What’s a really good, and free, grammar checker for Windows 7?

June 6, 2014
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I got a Dell Inspiron Windows 7 64-bit as a lovely gift from family, but I have no more money, so I want only FREEWARE, if possible, in the answer. I thank you!

Question: I want a really good grammar checker, freeware. Please look at this poem and use the best solution to make it VERY GOOD GRAMMAR:

Eye halve a spelling chequer .It came with my pea sea .It plainly marques four my revue Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word And weight four it two say Weather eye am wrong oar write It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid It nose bee fore two long And eye can put the error rite Its rare lea ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it I am shore your pleased two no Its letter perfect awl the weigh My chequer tolled me sew.

My request: A fine grammar checker should correct this, without costing anything. Please tell me which freeware grammar checker is appropriate to this test. Alternatively, Microsoft word processors are being offered, for free, and I respect them, having used them in libraries.

Please give a VERY DETAILED tutorial with pictures or drawings, of how to get a free Microsoft word processor with a grammar check application. I only need that grammar check, I can use Open Office for composing, etc. Just grammar a checker. I thank you!

Kindest regards!

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  1. Bruce E
    June 7, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    With grammar as bad as what you supplied in the poem, I don't know of ANY grammar checker that will fix the issues it has. Even MS Word 2007 will only find 7 errors and offer to fix 5 of them (regarding spelling and capitalization - and one of the offered fixes is wrong). These checkers just are not designed to fix complete disasters. They expect to find that most of the text will be correct and it can make assumptions about the rest. As it stands, your sample cannot be parsed by a computer into the expected parts of speech the checker would normally be able to find, so it cannot offer suggestions about what needs to be fixed.

    • Robb Thurston
      June 7, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      We see similar problems with mechanical translations of fairly similar languages, what to speak of VERY different languages. A technical document in Theology, written in Russian (a cognate language to English) was gotten by me and subjected to mechanical translation, and then given to a clergyman from the Ukraine. He corrected things with major surgery, but he was unhappy with the mechanical rendition. Let's take a look. He knew Russian perfectly, he knew Theology as a professional, and he could thus see what the mechanical translation was attempting. But the mechanism got it mainly wrong, and only his knowledge, which he brought to the table, allowed him to do things correctly.Thus, nothing mechanical, either grammar correction, or translation, is very helpful. Thanks!

  2. Rajaa Chowdhury
    June 7, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Checkout at http://www.gingersoftware.com/ . They have a FREE version.

  3. Dalsan M
    June 6, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    You can use plugins for Open Office Writer such as these: http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/en/project/after-deadline-grammar-checker, http://openoffice.blogs.com/openoffice/2008/01/grammar-checker.html. There may be plugins for other word document software, just search and you should find several. The major issue is that none would be perfect, but should help out in most cases. Also, what works for one person may not work out as well for another because each person writes differently than another, and algorithms to check for grammar and spelling can only do so much. Test it out with your writing style to see if it is acceptable (it is almost impossible to catch everything).

  4. Oron J
    June 6, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    LibreOffice (and I imagine OpenOffice too) has a built it grammar checker. Go to Tools=>Options... expand "Language Settings" and click on "Writing Aids", then tick the option to "Check grammar as you type".

    There are also online spell checkers/grammar checkers such as http://spellcheckplus.com/ . That said, grammar checkers won't get very far with ditties such as the one you quoted. Much of it is grammatically correct, if nonsensical!

  5. Hovsep A
    June 6, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Improve Your Grammar & Spelling With These Free Office & Browser Extensions
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/improve-your-grammar-spelling-with-these-free-office-browser-extensions/

    Check spelling and grammar
    https://office.microsoft.com/en-001/word-help/check-spelling-and-grammar-HP010117963.aspx

    Proofreading test: my wife vs. Grammarly vs. Ginger vs. After The Deadline vs. Microsoft Word 2010
    http://goodcontentcompany.com/proofreading-test-roundup

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