How WriteLab Helps Improve Your Grammar

How WriteLab Helps Improve Your Grammar

In the world of text message abbreviations, memes, and 140-character Tweets, correct grammar is often neglected. However, appropriate grammar is essential if you want your writing to be taken seriously. 

Readers don’t trust the claims or ideas in a piece of text that’s filled with errors in spelling, word usage, and punctuation. Even worse, a text with many errors is often difficult to comprehend. Attention to grammar is a must if you want to create a clear, polished, professional piece of writing.

WriteLab can give you feedback related to sentences, subject-verb agreement, common errors, articles, typos, punctuation, and more. Not only will this help you polish your writing on the spot, but you’ll also learn about grammar as you read and use WriteLab’s suggestions.

WriteLab also offers a free Chrome extension that checks your spelling and grammar in e-mails, social media posts, job applications, and other types of online writing directly in your browser.

Sentences

In order to have a complete sentence, you need a subject, a verb, and a complete thought. A sentence that doesn’t have all three of these elements is called a fragment. WriteLab helps you recognize and revise fragments in your writing.

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Fragments are glaring errors that make your writing choppy and difficult to understand, so WriteLab ensures that you avoid this grammatical mistake.

Subject-Verb Agreement

A verb and its subject should always agree in number (singular or plural) and person (first person “I” or “we,” second person “you,” or third person “he,” “she,” “it,” or “they”). The WriteLab app identifies subject-verb disagreement and suggests that you correct these errors.

The app also recommends that you correctly pair “there is” and “there are” with nouns. For example, if you wrote, “There is cookies in the kitchen,” WriteLab might recommend that you change “is” to the plural “are.”

Singular nouns must always be paired with singular verbs, and plural nouns (cookies) must be paired with plural verbs (are).

Common Errors

The WriteLab app can identify common errors, such as commonly confused words, and help you revise them. For instance, people often forget to pair “either” with “or” and “neither” with “nor.” WriteLab encourages you to match these terms correctly.

The software also helps you distinguish between “less” and “fewer.” You should use “fewer” when you’re writing about items that can be counted and “less” for items that can’t.

For example, consider the sentence, “There are less cupcakes in the kitchen than there were before.” Since cupcakes are countable, WriteLab would suggest changing the sentence to, “There are fewer cupcakes in the kitchen than there were before.”

Another common error corrected by WriteLab is the use of double negatives. If you wrote, “Nobody told me nothing about it,” WriteLab would suggest replacing “nothing” with “anything.”

Even small details make a difference in the way that your writing is perceived by others, and WriteLab’s suggestions help you make the right impression.

Articles

WriteLab points out the incorrect use of indefinite articles like “a” and “an” so you can revise these errors and ensure that your sentences are written correctly. Typically, “a” is used before words that begin with a consonant, and “an” is used before words beginning with a vowel or a silent “h.”

WriteLab also informs you when your sentence is missing an article, such as in the sentence, “Tulip is my favorite flower.”

WriteLab would suggest the revision, “The tulip is my favorite flower.” The edited version of the sentence makes more sense and is grammatically correct.

Typos

When you’re rushing to meet a deadline, or when your ideas are moving faster than your fingers on the keyboard, it’s easy to make careless errors or typos. Fortunately, WriteLab helps you identify and correct these mistakes.

If you wrote the sentence, “It’s an another day,” WriteLab would draw your attention to the error and encourage you to delete the “an.”

By fixing typos, you can ensure that your writing is professional and free of embarrassing errors.

Punctuation

Punctuation can be tricky, but correct punctuation is necessary to help your readers clearly understand the meaning of your words. WriteLab guides you through revising punctuation errors so your message is understandable and correctly punctuated. For example, the software points out missing and unnecessary commas.

WriteLab also informs you about missing apostrophes. In the sentence, “Its hot outside,” WriteLab would recommend saying, “It’s hot outside” instead. “It’s” with an apostrophe means, “It is,” which is clearly the intention of the original sentence.

Grammar Recap

Without correct grammar, your writing will look rushed and sloppy—and readers won’t take your message seriously.

WriteLab’s helpful suggestions about punctuation, common errors, subject-verb agreement, and more help you create a final draft that is error-free and easy for readers to understand.

Grammar Checklist

  • Ensure that your sentences have a subject, a verb, and a complete thought to avoid fragments.
  • Select subject and verbs that agree with one another in number (singular or plural) and person (first, second, or third).
  • Pair “neither” with “nor” and “either” with “or.”
  • Use “fewer” when referring to items that can be counted and “less” when discussing items that can’t. 
  • Avoid the use of double negatives.
  • The indefinite article “a” should be used before words beginning with a consonant, while the indefinite article “an” should be used before words starting with a vowel or a silent “h.”
  • Make sure that you always use articles when necessary so that your sentences are clear and correct.
  • Use a comma before a restrictive phrase.
  • Don’t use a comma between a month and a year.
  • When using contractions, remember to include an apostrophe.

To learn more tips and tricks for using appropriate grammar in your writing, review WriteLab’s Guide.

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