As you have requested, here is a repost of my answer to "Q: Best
Grammar Site(s) on the Web":
I have not found an authoritative ranking of the best grammar
checkers. The reason is probably that many experts view grammar
checkers as, at best, reasonably good, and at worst, inappropriate for
the typical user. The Google Directory page on grammar (and spelling)
software contains links to three reviews that indicate the range of
"Arts > Writers Resources > Software > Spelling and Grammar"
"MS Word's grammar and style check: A step-by-step customization
guide", by Ron Scheer
Say What You Mean on the Web
"Do grammar checkers work?", by Yu Hong Wei and Graham Davies (1996)
Camsoft Educational Software
"Computer Grammar Checkers and Teaching ESL Writing", by C.J. Wong
Chi James Wong's Home Page
Of course, two of these articles are seven years old, and so you might
hope that the situation has improved. But recent articles are also
"Evaluating Grammar Checkers", by Daniel Kies
"Grammar checkers helpful or harmful?", by Russell Shaw (07/15/2002)
However, if you are aware of the limitations, these articles also
suggest that grammar checkers can be of some use.
A few of these articles consider the grammar checkers bundled into
Microsoft Word and WordPerfect. If you have worked with these
programs, then I presume that you are familiar with these grammar
checkers already. If not, you might want to check them out, despite
the shortcomings mentioned in the articles.
In the absence of authoritative comparative reviews, a reasonable
measure of popularity and credibility is PageRank in the Google
Directory category for grammar software (cited earlier). There are
two grammar checkers specifically mentioned in that category: Grammar
Slammer and Grammarian.
Grammar Slammer and Grammarian are also popular downloads for grammar
software on Download.com, a reputable software download site.
"Search results for grammar"
Grammar Slammer is available from English Plus+.
Grammarian (a Macintosh program) was discontinued by its original
maker. However, it is still being produced by Linguasoft.
"Discontinuation of Grammarian X and Grammarian 2"
Casady & Greene
Another popular download, which I have also come across on some pages
mentioning grammar checkers, is Grammatica, available for English or
French texts from Ultralingua. You can view information on the
Windows and Mac versions here:
"Grammatica Grammar Checker (English): Windows 95, 98, 2000, Me, NT,
"Grammatica Grammar Checker (English): Macintosh OS 10.x"
Finally, I should mention a style checker, mentioned on several pages
that discuss grammar checkers. StyleWriter checks not only for
grammar, but also for style -- for example, for wordy phrases or
complex words. It is available from My Byline Media.
I hope that this information is helpful.
Search terms used on Google:
grammar [also searched for this term in Google Directory]