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Instant Grammar Check
Grammarly review

Grammarly is an application for checking grammar, spelling, and punctuation. The application aims at improving students, bloggers, writers, and professionals' writing skills. Grammarly can be also used to check plagiarism.

How is Grammarly used?

One can use the application with:

A free account Or a premium account

The premium account has more features than the free version. In addition to services such as a thesaurus, reference guide sand community-driven forum, the application helps you spot more grammar errors and provides detailed information about each error in the form of flash cards.

Pricing

The Grammarly premium account is priced at:

Monthly Subscription — $29.95 USD/month Quarterly Subscription — $19.98/month (Billed as one payment of $59.95 USD) Annual Subscription — $11.66/month (Billed as one payment of $139.95 USD) Is it worth the price?

Whether you are a professional or a student, Grammarly may be the best fit for you because it has many interesting features. It can be used on:

Microsoft Office Grammarly online dashboard Your favorite browser

We haven't tested the application on Microsoft office.

On the Grammarly online dashboard, the grammar checker can be used while writing or by pasting a text. Before asking Grammarly to review your document, you may want to decide on the genre of your writing by selecting the type of audience:

Business Academic Technical Creative Casual

The application analyzes the text according to its kind. Errors are immediately underlined, and suggestions are provided.

Here is a screen shot of my mistakes on Grammarly dashboard. The application found me guilty of the overuse of passive structure

Grammarly can be also installed as a plugin on your browser which helps get an idea of your errors on WordPress and Gmail editors for example.

As a plagiarism checker tool, Grammarly is of great help to students, writers, reviewers, and scholars.
Another interesting feature of this grammar checker is the possibility to switch from American English to British English and [...]

Fri, Jul 07, 2017, Continue reading at the source

What are clauses of purpose?
Clauses of purpose explain the reason for an action. There are a few different clauses, but we will focus on clauses with to, for, and so that.

Katie will go to England to study gardening next September.
for his health.
Alan studies English every day so that he can find a new job.

The first sentence explains Katie's purpose in going to England. The second sentence explains Bill's purpose in joining a gym. And the third sentence talks about the reason Alan studies English every day.

What is the sentence

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Wed, Jul 05, 2017, Continue reading at the source

What are adverbs?
Adverbs give additional information to verbs and clauses, much like adjectives give additional information to nouns. Adverbs tell you how, where, and when, and also how often something happens.

Let's focus on the following three types, though:

1: Adverbs of Manner: These describe how something happens.

Because he just received his driver's license, he drives carefully.
The singer has a fantastic voice. She sings many songs beautifully.
In the library, you must speak quietly.

2: Comment Adverbs: These adverbs describe the speaker's opinion.

Obviously, the politician was lying.
He definitely had a relaxing vacation!
I stupidly

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Thu, Jun 29, 2017, Continue reading at the source
"When all think alike, then no one is thinking." - Walter Lippman The development of technology plays a highly vibrant part in media evolution from outmoded to contemporary technology presentations for its messages to reach every individual consumers. As a result, the media does changes which are evidently observed among its genre such as films that manifest complex structures to impress audience. Furthermore, it can be perceived that from films' posters to their end credits, are unseen factors which tend to be highly pedagogical for English language acquisition when imaginatively and seriously handled by language educators. This inventive awareness anchors with the theory of audio- visual literacy which supports the said material for the enhancement of learners' linguistic and communicative competence. This concept fetches us to a solid idea that every film's features do not only function as purely entertainment but are possibly noteworthy in language achievement. In other words, ... [...]
Wed, Jun 21, 2017, Continue reading at the source

What are imperatives?

mom to daughter: Eat vegetables to stay healthy!
husband to wife: Get the car washed this weekend.
boss to employee: Finish the report before you leave for the day.

What is the sentence structure?

base verb | object

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Thu, Jun 08, 2017, Continue reading at the source

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