The most common problem faced by non-native English speakers is the grammar part of English.
This is also true for me, as I’m not a native English speaker, and I tend to make lots of common grammatical errors in my writing.
A few days back, I hired a proof-reader to find grammatical mistakes in my written articles, and I was awestruck when I discovered all of the silly errors I was making. Since then, I’ve been trying my best to learn and polish my writing skills.
I know it will take time, but I’m doing my best to work on it.
FYI: Hiring a proof-reader is not cheap; you will end up paying a significant amount of money. Either hire a full-time editor or work on improving your English.
I have been learning and trying to get rid of the common English errors I make.
Some of the more common ones are:
- Then vs. Than
- There vs. Their vs. They’re
- Space after comma (Required)
- Space before comma (Never required)
- Complex sentence structure
In this article, I have compiled a list of online tools that we can use to check our English grammar and make our written posts better.
Online tools that help in improving English grammar:
If you already know that your grammar is not that great, and you are motivated to work on it, you will surely get better in no time.
One of my blogger friends, Himanshu, read a few grammar books and took the help of tools like Grammarly to find grammatical errors. He improved his writing very quickly.
The problem with us (who have crossed adolescence) is to first unlearn, and then we can start to learn new stuff. Moreover, we constantly need someone (or something) to correct our mistakes.
1. Use Grammarly
This is one tool that you should start using right away.
This is the best online grammar checker tool I have seen come out in the past few years. I have been using Grammarly for months, and I’m constantly impressed with the quality of suggestions it offers.
It tells me why a particular word, punctuation mark, or even comma is wrong. This helps me learn about the common grammatical mistakes I keep making.
It’s something that you should start using right now.
2. Keep (and maintain) a notebook
Another strategy that I follow is writing down all of the common mistakes I make, along with pointers that remind me how to correct them.
My notebook also helps me by looking back at the errors I used to make so I can see my progress.
I often spend time with my English-major friend, and I take her help in improving my writing. I suggest you look around and find a friend or a tutor who can help you, too. It may take several weeks of effort, but it will be helpful all throughout the rest of your life.
3. Take online grammar tests
If you enjoy learning online, I recommend you start taking online grammar tests. They will instantly show you your “grammar score”, and you will know what areas you need to work on.
You can use this free online tool for some grammar exercises.
4. Use After the Deadline
This is one of my favorite tools to check for grammatical errors on the fly.
It offers various ways to integrate with your blog (including a WordPress plugin).
After the Deadline is owned by Automattic, which is the company behind WordPress. Though it’s not as good as Grammarly, for the price tag of $0, you shouldn’t mind giving it a shot.
If you are using the two tools that I’ve mentioned above, you shouldn’t need this one. But it’s always good to add another useful tool to your list.
How Do You Fix Your Grammatical Errors?
What methods are you following to improve your English grammar and fix your grammar mistakes? Do share your tips and techniques that are working for you.
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