Today let me share my experience with three grammar and writing style software that I use. Out of the three, two are free.
The Hemingway Editor app is named after Ernest Hemingway. Who doesn't like his simple yet deliberate writing? The app aims to assist the writers in creating similar tight and simple prose.
The app helps you to cut the dead weight from your prose and write with clarity. It highlights adverbs, passive voice, dull or complex words. It analyses the text and gives a readability grade. A grade 7 means that grade 7 students can understand it with ease.
The lower the readability, the easier it is to read and understand.
It doesn’t need internet and hence I can access it anywhere. There are options to format the text
The option to publish to Wordpress or Medium is available in the current version of the app. I can export it to word or other editors too. No more copying and pasting between the programs. There is also an option to email the text.
After editing the text for this blog using the app, I was able to lower the grade of this post from 7 to 4.
Grammarly app claims that it can check 250 types of grammatical, punctuation and spelling mistakes. There are two versions of it. The free online version and the paid version. The premium paid version subscription costs about $29 per month. It comes with advanced options to write better than the free version.
The free version checks basic grammatical errors, spelling errors (according to whether you have selected the UK or US version of English) and possibly incorrect word usages.
I use the free online version to correct my online writing errors. It also enables me to check texts for grammatical errors when pasted into the Grammarly document. It is quite effective and easy.
It can be incorporated into Chrome or Windows as required.
Microsoft word combines the effectiveness of both the Hemingway app and Grammarly and is hence my favorite grammar and styling tool.
It gives a readability quotient, checks for grammatical errors, spellings, fragments, clichés, colloquialisms, and punctuation errors. In order to avail this, we have to set the grammar check options correctly. If you tweak it properly, it becomes the best grammar software available.
How to enable grammar check in Word (version 2010-2013)?
- Click on MS office icon to display the Word Options tab.
- Click on word options and then select proofing. Check the proofing options you require.
- Select the grammar and style option in the popup window.
- Click on settings and check the options you want to enable. Click okay to save.
Ms word version 2016 doesn’t have the grammar and style option anymore. So, ensure that you buy a lower version not older than 2010. The best version is MS Word 2013 according to my experience.
During this A-Z April Challenge, I am exploring the A-Z journey of writing a Novel with examples from Literature.
The Letter of the day is G