I admit it. Bad grammar drives me crazy! So do bad punctuation and spelling errors! I have an uncommon ability to find typos everywhere and finding them is one of my favorite things to do. However, in my own work, I often become too familiar with the text to catch all of my typos. Then I notice them later and am frustrated by how long the typos were there before I noticed them. That’s why it’s always advisable to have new eyes proofread your text.
I use, and highly recommend that every writer download, “Grammarly,” which has more than 250 grammar checks, proofreads and detects plagiarism, and provides users with a list of possible errors for correction. During its text review, Grammarly presents potential errors one at a time, with commonly confused words or faulty sentences highlighted in light red and a text box offering an explanation that provides good and bad examples and suggests corrections. Grammarly also provides citations when it detects plagiarism. Other features of Grammarly include: A grammar checker that can analyze general, business, academic, technical, creative and casual writings and a contextual spell checker that determines the appropriate spelling of a word as it is used in a sentence. It finds misspelled words and also identifies correctly spelled yet incorrectly used words. Best of all, basic Grammarly is free!
What do the following have in common -- your and you’re; me and I; its and it’s; lay and lie; who’s and whose; that and which; then and than; can and may; to and too? They are just a few of the most frequently-misused forms of grammar.
Which is correct:
FACT: Using grammar improperly may lead people to believe you are uneducated no matter what your degree. This applies in written form and when speaking.
There are far too many grammar rules to launch into here. The point of this article is for you to be aware of grammar errors and how to correct them. For the writer, Grammarly is excellent. For the speaker and writer, there are articles, blog posts, and books galore that may help you. Just search the internet.
Here are a few books that can be purchased from Amazon. I recommend buying used books in good condition. They are much cheaper. Some are available on Kindle. Strunk and White is my favorite.
I hope you will take the importance of proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling seriously.
AND IF YOU EVER SEE ME WRITE SOMETHING GRAMMATICALLY INCORRECT, PLEASE CORRECT ME!