We're still quite a ways away from IBM's Watson Tone Analyzer growing into a developmental editor bot, but luckily for us simpler tools are very common.
Gizmodo has a post up today that reminded me that there are readily available tools that could improve our online writing, ones which we should be using (but probably are not). That post focused on Grammarly, an extension for Chrome and Firefox.
Grammarly is an all-in-one grammar and spellcheck tool that protects you from many of the common writing errors. It's free to install, but if you want to use it you will have to pay between $12 and $30 a month.
Edit: I'm told there's a free service option for Grammarly. I did not see it, but perhaps I need to look again.
That's too expensive for my tastes, so I am looking for an alternative. I found Ginger, but that is also a paid service ($5 a month). That's still too much.
Spellchecker extensions are pretty common (Firefox, Chrome) but grammar check tools are harder to come by. Good ones, especially. There is, for example, a grammar and spelling tool built into WordPress,, but it is so poor as to almost be a joke.
Does anyone know of a good, free, alternative?
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