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Grammar Checkers: Comparisons

 

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Occasionally, Linguisoft receives a request for comparisons of Grammarian PRO2 with other grammar checkers. A recent barrage of similar online arrivals has suddenly appeared, and many people cannot sort the media hype, cannot decipher differences, and cannot determine what would really help them. Nothing speaks better than comparison tests. So, I pulled a quick reference from an online review article and tested Grammarian PRO2 X along with Microsoft Word, the Apple Mac OS X built-in checker, and some online checkers. If you look closely, you'll see the similarities. These are the results:

Test Summary

Scores:

  Grammar Check - Caught Caught Grammar Check - Not Caught No
Grammarian PRO2 17 3
Microsoft Word 7 13
Grammarly 4 16
Ginger 4 16
Apple Mac (built-in) 3 17
1checker 2 18
After the Deadline 1 19
grammarcheck.net 1 19

 

1. In these tests, Grammarian PRO2 leads.

2. The tests show that some of the online checkers are of the same code.

3. The samples are from an unbiased online review.


The following test examples are from a random online review: Grammarly doesn't do all it claims to do (Note 8-12-16: This review was removed and replaced with Grammarly advertising immediately after we published this article.)

The Test Samples:

Obvious spelling errors

I definately love cats.

1checker - No
After the Deadline - Yes
Ginger - Yes
grammarcheck.net - Yes
Grammarly - No
Apple Mac (built-in) - Yes
Microsoft Word - Yes + wrong grammar catch on 'I' use of first person
Grammarian PRO2 - Yes

Less obvious spelling errors

I got a letter form my girlfriend.

1checker - No
After the Deadline - No
Ginger - Yes
grammarcheck.net - No
Grammarly - No
Apple Mac (built-in) - No
Microsoft Word - No + wrong grammar catch on 'letter form'
Grammarian PRO2 - Yes

She said she wont ever stop loving me.

1checker - Yes
After the Deadline - No
Ginger - Yes
grammarcheck.net - No
Grammarly - No
Apple Mac (built-in) - No
Microsoft Word - Yes
Grammarian PRO2 - Yes

Grammar and punctuation mistakes

I don't understand it's point.

1checker - No + wrong catch on "don't understand"
After the Deadline - No
Ginger - Yes
grammarcheck.net - No
Grammarly - Yes
Apple Mac (built-in) - Yes
Microsoft Word - Yes
Grammarian PRO2 - Yes

The term paper had no typo's.

1checker - No
After the Deadline - No
Ginger - Yes
grammarcheck.net - No
Grammarly - No
Apple Mac (built-in) - No
Microsoft Word - No
Grammarian PRO2 - No

So the student and me had a talk after class.

1checker - No
After the Deadline - No
Ginger - Yes
grammarcheck.net - No
Grammarly - No
Apple Mac (built-in) – No
Microsoft Word - No
Grammarian PRO2 - Yes

I said it was well written, however the argument was confusing.

1checker - No + wrong catch on "said"
After the Deadline - No
Ginger - No
grammarcheck.net - No
Grammarly - Partially
Apple Mac (built-in) - No
Microsoft Word - Yes
Grammarian PRO2 - Yes

Commonly confused words

I made a concerted effort.

1checker - No
After the Deadline - No
Ginger - No
grammarcheck.net - No
Grammarly - No
Apple Mac (built-in) - No
Microsoft Word - No + wrong catch of 'I' use of first person
Grammarian PRO2 - No

The politicians make it hard for anyone to affect change.

1checker - No + wrong catch on "make it hard"
After the Deadline - No
Ginger - No
grammarcheck.net - No
Grammarly - No
Apple Mac (built-in) - No
Microsoft Word - No
Grammarian PRO2 - Yes

No one cares about the corral reefs.

1checker - No
After the Deadline - No
Ginger - No
grammarcheck.net - No
Grammarly - No
Apple Mac (built-in) - No
Microsoft Word - No
Grammarian PRO2 - Yes

Redundancies

We have various different specialties.

1checker - No
After the Deadline - No
Ginger - No
grammarcheck.net - No
Grammarly - No
Apple Mac (built-in) - No
Microsoft Word - No
Grammarian PRO2 - Yes

You and I are equally as good at tennis.

1checker - Yes
After the Deadline - No
Ginger - No
grammarcheck.net - No
Grammarly - Yes, but falsely flags other errors
Apple Mac (built-in) - No
Microsoft Word - No + wrong catch of I
Grammarian PRO2 - Yes

The general consensus is that you're better.

1checker - No + wrong catch on "is that you"
After the Deadline - No
Ginger - No
grammarcheck.net - No
Grammarly - No, and falsely flags other errors
Apple Mac (built-in) - No + wrong catch on you're
Microsoft Word - Yes
Grammarian PRO2 - Yes

The whole entire world is wrong.

1checker - No + false flag of "is wrong"
After the Deadline - No
Ginger - No
grammarcheck.net - No
Grammarly - No, and falsely flags other errors
Apple Mac (built-in) - No
Microsoft Word - Yes with incorrect suggestion
Grammarian PRO2 - Yes

Questionable style choices

This was the 11th time it had happened.

1checker - No
After the Deadline - No
Ginger - No
grammarcheck.net - No
Grammarly - No
Apple Mac (built-in) - No
Microsoft Word - No
Grammarian PRO2 - Yes

Troublesome compounds

I refuse to cleanup after you.

1checker - No
After the Deadline - No
Ginger - No
grammarcheck.net - No
Grammarly - No
Apple Mac (built-in) - No
Microsoft Word - No + wrong catch of 'I' use of first person
Grammarian PRO2 - Yes

We are already to go.

1checker - No
After the Deadline - No
Ginger - No
grammarcheck.net - No
Grammarly - No
Apple Mac (built-in) - No
Microsoft Word - No
Grammarian PRO2 - No

Your tardiness has become an every day thing.

1checker - No
After the Deadline - No
Ginger - No, and falsely flags other errors
grammarcheck.net No
Grammarly - Yes
Apple Mac (built-in) - No
Microsoft Word - No
Grammarian PRO2 - Yes

New words, colloquialisms, and nonstandard variants

Next week is a whole nother season.

1checker - No
After the Deadline - No
Ginger - No
grammarcheck.net No
Grammarly - No
Apple Mac (built-in) - Yes
Microsoft Word- Yes
Grammarian PRO2 - Yes

Let's hope she can afford preventative care.

1checker - No + false flag of "let's"
After the Deadline - No
Ginger - No
grammarcheck.net No
Grammarly - No
Apple Mac (built-in) - No
Microsoft Word - No
Grammarian PRO2 - Yes

 

 

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