If you’ve been a reader of Martech Zone for a while, you know that I could use quite a bit of help in the editorial department. It’s not that I don’t care about spelling and grammar. The problem is more common. I’ve been writing and publishing our articles on the fly for years. They don’t go through multiple approval steps – they research, write and publish.
Unfortunately, this has caused some embarrassment as it has hilariously posted grammatical errors over the years. I’ve even talked to some of our author creators about the fact that they have a repair facility to review my posts every day. However, I don’t want to wait for publication, so I’ve been putting this up. Not to mention the fact that I might not like how their recommendations change the tone of my work. I honestly avoid the editing route. Also, I write so many articles that I need to improve my English.
How many grammar and spelling mistakes do people make online?
I’m not the only one! Grammarly analyzed over one billion words proofreading their popular writing app in one month. Here’s what they found:
- People made an average of 39 mistakes per 100 words in social media posts. Email comes with 13 errors per 100 words and blog posts are the lowest with 6.5 errors per 100 words.
- People make three times more mistakes on social media than we do in any other type of online writing. I guess some of this has to do with the limitations of Twitter (no editing) and the conversational nature of social media.
- Early birds from 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. made 18.2% fewer errors than night owls from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. (uh-oh)
What are grammar and spelling mistakes?
- Apostrophe errors (eg, let’s vs. let ‘s ‘s)
- Too vs. from
- Every day versus every day
- There is against them
- More against then
You may notice some improvements in this area, as I have invested in an annual license to Grammarly Grammar checker, a service often cited as the world’s best grammar checker. Complete with a browser extension, I can quickly write and correct errors without leaving my editor.
Grammica is a service that I can use with any platform or software. Here are some examples:
- Grammar Editor – Grammar Editor is fantastic, with spell checks, grammar checks, plagiarism check, audience recommendations, formality check, readability, tone, intent, overall score, goals, wording suggestions, elegant replacement, word count, sentence length, etc.
- Grammica Publisher – Grammica has a standalone program that can run on any operating system. It is a web-based platform where you can store all your documents.
- Business Grammar – Does your company have very specific guidelines when writing a manual? Grammarly Business lets you guide everyone in your company to follow your guidelines.
Grammar is easy to use. In the region of texts, you are working in, you will see spelling and grammar issues highlighted. Click on the Grammar icon and a more in-depth editor will appear with all the information you need to improve your copy.
If those aren’t enough features for you, how about a weekly email to let you know how well you’re doing from other Gamal users? Yes, they send one! And no, I’m not sharing mine.
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