In a world of spellcheck and texting abbreviations, few people want to take the time to learn about subjects, objects, and dangling modifiers. Besides, computers can fix our sentences for us.
However, as anyone who’s suffered an autocorrect embarrassment knows, computers don’t always get it right.
Language is a human tool and requires the insight of human minds. Plus, employers still care about this stuff. From emails to reports, business involves plenty of written communication. Businesses want to hire employees with strong writing skills who will represent their company well to clients.
So what’s the best way to improve your grammar skills?
You may cringe at the thought of those endless worksheets from elementary school. Luckily, apps are a more fun and modern tool for grammar learning. Best of all, they’re always at your fingertips.
With these seven apps, you can practice your grammar on the go, whenever you have time.
Practice English Grammar (iOS and Android, Free)
This free app is a nominee for the 2014 Best Education App. Featuring a combination of flash cards, questions, games, articles and specific feedback, Practice English Grammar will improve your writing by taking you through a range of grammar topics from tenses to the passive voice. Memorize the grammar facts on the flashcards and test your knowledge right away with a quiz.
The basic content is free and you can make in-app purchases (most of which are $0.99 each) to access additional features and lessons.
Download: Practice English Grammar for iOS (Free) | Android (Free) [No longer available]
Grammaropolis Complete (iOS, $12.99 and Android, $9.99)
Learners of all ages will enjoy this “city of grammar” that teaches parts of speech. It’s designed like a game – each part of speech has its own town. As they navigate a map of the city, users complete activities designed to teach and test knowledge. Extra quizzes are available for additional practice.
Grammaropolis is distinctive for its complete coverage of the parts of speech and its variety. Videos, books, songs, and quizzes mean there is something for everyone, and the colorful, well-designed graphics make it a pleasure to look at.
This app will improve your grammar skills by giving you a comprehensive refresher in the basics. You must first be able to identify parts of speech before you can improve your ability to put them in the right order.
Grammar App (iOS, $0.99 and Android, Free)
If you’re not sure where to start, Grammar App offers a little of everything. Watch tutorials, try practice exercises and have fun with grammar games. Every aspect of grammar is covered and there are 200 learning options. It’s no wonder this app is the best-selling grammar app on the App store.
Grammar App will help you learn quickly and improve your writing. You’ll become a better communicator with instant feedback on your progress. At only 99 cents on iOS and free to Android users, you’re getting a lot of tools for a bargain price.
Download: Grammar App HD for iOS ($0.99) | Android (Free) [No longer available]
Grammar Up (iOS and Android, Free)
For the budding executive, Grammar Up focuses on business-related content and uses graphs to help you identify your grammatical strengths and weaknesses. Then you can decide which areas to focus your efforts on.
The basic version of the app is free; you can purchase the full version from within the app. Grammar Up’s other innovative features include a timer for users who want to practice under time pressure. It also provides real-time error feedback to help you learn quickly and efficiently.
English Grammar Book (Android, Free)
If free is what you’re looking for, English Grammar Book is your best bet. With no in-app purchases, what you see is what you get. English Grammar Book offers many of the same features you have to pay for in other apps: a wide range of topics and immediate feedback via quiz scores.
Download: English Grammar Book for Android (Free)
Grammar Girl App (iOS, $1.99) [No Longer Available]
Learn about grammar as you run, drive or work. The popular Grammar Girl podcast offers a regular serving of fun and helpful tips. This app gives you access to the podcast without ads or announcements.
With Grammar Girl App, you can also download grammar-related wallpaper, contact the show and mark your favorite episodes.
This app will improve your writing by giving you a different medium in which to learn. Grammar Girl covers a wide variety of topics and gives you answers you didn’t even know you needed.
Download: Grammar Girl App for iOS ($1.99) [No longer available]
Grammar Phone (iOS, $0.99) [Broken Link Removed]
This nifty app is short and sweet. Grammar Phone helps you avoid 25 common grammatical errors.
This is a great app for those who suffer from information overload because it offers grammar help in a manageable size. If you can master these common mistakes, you’ll be on your way to impressing friends and colleagues with your writing.
Download: Grammar Phone for iOS ($0.99) [No Longer Available]
Tell Us About Your Favorite Grammar App
We are bombarded by text every day. It’s never been more important to write well. These apps will help you express your thoughts with clarity and style by offering easy and portable ways to incorporate learning correct grammar into your busy schedule.
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