In the world of writing, one of the easiest ways to distinguish an experienced writer from a not-so-experienced one is grammar. Think of it this way: with the addition of one tiny comma, a sentence can go from perfectly innocent (“Let’s eat, grandma!”) to downright alarming (“Let’s eat grandma!”).
Luckily, it’s a lot easier to clean up your grammar now than it was 10 years ago due to some handy little apps. Here, we’ll look at five grammar apps that can help you take your writing to the next level.
One of my personal favorites, Grammarly automatically checks the grammar and spelling of everything you type, whether you’re writing an email or a social media update. The beauty of Grammarly is that it can be installed as a browser extension, desktop app, Microsoft Office add-in or mobile app (either iOS or Android), so you can always rest easy knowing that your grammar is on point.
2. Grammar Up
If you’re interested in improving your own grammatical skills, it might be worth your while to check out Grammar Up, a free app for iOS and Android packed to the brim with practice questions and real-time feedback. Spend a few minutes each day testing your skills and you’ll soon get the hang of tenses, transitions, infinitives and more.
For most, sentence diagrams are nothing more than an unpleasant memory from school days gone by. With SenGram, available on iOS devices for $3.99, sentence diagrams go from being a confusing homework assignment to a fun puzzle game. Solve a wide variety of puzzles to master prepositional phrases, linking verbs, conjunctions and more.
4. English Grammar Test
Available for free on Android devices, English Grammar Test is a popular app containing 1,200 tasks, 180 tests and 26 topics. What sets this app apart is the simple and straightforward explanations that accompany each task, making it a snap to learn what you did wrong and how you can do better the next time around.
Finally, the Dictionary.com app, free for iOS and Android devices, is an indispensable resource for writers of all levels of expertise. With over 2 million words, an easy search function and a wealth of both definitions and synonyms for every word, you’ll never have an excuse for repetitive or boring writing.
Do you use any of these grammar apps? Did I miss one of your favorites? Let me know in the comments!