Tag Archives: grammar



The squirrel proof bird feeder, by Kathi, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

Everyone makes mistakes when they write and so everyone has to proofread. But it can be hard to spot mistakes in your own work, because you know what you meant to write and that stops you seeing what you actually did write. This post from The Writing Centre of the University of Wisconsin – Madison has some tips to help you proofread.


Don’t ignore the green squiggly lines in Word


Green Vine Snake, Sinharaja forest reserve by Ziman Zimanovich, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

Word has a grammar checking facility that places green squiggly lines underneath sentences and phrases in which it finds a grammatical issue. Although a lot of people find this annoying and turn it off, it is actually very helpful. It is almost always right and paying attention to it will help you to write better. Sometimes it suggests things I don’t agree with, and in that case you can tell it to ignore the situation on that occasion. But if nothing else it makes me reconsider the sentence and whether the way I have written it really is the best way. You can also customise it to spot certain issues like double spacing and so on.

In this posting, Beth Oyler, a writing tutor from Walden University Writing Center, explains more.