6 Ways to Spell and Grammar Check

These six tools are my favorites. They cover all the bases and can be used for a few blog posts. You’ll then find which one suits your style best. After narrowing down the options, you will only need one or two. These are just a few options.

Table of Contents hide 1: Grammarly2: Word Processors MS Word, LibreOffice and Google Docs3: WP SpellCheck Pro4: WebSpellChecker5: After the Deadline6: Spellchecker.netYour TurnRelated Articles

1: Grammarly

Grammarly is a well-known and highly-recommended online tool. It is one of the most advanced and detailed tools available. It can detect hundreds of possible grammar errors and spelling problems. It is very good at identifying misused homophones such as “they’re/there” or “to/two/too”. These are common problems that plague many people. Their engine can also scan your post’s context and suggest synonyms to improve your word choice. They don’t just suggest word alternatives. Instead, they consider context and topic to recommend better words. They don’t restrict themselves to one option; they offer you a half dozen options and reasons why they are options.

They don’t just correct your mistakes. They can also provide an explanation engine to show you the error and other examples. You can improve your writing with enough time.

Grammarly isn’t a tool you can copy and paste your content into to be checked. It’s an extension for your browser. It will activate your content and scan it automatically when you write or paste a post in the compose window of WordPress or Google Docs. You can also download a Microsoft Office plugin and a standalone Windows tool. They also offer a plagiarism checker, which will scan your content but not reveal the exact errors until you log in.

All three plugins, the addon and the plagiarism detector can be used for a limited time. There are 150 most common errors. However, there are 100 additional errors. The vocabulary enhancement and contextual checks can be accessed by purchasing a premium version. The premium version costs $30 per month or $12 per month if paid annually.

2: Word Processors (MS Word. LibreOffice. Google Docs).

Some prefer to create content in a word processor and then paste it into a blogging platform. This is fine. However, you need to ensure that you are using the correct settings in your word processor to get maximum results from your grammar and spelling checks.

A contextual engine, such as Grammarly’s, will help you check for correct and valid words, which is not something that Grammarly provides. Setting up this engine will vary depending on which program you use.

To use Microsoft Word, you’ll need to click on the File tab, click on the office button, and click on options. You can click Tools and then Option if you use an older version of Word-like 2003 or earlier. Click on the Proofing section to review the options and choose what Word should scan. You can set strict settings, and if there are things you don’t like being flagged, you can uncheck them.

Google Docs is not going to be easy. There aren’t many settings built into Google Docs. Instead, you will need to install an addon. Click the Add-ons tab, and search for grammar in that window. ProWritingAid and GradeProof are good options. Or you can go to Grammarly.

3: WP Spall Check Pro

There are a few options for those who prefer to write their content in WordPress. Although your browser may have spellcheck, it will not be able to do grammar. Grammarly is an option, but you can also use a WordPress plugin.

A WordPress plugin can scan both your existing and new content. You can then go back to correct any errors in your content.

WP Spell Check Pro offers a free version. It scans unlimited sites but only 500 pages and posts. The paid version scans 1,000 pages and posts but only for a few sites. The plugin costs $25 and includes a year’s worth of updates.

This plugin’s free version is limited in another way. That is why I recommend the pro version. It does not handle the title of pages, posts, tags, titles, descriptions or slugs. These are only available for paid versions. This tool is fine if you only need to scan your content and not your structure or meta information. You can pay more if you require it.

4: Web Spell Checker

This is Grammarly for simple mistakes. It doesn’t have a recommendation engine or other content. Although it’s very easy to set up, I don’t think I would recommend it over any other options. It can be considered an alternative to Spell Check Pro.

There are a few quirks to this plugin. It requires a connection with their server to access all their language support. It’s expensive, however. They charge $250 per annum for it. The pro version is required to place a banner ad on the site. You can’t afford the free version if you don’t intend to monetize them.

5: After the Deadline

You may want a web-based solution that allows you to paste text from anywhere and check for errors before fixing them in your master file after the Deadline works well in this situation. This website is a simple one with a box where you can paste your content. It flags spelling mistakes in red, grammatical suggestions in green, and style suggestions in blue.

It will also find false positives if the brand name is used. You will get style suggestions and sometimes spelling errors, but it will not find any false positives with brand names.

Additional tools are available if you’re able to carry them around. You can use their command-line interface, an addon for PHPBB forum software and a bookmarklet you can run anywhere. They also have addons to Chrome and Firefox for social networking, Open Office plugins, and WordPress. All of it is completely free and unlimited.

6: Spellchecker

Spellchecker.net, an alternative to the previous, has a stronger dictionary, grammar engine and additional thesaurus engines. It is similar to After the Deadline combined with Grammarly. Paste your text and choose from the advanced or basic scan.

The basic scan opens a window that includes three tabs: spelling, grammar, and thesaurus. Spelling displays standard spellcheck, with words and options. You can also change, skip or complete your check or change some options. It can be told to ignore domain names and words with numbers. You can also create a user dictionary. However, it is small and stored in a cookie, easy to lose.

 

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