Maybe you threw in a few grammar errors, and since punctuation is not your thing, there were a couple of misplaced punctuation marks, as well. I know, I’ve made more than the odd mistake.
Not a big deal, right? Maybe not – but as often as not, common errors, particularly punctuation errors, can change the meaning of what you meant to say.
I’m sure you’ve seen this example – Let’s eat, Mother. versus – Let’s eat Mother.
There is at least a partial solution that can help you avoid the most common grammar mistakes, spelling errors (including contextual spelling errors), and style mistakes, in online interactions – including emails, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
After the Deadline, is an open source (free), language checker for the web which is available as:
an add-on for the Firefox web browser.
an extension for the Google Chrome web browser.
a bookmarklet for other browsers.
a plugin for self-hosted WordPress blogs.
an extension for OpenOffice.org Writer, a popular open-source word processor.
a plugin for bbPress forums.
Following installation of After the Deadline on my system as a Firefox add-on, I found it to be reasonably accurate – but not perfect. Nevertheless, I’ll keep it on my system – at least in the short term.
Installation in my case was the usual automatic Firefox add-on install, followed by an easy Options set up as the following screen captures indicate. You’ll notice in the second screen, that you have a wide range of proofreading options.
Checks Spelling – Spell checker looks at context and uses artificial intelligence to make recommendations.
Detects Misused Words – Most spell checkers assume any word in their dictionary is correct regardless of context. This means all misused word errors go unnoticed.
Checks Style – Style checker has thousands of rules and uses context to choose the best suggestions.
Checks Grammar – The grammar checker in After the Deadline protects you from common writing errors. After the Deadline uses statistics to automatically find exceptions to its grammar rules, making it one of the smartest grammar checkers around.
Explains Errors – The misused word detector, grammar checker, and style checker explain the mistakes and suggestions to you. Click an error and choose the “Explain …” option.
Download at: After the Deadline
After the Deadline checks English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish text.
After the Deadline has been developed by Automattic, the people behind WordPress, PollDaddy, and Akismet – to name just a few.
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