January 27, 2013
Jennifer Frost will check your grammar
Free, the way we like it.
Just in, this email from her:
I'm thinking people whose native language is not English could do far worse — and pay a whole lot more than free — to get the same (or worse results).
January 27, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink
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Tsk, tsk mrG.
Posted by: jim` | Jan 27, 2013 5:47:35 PM
I gave the site it's own text:
"An online grammar check can come in handy for anyone who wants to write proper English. Like many, you probably learned many of the grammar rules all throughout your school years. Also, like many, you’ve likely forgotten much of what you learned. Where does the comma go, for instance? Is ending your sentences with a preposition really that bad a practice? Are there hard and fast rules for when to use who, that or which? All of these questions, as well as many more, can plague both amateur and professional writers. Doing a grammar or spell check (here) helps to settle these questions and give you more confidence in your writing."
and it only scored 50%!!!
the report isn't particularly informative as to how to correct these errors either:
Grammarly found 10 critical writing issues and generated 6 word choice corrections for your text.
Score: 50 of 100
(weak, needs revision)
Plagiarism checking is turned off. To get information on plagiarism,
re-run the report with plagiarism detection turned on.
Contextual Spelling Check
Commonly confused words
Sentence structure (1)
Punctuation within a sentence
Style and Word Choice
Writing style (4)
Vocabulary use (2)
So I'm at a loss to know how to correct their own writing. Plus it does not appear to be free, but is only a 7 day free trial period, AND it wants my personal information up front before I can get any further report, which is not necessarily free the way that /I/ like it. This skeletal report may have some utility, but really only for those who already know enough about their grammar to recognize and interpret the advice.
I think you'd be much better off using GNU Grammar (assumign you have a geek nearby who can install it) http://thehacklist.blogspot.ca/2010/02/gnu-grammar-and-writing-style-checking.html or get the Grammar-module plugin for OpenOffice http://www.languagetool.org/
Posted by: mrG | Jan 27, 2013 5:44:05 PM
I tested GrammarCheck.net with the sentence, " Give the book to whomever wants it. " It returned, " No writing errors were found." That would be incorrect.
"Give the book to whoever wants it" is the correct form. The structure of the sentence after the word "to" determines whether you use the subjective or objective case.
Would you say" who wants it " or " whom wants it "?
Posted by: Dave | Jan 27, 2013 4:27:55 PM
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