Have you installed Grammarly yet?

By Lauren Edwards

Quick tip: Use a free grammar checker that works on Gmail, Google Docs and a long list of other things including Facebook and Twitter.

www.grammarly.com

It’s free and installs faster than you can say, “What the heck is a misplaced modifier?”

Not only is it helpful and unintrusive, it feels happy and friendly. Yes, something about the font and color relaxes me. This is in contrast to Microsoft Word’s squiggly red line. Nothing against Microsoft! I appreciate you, Microsoft! It’s just that a lot of our clients now routinely collaborate on Google Docs, and — well — I miss that squiggly red line sometimes.

Until now. Wish I had installed this sooner.

As Grammarly’s website says:

Write Confidently Everywhere

Grammarly helps you write mistake-free on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and nearly anywhere else you write on the web.

No, I was not paid to write this. A client mentioned it to me the other day. I tried it and I’m never going back.

Sure, I know this stuff and teach it, too. But Grammarly is like a human assistant who has my back. Even editors and writing coaches need backup — especially editors and writing coaches!

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Lauren Edwards is a former reporter for the Associated Press. She has been creating, customizing and delivering workshops for science and technology teams since 2000.

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