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Review: Hemingway – Online Spelling and Grammar Checker

Hemingway

Hemingway
8.75

Features

7/10

    Compatibility

    10/10

      Easy of Use

      8/10

        Cost

        10/10

          Pros

          • Free
          • No Registration

          Cons

          • Online Only
          • Can't open or save

          What does it do?

          Hemingway takes a body of text and checks it for spelling, grammar, and style/readability.

          The first two functions are commonplace in any word processor and most text editors – it’s the style and readability check that is interesting.

          Paste or write a piece of text in Hemingway and it will automatically give you a “reading level” – indicating how complex or difficult to understand your piece of text is – and will give you examples of how to resolve any complexities.

          Checks include

          • Long sentences
          • Sentences that are hard to read
          • Use of the passive voice

          Hemingway also recommends stripping out adverbs, which is something I don’t always agree with.

          Hemingway would suggest I rewrite the text above as:

          Hemingway takes a body of text and checks it for spelling, grammar, and style/readability.

          The first two functions are commonplace in any word processor and most text editors. It’s the style and readability check that is interesting.

          Paste or write a piece of text in Hemingway and it will automatically give you a “reading level”. This tells you how complex or difficult to understand your piece of text is. Hemingway will also give you examples of how to resolve any complexities.

          Why would you use it?

          You may want to apply Hemingway’s style rules to your prose. It would certainly, in my view, suit any kind of non-fiction writing where clarity is paramount.

          Some Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) experts also believe that Google’s algorithm favours pages that are “easy” to read. This may because they are deemed more accessible to the average user or it may be because Google’s algorithms find it easier to parse and understand text that is clearer and easier to understand in the first place.

          What doesn’t it do?

          Hemingway, on the web, doesn’t have a native way of loading or saving files, so any content has to copy and pasted to another editor for saving.

          The desktop version of Hemingway doesn’t suffer from this problem but is Windows only.

           

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