I don’t know about you. But, I as a NON-Native English speaker and writer do make lots of English grammar mistakes.
I use the English language in writing more than in speaking. So, having a good skill set of writing error-free articles is essential and I should practice them to grow my business at a rapid pace.
Like every non-English writer, I too face the same problems when writing an article, sending an email message and filling out a business form.
I know that it is also a big headache for many native English speakers too.
What is it?
…making lots of common grammar mistakes.
Yes, I make tons of grammar, punctuation and spelling errors on each article I write. But, I have found a few ways to get rid of my improper English grammar and correct my grammar mistakes.
Three Ways to Check and Correct English Grammatical Errors Online
After you have written an article, there are mainly three ways to proofread your article and make it reasonably an error-free one.
- Proofread yourself
- Hire a freelancer
- Use an online English Grammar checker tool
This method is the cheapest and most commonly used method by many article writers, copywriters, poets, scriptwriters etc. If you know English grammar rules, punctuation marks, synonyms, and Dictionary & treasures well, you can go with this method. There’s no problem with that.
The person who proofreads the article is YOU. So, even though this method looks like the cheapest and best method out there, over time when you really understand the meaning of “time is equivalent to money” sentence, you would start not using this method so often.
I used to be using this method in the past to proofread my articles for the English grammar check. But, what I understood over time is that I still couldn’t correct 100% of punctuation and grammar mistakes on those articles. I found many errors in every time I proofread the article again!
How did that happen?
As a human, I get tired and don’t know everything about the English language (e.g: synonyms, antonyms, complex words, sentence structures etc.). And my blog posts include over 3,000 words on average. That’s a big amount of words for a blog post, right?
That’s why I understood this method is not efficient for me. It took 50% of the all-time that it takes to compile a blog post.
Guess what if you can save that time?
Yes, you can focus on more aspects.
If you have a good knowledge of the English language, you can proofread articles yourself and save money that could spend for another.
Hire a freelancer
The second method is to hire a freelance proofreader who can do the work for you.
There are lots of freelancers in freelance marketplaces such as Freelancer.com, Guru.com, Upwork.com.
You can go to any website out there and find a good English article proofreader who can check your content and correct grammatical errors.
Here are a few proofreaders who are currently selling their services on Freelancer.
Tip: Always check for reviews before hiring someone to correct English grammar.
But, I can’t give a guarantee How much those freelancers are experienced in English literature and the quality of service.
Tip: In Fiverr, always check out negative reviews. Personally, I read negative reviews first and then positive reviews.
Use Online Grammar Checker tools to Proofread your article
This is the third option you have to check for grammatical errors and fix them.
In the above two methods, humans involved in proofreading and editing work of article. But, there are also several good online grammar and punctuation checker tools too.
To proofread articles, many medium-sized and especially small businesses use those online proofreading tools.
I personally use Grammarly grammar checker and it has given me amazing results so far. Not only in correcting English grammar errors, but also in improving my English language too.
There are a few reasons why I use Grammarly and recommend others to use it.
- Instantly find and fix over 250 types of grammatical mistakes online.
- Improve word choice with context-optimized vocabulary suggestions.
- Check contextual spelling in a matter of seconds.
- Check punctuation, comma errors and sentence errors instantly.
- The convenient and handy interface. (you’re gonna to love this dashboard!)
- And much more…
As a blogger, I write a few couples of articles per month. And reply to tens of emails, comments and respond to forum threads a few times per week.
In all those times, I face a particular BIG problem; making grammatical mistakes.
I can’t hire someone to proofread every blog post I write at this time. It consumes lots of money and, of course, the time too.
That’s why I use Grammarly English grammar checker to correct English grammar on my articles automatically.
If you want to learn how to correct English grammar online at low cost, then Grammarly should be your best choice.
How to Use Grammarly to Find and Correct Grammatical Mistakes in Your Articles
There are three ways you can use Grammarly robust proofreader for English grammar correction. Here’re them,
- Use the online text editor
- Use Browser extension to correct grammar, punctuation and sentence errors in any place you visit.
- Use Microsoft Word Add-in as an alternative grammar corrector for causal MS Word grammar checker.
Using Online Text Editor
As an online grammar corrector, Grammarly offers a few convenient tools to proofread your articles. Their online text editor tool is the best one you can ever found on the internet.
Here’s the step-by-step guide on how to correct English grammar mistakes using Grammarly text editor.
Step #1: Go to Grammarly over here and sign up for a free account (or you can subscribe to one of their premium packages. It’s optional, but I highly recommend it. You’d never regret by doing that.)
Step #2: I have a Grammarly premium account. So, here’s the Interface of my Grammarly account dashboard.
Step #3: Click on “New” document icon to open a new blank document page.
Step #4: You have two options to add text into the editor. You can paste piece of text directly into text editor by using the CTRL + C (copy), CTRL + V (paste) keyboard shortcut keys or upload a .doc, .docx file using “Upload” option.
Step #5: Once you uploaded any article to check English grammar quality of your article, you can see it starts looking for any grammatical error.
If you want to check plagiarism (find duplicate content), you can enable the “Plagiarism” feature too.
I use Grammarly online tool to proofread my blog posts, articles, whitepapers, and essays whenever I want.
Using Web Browser Extension to check English grammar on the web
In spite of being a full-time blogger, I also a big follower of web forums, Q&A sites. Yes, I also a big fan of social networking. That’s why I am active on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.
As a blogger, I know that every word I post on the internet get the traction of thousands of people, if not, catch the eye of thousands of people in every day regardless of where content has posted. (blogs, blog comments, Twitter, Facebook, Internet forums)
Luckily, Grammarly also provides web browser extension for people to get rid of dangerous English grammatical mistakes online.
In fact, Grammarly has made English grammar correction so easy.
The first step is to install the Grammarly extension for Google Chrome. (or you can install Grammarly extension on your Firefox or Safari browser.)
Once you installed it and signed into your Grammarly account, there’s no limit checking grammar online.
You can check and correct English grammar mistakes on social media sites such as Twitter too.
Check and correct critical and advanced grammar issues of your blog posts.
If you have a WordPress blog, you’re not alone. Grammarly is always with you looking for identifying any grammar issue.
Using Grammarly Add-in for Microsoft Office Suite
Do you use Microsoft Office package so often for your business affairs or personal affairs? So then, you should test using Grammarly Add-in for Microsoft Word as an alternative English grammar correction tool for default grammar checker in MS Word program.
You can download the Grammarly Add-in directly by logging into your Grammarly account.
The installation process of Add-in is so straightforward. It’s like running a normal execution file.
After you installed it, you can see there’s a new tab named as “Grammarly” in your Microsoft Word program. Click on it and enable the “Grammarly” on Word.
You can enable and disable any feature just like in Online Text editor.
English grammatical errors is a critical issue many writers face regardless of they are non-native or native English speakers.
There are three ways to check for English grammar errors online. Proofreading articles yourself is the best free method out there. But, it is not the most efficient method to use.
Hiring a professional freelance proofreader probably be the best method out there. But, it could cost you a few hundreds of dollars per article. You may not afford to use a tactic like this at first when you start a business online.
The cheapest and quickest way to find and correct English grammatical errors are using an online grammar checking tool.
If you want a good proofreading tool, I recommend Grammarly. I have been using it for over one year and didn’t face any problem so far.
Yes, there are many free and paid online grammar checker tools. But, Grammarly is far ahead than others when concerned the accuracy, fast and the price tag and, of course, the features you receive for a very low price.
How do you find and correct English grammar mistakes? Do you use an English grammar corrector tool? Do let me know in the comments.