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Let’s face it: Not everyone has good English. I have fellow bloggers who have English so bad that they can barely speak nor string a sentence together but somehow they manage to write pieces that are not only error-free but are very popular among readers. How do they manage it? How do I manage good English and grammar on my blog? Even those who can write reasonably well tend to commit mistakes either due to carelessness or being simply unaware of the 1001 rules of English. So just how do we produce quality error-free work?

The answer is the usage of grammar and spelling checker software. There are actually quite a number of them in the market right now, so let’s take a look at some of the good ones:

1. Grammarly

Claimed to be the most accurate grammar checker in the world and used by more than 300,000 university students, Grammarly’s list of features include:

  • Grammar checker and error explanations
    This tool checks your article against 150 grammar rules for errors. You can see what these rules as the check is being performed. Once the article is checked, the mistakes are highlighted and suggestions of correct usage are provided. Explanations are also given to why the sentences are wrong. So not only will your articles be error-free but you stand to improve your grasp of the language too through these explanations.
  • Style checker
    This feature improves your style and sentence structures.
  • Contextual spell check
    This spell checker identifies words that are used out of context. Synonyms will then be suggested in order to make the writing more engaging and lively.
  • Vocabulary enhancement
    Grammarly gives you a list of synonyms so that there will be variety in the vocabulary used.
  • Plagiarism detection
    A plus point for Grammarly is that it is also an anti-plagiarism tool. Your work will be checked for any similarities with existing texts. Not only that, it even generates references so that you can add these to your work to avoid plagiarising the work of others.

Grammarly is great because it is convenient where you can view all errors at a glance without having to scroll over the text. Grammarly is one of my favorite grammar checkers because the plagiarism detection feature is a bonus and a unique feature that I have yet to see included in any other software. Thus all these feature helps in making Grammarly one of the best Grammar checker.

2. English Software

Just like Grammarly, English Software has the advanced grammar checker, contextual spell checker and style checker. What’s different are the following:

  • Text enrichment engine
    When you are stumped for an adjective or an adverb, use this feature to get a list of recommendations.
  • Multi-lingual dictionary and translator
    English Software doesn’t just serve as a grammar and spelling checker but also as a dictionary and a translator. You can look words up easily, find synonyms and translate words or even the whole article in just one click.
  • Letter templates
    Now you also have an “office assistant” of 600 ready-made letter templates.

English Software is pretty attractive for the dictionary and translator feature that it has, although I would say that the plagiarism detection in Grammarly is handier for bloggers and writers.

3. WhiteSmoke

WhiteSmoke is rated the best grammar and spelling checker by TopTenReviews.com. It has the same basic features as the other softwares such as the ability to detect overused, misspelled and incorrectly used words. It also has a built-in dictionary and thesaurus as well as a collection of letter templates.

WhiteSmoke differs from the rest through these features:

  • Industry-specific
    If you work with articles in a specific field and require a tool that performs a more focused and in-depth analysis of your work, WhiteSmoke is the tool for you. The basic version is good enough for general users but there are also legal, creative writing, executive, business and medical versions. There is even a dating version!
  • Works on many platforms
    WhiteSmoke is one of the few softwares that work well with several commonly used programs, namely Word, WordPerfect, Outlook and HTML. It even works on MSN, so your contacts will be impressed in your ability to converse well.

WhiteSmoke is recommended if you need to check articles written in specific fields. It is also interesting as it caters to social needs, most evident from the presence of a love letter template!

Every grammar and spell checker software has about the same basic features. What differentiates one from another is the ease of use and the presence (if any at all) of additional features, such as those mentioned above. Thus, I’d say that Grammarly, English Software and WhiteSmoke are my personal favorites.


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  1. For me MS Word is best software to check, if that also fail to help then Google do.. ;)
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  2. Vuong says:

    In my case, I have just installed a useful plugin name After the deadline for WordPress and it works great. However, I find that Chrome is also a good browser at checking grammar and typo as well.
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  3. John says:

    Really it is a great useful and beneficial for Asian blogger which has weak English. I have commented later, first I have checked and used these English checking tools. Now it w’ll be easy for us to write articles in good English. Thanks…….!
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  4. Riya
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    I usually use wordweb pro as it checks the work and speaks the word or line so you can know the pronunciation as well.
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  5. I am not using any plugin for checking my grammar….but i am little poor in grammar :P …hope these tools surely gonna help
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    • Jasmine says:

      These tools will surely be helpful in grammar as well.
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      • MaryGold says:

        But these tools are expensive to purchase and if they doesn’t fulfill the requirement then it w’ll be nothing more than a loss.

      • Chris B. says:

        On the section for Grammarly:

        “You can see what these rules as the check is being performed…”

        I hope you didn’t use grammarly before you posted this. I tried to email, rather than post for everyone to see, but I couldn’t find it. Its just a missing “are”, but I kinda lost confidence in your article (being that its about spellcheckers and all) after I hit that part.

        Feel free to erase this.

  6. Nasif says:

    Are those grammar checking software free ?
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  7. Maggie from Managed Hosting says:

    There is nothing more annoying then bad grammar, spelling and misuse of words, especially on a blog or business site. They’ve even made sites dedicated to such things and how embarrassing! After all, how is someone supposed to trust you if you can’t even spell your service descriptions or thoughts right? The thing I still struggle with, though, is the then/than; effect/affect; etc. Sometimes, I just forget the context in which they’re supposed to be used. Any tutorials for that?

  8. Nasir says:

    I think, this is the great presentation for weak English bloggers. So thanks Shiva ; to provide us useful and fruitful posts day by day……… Thanks!
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    • Really it is a great useful and beneficial for Asian blogger which has weak English. I have commented later, first I have checked and used these English checking tools.

  9. Anna says:

    Well, I think blogging shouldn’t be so careful about grammar. I mean the blogging style is a special style of writing when you can and should express your ideas and opinions even with mistakes (maybe that’s yours).
    Of course, your post shouldn’t be a string of words without grammar but still – simple words sometimes sound more attractive and pleasant to ears.

    • Anjela says:

      By reading your comments, my mind is changed that we should have to concentrate on our personal feeling and thought and convert them on paper even with a little grammar mistakes. Because real impressions attract to every one than artificial and routine sentences.
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    • In my case, I have just installed a useful plugin name After the deadline for WordPress and it works great. However, I find that Chrome is also a good browser at checking grammar and typo as well.

  10. Johanna says:

    Hi Jasmine,
    Thanks for sharing with us these spelling and grammar checking tools. These will surely be helpful for those who have difficulty in their English skills. Some simple ways to improve one’s English is to read lots of magazines, blogs, books, etc. and also to watch American movies :)
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  11. Robert says:

    I think every office package have grammar and spell checker, however those tools are some of the best out there and can improve writing dramatically.

  12. Jerry says:

    This was actually quite helpful. I have been using MS Word, but there are a lot of things that slip through the cracks. These will be worth checking out, I will not have to review outsourced material. Thanks!
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  13. I’ve personally used Whitesmoke editing software it’s great for checking grammar. For someone that can’t afford to purchase a software package, Jasmine is right use one of the free online tools.

  14. Mia says:

    I usually employ the tool that comes by default with Office, but I think I need to give other pieces of software a chance, especially because English is my second language.

    • This was actually quite helpful. I have been using MS Word, but there are a lot of things that slip through the cracks. These will be worth checking out, I will not have to review outsourced material. Thanks!

  15. Michelle says:

    well, i always use Microsoft word for spelling check , but I think I need to give other pieces of software a chance, especially because English is my second language.

  16. In fact, the English writing software utilities that come with spelling and grammar check tool is much more than spotting grammatical errors and rectifying sentence structures.

    These English writing software programs also offers to the users features such as proof reading,punctuation analysis,and other standard word document features such as text editing, automatic spell checking,and vocabulary

  17. Moris Meno says:

    Microsoft Office is a good software which automatically highlight grammatical and spelling mistakes. Any how thanks for sharing useful information.

    • well, i always use Microsoft word for spelling check , but I think I need to give other pieces of software a chance, especially because English is my second language.

  18. Donna says:

    So far so good , Microsoft Software helped me a lot. But I think I still
    need this kind of software to make things orderly.
    great review!

  19. These English writing software programs also offers to the users features such as proof reading,punctuation analysis,and other standard word document features such as text editing, automatic spell checking,and vocabulary

  20. Usman says:

    Thanks for the tips. I agree English is not the first language of some bloggers so it is easier to use online tools for reducing mistakes

  21. Jey says:

    I think you completely are right.

  22. Neal Morgan says:

    I use WhiteSmoke as it’s wordpress friendly and i can put articles through it before i publish.

  23. Thanks for this useful information. I am using Mozilla Firefox and I have added its spelling check add ons for different languages, But sometime it is crushed. I like this tool.

  24. Fawad says:

    I have commented later, first I have checked and used these English checking tools.
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  25. Writing an article must be very difficult task for any blogger, should be very clear, informative and relevant to the topic. and when it comes to grammar its very important for any blogger or writer to write grammatically correct article. i thing this will help us a lot. i will be using this tool.

  26. Tony says:

    They are good tools to check before publish a post.
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  27. Daniel says:

    Is English Software translation authentic? I mean it’s not easy to automate the translation of certain sentences. And it’s really difficult to use a translation software for languages like Arabic. I am looking for a good Translation software. So I hope that English software is what I am looking for.
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    Great blog! I genuinely love how it is easy on my eyes as well as the info are well written and very useful to weak English persons. I am wondering how I may be notified whenever a new post has been made. Thanks!
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  29. Mike. says:

    I really appreciate your blog post. You’ll find dozens of techniques we could put it to good use by means of minimal effort in time and hard earned cash. Thank you really pertaining to helping make the post answer many questions we have come across before now in concern of spellings and grammar correction of our articles.
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  30. Ahmad says:

    I have used MS Word2007 and found enough for correction my new written articles, anyhow I w’ll try to buy one of the spelling and grammar checking tool as you explained here much more benefits of them. Thanks for informing us.
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  31. your article is on the point i was looking for and I know nglish Software has the advanced grammar checker, they can help you a lot

  32. George says:

    I’m not using any tool, feel no problem in editing of my article, even my my English is no so good. I’m using MS Word2007 on window-7 which are enough for my articles correction. Anyway nice attention on this important issue of correct English posts.
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  33. Sara says:

    Thanks for useful and informatics post. Nice attention to write correct and error free contents. Thanks Shiva.
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  34. Adam says:

    Thanks Jasmine, nice information for newbies how to check and correct easily our spelling and grammar mistakes of articles.

  35. Lauren says:

    Any company developed their software according to the demand and needs of the public. So these have must beneficial features for article writers and publishers even MS word2007 facilities of grammar and spelling checking.
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    Nice and very useful post about writing error free articles with the help of spelling and grammar checking tools. best of luck Shiva.
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  37. Isabella says:

    Really great need you have provided here to write correct, authentic and mistake free articles. Thanks for useful and effective post.
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  38. Tom says:

    Nice, simple and useful tools to write best articles with a little help of these tools. Thanks for sharing these, as we were unaware from these helpful tools.
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  39. yes, grammar should be correct in blogging for better users experience..
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  40. shenoyjoseph says:

    thanks for providing a good information to me for checking grammar mistakes of all my posts in my blog. I just test some post on this grammar checker tools i got more mistakes like vocabulary, punctuations verb :( . For next time i definitely check grammar mistakes before the posting the article in my blog. :)
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  42. Good idea, finding grammatical errors in a article, i am not good at english,so i was thinking what to do to check grammatical error in my articles written by my writer, and unfortunately i found above awesome post,to find grammatical mistakes in the article. Really its a good website to check errors, Now i am thinking to start such grammatical checker website. Soon will start

  43. Nice, simple and useful tools to write best articles with a little help of these tools. Thanks for sharing these, as we were unaware from these helpful tools.

  44. depression says:

    Thanks Jasmine, nice information for newbies how to check and correct easily our spelling and grammar mistakes of articles.

  45. I do agree with all the ideas you’ve offered to your post. They are very convincing and can certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are too brief for beginners. May you please lengthen them a little from subsequent time? Thank you for the post.
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  46. I personally use Grammarly and I think it is a great tool, in my line of work, the plagiarism feature is great and really helpful.

    Never tried the other 2, but I will have a look into them.

  47. Steven says:

    Nice, simple and useful tools to write best articles with a little help of these tools. Thanks for sharing these, as we were unaware from these helpful tools.

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  49. mE says:

    Whitesmoke is the worst software. This will definitely imbibe malware in the computer and the results are too slow a machine with erratic search results. This is maddening, frustrating and too heavy a price you will pay for installing this software. This lady is definitely being paid by the compsany to sweet talk.

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