I’ve been hanging out with Grammarly lately. Not a lot of fun. She’s still the same nit-picking pain she was the last time we got together. No personality, no sense of humour.
To give the program her due, Grammarly has some good points…
Canadian spelling is a mixed bag of U.K. and U.S. practices. Generally, we side with England, writing defence with a C not an S, colour with the addition of a U, and theatre with an RE instead of ER.
Occasionally, we switch allegiance and go with American custom, writing organize with a Z instead of an S, and hemoglobin with an E not an AE.
Not to us, and not to Grammarly.
Canadian spelling is an area where Grammarly absolutely shines, gently reminding me of what is or is not Canadian style.
The girl knows her way around commas and hyphens, too, but she’s a tad bit prejudiced. Grammarly hates Passive Voice and despises ellipses. Those three little dots really piss her off.
In the program’s defence, Grammarly is an excellent teacher, tirelessly patient, and generous with her praise. Whenever I’ve rearranged a sentence to her satisfaction, she gives me a pat on the back and a ‘Well done, you.’
Embarrassing, but true, when that little green check mark pops up, and Grammarly says, “You must have been practicing.” I do a little happy dance.