be suffering from OCD (had some similar symptoms too :p)

      but I cringe at the thought of even others making a mistake!

      That compulsion to make things right has always helped me with rapid writing, re-writing, proofreading and everything in general.
  • Profile picture of the author wendymay1
    I have tried a free service http://www.paperrater.com. It seems to be ok with my articles.

    However in saying that, I would probably hire a proof reader who has many years of experience.
    I rang a proof reader yesterday who is happy to write my articles for $25.00 per hour.
    • Profile picture of the author ChrisMcDonald
      Originally Posted by wendymay1 View Post

      I have tried a free service http://www.paperrater.com. It seems to be ok with my articles.

      However in saying that, I would probably hire a proof reader who has many years of experience.
      I rang a proof reader yesterday who is happy to write my articles for $25.00 per hour.
      Is that a price that people pay? I've been pitching at about half that I think
  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    You shouldn't really need to rely on an application to check your grammar or spelling. As everyone else has suggested, I recommend hiring a proofreader if you're having a hard time.
  • Profile picture of the author DeborahDera
    I have found that most of the things Word can't/doesn't pick up on are things you should be able to pick up on with a proofread.

    That said, it is usually best to wait a few hours (or a day, if you have it) to go over a piece you've just worked on. You'll usually be able to find blatant errors, word misuse, etc.

    If you doubt your own skills, than I'd go with the other suggestions of hiring someone to proofread your work for you.

    Originally Posted by Player87 View Post

    I have been writing articles, however I am starting to notice that Microsoft Word is not as good as I thought in detecting errors in spellin, punctuation and especially grammar.

    Are there any free tools that are good on the Internet that you guys could recommend in me using.

    Please advise.

    Thanks!
  • Profile picture of the author Jacqueline Smith
    I agree with everyone else......a program is only going to pick up so much. If you're not confident in your own spelling and grammar skills, have someone else do it for you.
  • Profile picture of the author ganesh
    I would suggest you to try English Grammar Software. Check Grammar, Edit & Enhance your Texts using our Writing & Translation tools | World-Leading Language Solutions by WhiteSmoke. This is not an affiliate link. It is possibly the best grammar and spell check software available in the market today. It is not free but not expensive either. You may try out the trial version before paying a proof reader.
    • Profile picture of the author onlinemarket01
      Majority suggest that you hire a proofreader if you have doubt with your grammar and spelling check, I also go for it..less hassle, less thinking, less effort. Honestly, I also have problem with it.
  • Profile picture of the author Claire Sharp
    There are tools that can correct you spelling and grammar. I tried one but i am not satisfied with it. So i hired a writer and at the same time a proofreader. Ideally, he did it very well. Why not hire someone who can do it for you.
  • Profile picture of the author abigailmarketing
    You may try WhiteSmoke Grammar Check, Punctuation Invaders, Atomicrobot Spelling Checker, etc. But you may also try improving your writing skills, practice makes perfect.
  • Profile picture of the author ecoverbox
    Originally Posted by Greg Wildermuth View Post

    If English is your first language and you're a writer, you probably just need to skim. Spellcheck doesn't always pick up stuff like "they're" and "their," but a good quick read after you're done writing will.

    If you're writing stuff that's more complex and requires serious proofreading, I recommend setting it aside for a few hours (overnight is better) and then reading it with fresh eyes. You'll really be able to improve it that way.

    And if all else fails, hire a proofreader.
    I agree. MS Word's spelling and grammar check has little quirks like not being able to differentiate between the proper use of its and it's or as mentioned, they're and their. Hiring a good proofreader's definitely worth it especially if you have lengthy articles to edit.
  • Profile picture of the author 4Frankie
    With using word I find it finds most things, or I use it to check on a sentence Im not sure sounds right. I agree that writing your article and leaving it until the next day - lots of things can show up, especially if money is in a bit of short supply.
  • Profile picture of the author christina ward
    I agree with everyone else, if you can afford it then you would do good with hiring a proofreader, but 25.00 an hr sounds kind of steep. I know I can't afford that right now, I just type the word in Google if I think it's misspelled.

    Thanks
    Christina
  • Profile picture of the author Henry White
    Spellcheckers generally do an excellent job - as long as the word they are checking is the correct homonym.

    If you put a little distance between the writing and the proofreading you'll do a much better job. If you rush into it, your short-term memory will be very vivid and subconsciously bypass what you actually wrote, and tend to read on what you intended to write. A day or two will radically improve your proofreading. Unless the errors jump off the page and grab you by the throat, outsource this stage - but only to someone who is truly competent, and going to provide more service than charging you to run it through their spellchecker and the top two or three dozen most common errors in grammar and usage.
  • Profile picture of the author I.M.Retired
    I sometimes use: Check Spelling, Style, and Grammar with After the Deadline

    Main page is at: http://afterthedeadline.com/

    It doesn't catch everything, so you do have to be careful.

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