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Often writers submit manuscripts filled with multiple errors. How can writers help themselves have fewer problems with grammar and possibly passive voice? Perhaps, grammar programs found online can help.
Using Grammar Programs to Edit
Writers become frustrated when they receive a notice from a publisher or editor stating their manuscripts need to be edited by the writer because of many verb tense, incorrect verbs, sentence structure problems, use of passive voice, and other grammatical errors. If a writer doesn’t have a strong grammar background, how can he know what to do?
Today, the internet has programs that can help, which those of us much older wish we had when younger. Some of these programs have basic free versions. All of them provide help for most grammatical problems, above what our word processor program provides. For example, MS Word won’t notify us of a missing word. The advanced online versions (the ones that require a monthly or yearly fee) will also note the use of passive voice.
You may not find all your grammar problems with an online program, because they are not always correct. For example, Grammarly (the program I tried) will note a comma after introductory words but, and, or, yet as incorrect. Yet, that comma after an introductory word is needed. Therefore, online grammar check programs aren’t always correct, but they will find most major errors.
I have not tried all the programs, but one writer has and compared the top ten programs. I am familiar with Grammarly.com, as I stated earlier. To read more about the programs and the comparison read Bryan Collins’ article on https://becomeawritertoday.com/best-grammar-checker-2019/. His top 10 programs are as follows:
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7. Hemingway Editor
With help from an internet program, a writer can edit a manuscript to the point a professional editor won’t cringe at a huge number of grammatical errors. In fact the editor might accept it.
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