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5 Reasons You Should Stop Relying on Grammar Checkers

Spelling and grammar checkers can be an incredibly useful tool. They provide a great proofreading service that ensures your content, whether it be an email, blog post or social media post, is up to scratch. But they do present some problems and aren't always the most reliable.


So just why should you take a step back from the software?


Homophonic Errors

The English language is one of the hardest languages to learn. So, it may not be surprising to find that it contains plenty of homophones – words that sound the same as others but are spelt differently and have different meanings. There are plenty of programmes out there that don't pick up on these. Words such as 'threw' and 'through' can be easily confused and overlooked and, if you're relying on the software to pick these out for you, can result in your work appearing subpar and uninformed.



Some typos aren't always recognised. If you've written a word that isn't technically a typo, they won't necessarily get picked up. For example, typing 'in' instead of 'I', you'll find they aren't always spotted by the programme as it isn't spelt wrong. As a result, your work can still contain incorrect spelling.



Grammar checkers often don't offer the capacity for learning from your mistakes - all it takes is a simple click for an issue to be rectified. While there are programmes that do offer explanations as to why something was a mistake, such as Grammarly, it's a lot easier and less time consuming to just skip through.

It's important to learn from your mistakes as, for example, if you're writing in a programme that has no form of checking, you won't have the knowledge to ensure your writing is correct. This could backfire if you're sending texts or IM's to someone of importance.


Badly Formed Sentences

There are plenty of punctuation and grammatical errors such as double hyphens, misplaced modifiers and redundancies that can, and have been, overlooked by checkers. Submitting writing that is full of these mistakes can reflect badly on you, so it's important to keep your punctuation in check.


They Can Be Wrong

The programmes out there often don't have access to up to date neologisms, slang and jargon. This can be a problem as some expressions can be picked up as incorrect, despite them being perfectly fine.


Regardless of what sort of content you're creating, it's important to go through your work to ensure you're completely error free as relying on a program completely can leave you with some hefty issues. Make sure you proofread your work alongside whatever tech tool you use and take the time to learn from any reported mistakes. We guarantee you'll find the quality of your work vastly improving.


If you're concerned about the quality of your writing, get in touch with Team Trailblazer. The team have been writing high quality content for a range of purposes for years, gaining vast experience in a range of sectors. As a result, all of our work is top notch and will satisfy your needs. Get in touch today by calling 01453 887777 or email us via

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