My blog for today is about grammar and punctuation. Yep, but hold on. I am not writing this to teach about the Grammar Language, but I am here to tell you how correct English influences an excellent blog.
When I started blogging, my key point is to be informative. And being informative is to be clear with your sentences so your readers would know what you are talking about and be able to relate to you quickly. Having a proper and correct grammar is a sign of professionalism, and it is an asset.
If you want to know more of why I decided to blog full-time, check out my Blog Post, Why I Decided to Blog Full-Time.
Honestly speaking, I am not a grammar expert, especially on punctuations. Sometimes, I am blinded by so many words on my blog and I don’t see typos (especially on some important words). And when I hit the Publish button, there goes the unexplainable mystery why I see a lot of wrongs.
Oh well… Anyway, there is such application called Grammarly . What’s so cool about Grammarly is that in not only enables to correct grammar mistakes but also improves your choice of words and style and checks plagiarism. Plagiarism? Oh yes! That is how Grammarly is so powerful but we will be dealing more of that later.
Basic Grammarly is free (forever). We will be talking more about the Premium version which has more amazing features.
Note: Grammarly is so generous that they offered me a free trial of their premium version. That is why I am here testing out its wonderful and extraordinary features. I have figured out some and I am so excited to share them with you.
This is the inside of the premium version of Grammarly. You can either upload your document you want to be checked or just click the “New” where you can copy-paste your document. You will also be given the choice to upload your document when you clicked the “New” button.
Here is one of my popular posts and I slightly varied them with wrong spellings, punctuations and all.
See those underlined words in red? Some are misspelled, have wrong use of preposition and have wrong punctuations. On the right hand side, you can see the suggested corrections.
At the right side of the suggested words, you can find 3 buttons: the plus sign, the drop-down arrow and the x sign.
The plus sign lets you add the word to your dictionary; the arrow down is the expand form and the x mark is if you wish to ignore the corrected suggestions. In order to make the necessary corrections, just hover on the emphasised word and click on it, letting Grammarly do all the work.
One of the pretty amazing functions of Grammarly is its ability to check words which have been repeated many times. Just like my example below, the word NORMALLY has been used in the text for more than a couple of times. In other words, it is overused. Grammarly suggests using synonyms for enhancements.
Earlier, I have mentioned that Grammarly has the capability to check any plagiarism in your text. Plagiarism is more of a copy-paste statement from an original document done in an illegal way. It is an act of stealing (and publicizing) someone else’s original thoughts or ideas and you as the copier gain the credits. Thanks again to Grammarly for the FYI on your part. At least you will know what to do when you encounter such. I have given an example below which is from one of my latest posts. I have taken the definition of Scrapbooking from Wikipedia. Grammarly tells it is an unoriginal test and shows the origin of the definition. (Nice!). In order to make things legal, of course, I have placed the source of the definition.
Grammarly is a very powerful tool to be used in writing. You can use it everywhere. You can use it in your resumes, online journaling, and in my case, I use it in my blogs. There are so many things you can do with Grammarly and the outcome? A better English. A better you.
Update: If you register now for the free account or upgrade to the Premium version, you might be chosen for their FREE 1-MONTH PREMIUM GIVEAWAY.