Top Free Grammar Checkers

Kesi Parker
Dec 4, 2018 · 4 min read

FAQ on Technical Writing

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Recently I’ve published the article called ‘Grammar Books for Technical Writers’ where I’ve told how it’s important to write documentation correctly and mentioned great books on grammar and punctuation that will upgrade your skills. Today’s article is about grammar checkers because mistakes and typos are unacceptable — documentation should be clear.

Usually, this happens because of inattention — we are all people and this situation can happen even with experienced tech writers. So, let’s see what can help you.

Scribens

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Scribens corrects over 250 types of common grammar and spelling mistakes, including verbs, nouns, pronouns, prepositions, homonyms, punctuation, typography, and more.

Online corrections accompanied by explanations in order to help the user improve his or her English writing skills.

Scribens detects stylistic elements such as repetitions, run-on sentences, redundancies, and more. It even suggests synonyms for every word.

It also provides highly detailed statistics on your texts, such as word, sentence, and paragraph count as well as a readability indicator, etc.

Scribens provides definitions, conjugations, and synonyms with an accompanying dictionary and thesaurus.

Pros:

  • It’s free.

Grammarly

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Grammarly scans your text for common and complex grammatical mistakes, spanning everything from subject-verb agreement to article use to modifier placement. Grammarly isn’t just a safety net. You’ll get detailed explanations for all your mistakes and weekly progress reports to keep you on the ball.

Pros:

  • It has a Chrome extension that will help you write mistake-free on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and nearly anywhere else you write on the web.

Ginger Grammar Checker

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The Ginger Grammar Checker helps you write better English and efficiently corrects texts. Based on the context of complete sentences, Ginger Grammar Checker uses patent-pending technology to correct grammar mistakes, spelling mistakes, and misused words, with unmatched accuracy. Ginger’s grammar check software improves your text just like a human reviewer would.

Pros:

  • It’s easy to use

Cons:

  • The amount of characters is limited

Reverso Speller

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This tool enables you to correct the most cumbersome mistakes, with a high degree of accuracy and speed, and to improve your written English.

When several corrections are possible, you are prompted to choose one of them. There are cases when mistakes are skipped in order to limit the display of warnings or when the suggested corrections are not perfectly adapted to the context. Therefore, Reverso team advises you not to rely exclusively on the results delivered by their tool and to review the text yourself after the correction. To improve your English spelling, you can also consult their online grammar module.

Pros:

  • It’s free

Cons:

  • The maximum allowed size of a text is 600 characters

Grammar.com

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This tool has all you need: just copy and paste your text and it will show you typos, mistakes, and suggestions on how you can edit it and provides you with grammar rules.

Pros:

  • It’s free.

All these tools are great but don’t rely only on them, you also should check a text yourself. In order to make it more effective, follow this link: ‘Proofreading Tips for Technical Writers’.

What grammar checker can you recommend?

How did I become a technical writer? What skills do you need? Read FAQ on Technical Writing.

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