I was never the best at spelling or grammar, and have always relied way too heavily on spell checker. Although the spell checker gets most of my hastily typed spelling mistakes, I always lave a lot of grammar mistakes in the document. Below is a list of things I like to check when I do my last proof read.
Grammar and Spelling Checklist
- Search (CTRL + F) for these:
- "there", "their" and every "they're". (I often get these wrong)
- "it's" and "its".
- "your" and "you're".
- "to", "too" and "two". (it's quite embarrassing I still make this typo)
Due to the way I edit sentences by selecting and dragging sections of text I'm often left with joining words missing or out of place - so it's a good idea to read it allowed - because reading your head you tend to skip these words.
And then I get someone to proof-read for common little typos such as saying "ever" instead of "every" and so on.
- The words "in order to" can usually be replaced by "to"
- Words like "essentially", "fundamentally" and so on are usually unnecessary
- expresso-app.org - A great tool to paste in your text and can identify filler words. It's pretty cool, because you can click the different potential issues (like "late predicates") and even see which words you use really frequently and click a few of them to replace with synonyms!