Grammar Correction Programs

Programs that check your grammar can be helpful for students.
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If you need a hand with grammar, whether for a term paper or business memo, several computer and Internet solutions can help. Most are quick and easy to use, making them an ideal part of the proofreading process. Though grammar correction programs have limits, some of the most useful are either already installed on computers or are widely available online for a nominal fee.

1 Online Services

One of the easiest and most accessible method for checking and correcting grammar is through the Internet's plethora of grammar correction services. Online grammar correction services are widely available and simple to access. Though some are free to use, the most reliable sites require a subscription after a short free trial period. Grammarly, for example, is the Web's most reliable grammar correction service and is popular at hundreds of colleges and universities for its compatibility with learning platforms as Blackboard. Subscriptions are available for individual users.

2 Computer-Based Solutions

Those not looking to subscribe to online grammar correction services, or who do not have access to online services through universities, can still find valuable help through their computers. Such programs as Microsoft Word, Open Office and Pages have built-in grammar correction options. These programs are capable of either grammar checking while you work or alongside spelling correction programs.

3 Open Source and Browser Extensions

A third option is free open source grammar correction programs and Web browser extensions that check and correct grammar. Open source programs, such as Ginger Spell and Grammar Checker, are available to download and are free. Open source programs are universal grammar checking and correction solutions; Web browser extensions check and correct grammar on the Web.

4 Limitations

Though grammar correction programs are improving, they are limited in ability to understand human language construction. Grammar correction programs are incapable of understanding subtlety and humor, and sometimes offer suggestions that are inappropriate or wrong. Consider what they offer as suggestions, which you can take when appropriate.

Kristyn Hammond has been teaching freshman college composition at the university level since 2010. She has experience teaching developmental writing, freshman composition, and freshman composition and research. She currently resides in Central Texas where she works for a small university in the Texas A&M system of schools.