It happens to the best of us. Word usage, passive voice, tone, and my favorite compound sentences. If you are a student, freelance journalist or blogger like myself at one time or another, the grip of grammar has slipped between your fingers. You've probably heard about Grammarly but didn't think it was necessary to use. I mean, you've been writing English all your life haven't you? You must be a professional by now! Bullshit.
At St. John's University, I took an English course taught by a foreigner. Not only did she proceed to tear my English language skills apart but did so to every student in the class. If having my 3rd-grade teacher from Jamaica tell me my stories were full of rubbish, as an adult, this was even more insulting.
Now because of Grammarly, I get to sulk in private. I get to exclaim "what?!" to myself and fix the issue before it ever surfaces to the public. So can you. I tested one of my blog posts that were already live. "The Dr, Nona" review. The blog post had 18 errors, 2 of which I considered frivolous and 8 of which I corrected immediately. The other 8 I need to upgrade to a paid account to get access to.
You can download Grammarly as an extension to your browser, an app to your iPhone or Macbook or you can be old fashioned and use the webpage.
As you can imagine, this post was also put to the test. However, I only made one mistake. I'm learning already. :D