Whether you are writing a book, a blog article or a social media post, it is important to edit your writing and proofread it carefully before publishing. While most of us use spell check, this is not guaranteed to catch all errors. I have found that utilizing additional proofreading tools has not only picked up errors that were missed, but has also improved my writing and editing skills. Grammarly is one such grammar checking and proofreading website which checks spelling, grammar, punctuation and writing style. While this is a wonderful tool, there are free alternatives to this program. Below is a list of ten free online proofreading tools that I have tried and can recommend. While they don’t catch everything, they do pick up more than a word processing spell check. Of course, it is always important to manually edit and proofread your writing and use these tools only as a final check.
Paper Rater is a free online proofreading service with basic grammar and editing capabilities.
1Checker is a free online checker (requires registration) which checks your spelling and grammar and enhances text readability. You can also download 1Checker software for free.
VirtualWritingTutor is a free grammar checker that finds common spelling and grammar errors for learners of English as a second language. It is quick and easy to use with good feedback.
LanguageTool is a free online style and grammar proofreading service in more than 20 languages. You can also download LanguageTool software for free.
Grammar Check offers a free spelling, style and grammar check.
SpellCheckPlus has a free online grammar checking tool (limited to 250 words at a time).
Proofread Bot checks the style and grammar of your text and gives you an extremely detailed report (limited to one free proofreading of 600 words per week).
Reverso online spellchecker checks grammar and spelling (limited to 600 characters).
Ginger is a free online proofreader for up to 600 words. The online proofreader didn’t work for me for some reason, but they have a fantastic free software to download which works across all text on your computer including emails.