Does Online Grammar Tools Actually Help?

For this week’s blog post in FYS142, we were given the task to review writing tools that as a student can use to perfect papers and redefine the way that we write as individuals. The two tools that I happen to choose are Grammarly and the Hemingway App. Both Grammarly and the Hemingway App are grammar checkers that can be found online, are extremely convenient, and are user-friendly.

On Grammarly’s homepage the first thing that can be seen is the bold letters that state “Write Better, Work Better” and underneath that “be confident that everything you write is flawless.” This to me creates more of a confident feeling for the user when trusting the app to check my grammar mistakes. I personally have never used a grammar checker outside of the small corrections that word has until this blog post that I am writing as of right now. Generally speaking,

I have been more so concerned with the quality of the work that comes out of these programs rather than the quality of work that I am originally putting through Grammarly’s process. However, after typing this paragraph I decided to send it through Grammarly to see if there were any mistakes that I should have noticed myself. There were only a few mistakes that included me using then instead of the proper use of than. Other then that, there was not much more that Grammarly had critiqued me on.

On the homepage of Hemingway App, at the very top in bold letters it states “Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear.” Then underneath the bold lettering, the website goes on to describe how the app specifically works with examples and a short explanation. What I thought was extremely helpful in both grammar checkers is that it showed the word count of the writing that is submitted. Yet, the Hemingway App went further in depth with giving a grade on readability, reading time, characters, sentences, and paragraphs. These tools I thought made the Hemingway App a way more proficient grammar checker than Grammarly. After submitting my work into the Hemingway App, my whole text was highlighted with different colors. There were cases of my writing having a passive voice rather than an active voice, an adverb rather than a forceful verb, and sentences that were quite lengthy.

With all things considered, I thought that Grammarly and the Hemingway App were both helpful grammar tools that a student can use with correcting his or her own paper. I would truly recommend both of these systems to students that are looking to enhance there writing skills and work. However, I personally thought that the Hemingway App critiqued my work a slight bit more than Grammarly.

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