9 Common Mistakes in English Grammar that Grammarly corrects for you



When I first heard about Grammarly, I was a bit skeptical about its usefulness. I thought that the spelling and grammar checker equipped with word processors was already enough. However, when I tried using Grammarly, I immediately realized how much more powerful Grammarly is than the regular spelling and grammar checker.

But aside from being a spelling and grammar checker, Grammarly can also be an incredible tool for bloggers and college professors to check for plagiarism. Bloggers can use Grammarly to find out if someone copied their article and college professors can check if an essay is indeed original.

The vocabulary enhancement feature of Grammarly is also a must-have for every blogger out there. You know how you sometimes use the same word over and over again? Well, Grammarly can help you with that, it will provide you with an array of alternative words to use whenever it detects an overused word.

Grammarly, primarily, though is a very powerful proofreader and in my experience, the following are the top six common mistakes in English grammar that Grammarly corrected for me.

#1 Common Mistake in English Grammar that Grammarly corrects for you: Usage of Comma

If you're a blogger, chances are you are not very mindful about where you put your commas. This is especially true if you left college or university a long time ago. When I began using Grammarly, the first thing that I noticed was how much I have been neglecting my commas.

#2 Common Mistake in English Grammar that Grammarly corrects for you: Your vs. You're

This is a common mistake among many English speakers. While the spelling and grammar checker in your everyday word processor will also check for this error, there are instances when it doesn't detect it. Grammarly does, in my experience, all the time.

#3 Common Mistake in English Grammar that Grammarly corrects for you: Which vs. That

I usually use the words which and that interchangeably but Grammarly knows when to use which and when to use that.

#4 Common Mistake in English Grammar that Grammarly corrects for you: Prepositions

One of the things that I really like about Grammarly is its ability to detect errors in the usage of prepositions. I admit that this is one of my biggest weakness when it comes to the English language. The spelling and grammar checker that comes with word processors does not detect this error.

#5 Common Mistake in English Grammar that Grammarly corrects for you: Loose vs. Lose

A lot of English speakers are guilty of confusing these two terms. Grammarly detects this common mistake in English grammar.

#6 Common Mistake in English Grammar that Grammarly corrects for you: Usage of Semicolon

We all know that the general rule is to use a semicolon when connecting two independent clauses. However, there are times that we simply forget about this rule which Grammarly doesn't.

#7 Common Mistake in English Grammar that Grammarly corrects for you: Its vs. It's

I always confuse these two words.

#8 Common Mistake in English Grammar that Grammarly corrects for you: Everyday vs. Every day

One is an adverbial phrase and the other is an adjective.

#9 Common Mistake in English Grammar that Grammarly corrects for you: Hyphen

I always forget to put a hyphen in between words that should be hyphenated. Grammarly reminds you to place a hyphen in between those words.

Having said that, it is important to remember that Grammarly is not a perfect spelling and grammar checker. You still have to check if the corrections Grammarly makes make sense. The good thing about Grammarly is that it gives you a detailed explanation about the corrections it makes so it is still up to the user's best judgment whether to agree or disagree with the corrections. For example, grammarly just told me that 'judgement' is British spelling and that the American spelling is 'judgment'.

This blog post, by the way, went through Grammarly's corrections. If you wish to sign up for Grammarly- the world's most accurate grammar checker, click here.


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