Grammar Check

My sons are sticklers about words being spelled correctly and general grammar. I’m not sure where they got it, but it’s actually a pretty nice skill to have around the house. Whenever I am writing something that I really want worded well, I pass it over to them for a quick check. They catch mistakes that I never would have noticed and re-word things in much better ways.

Yesterday I heard them talking about “Grammarly”. They were writing an email to an online vendor about exchanging a pair of pants they had bought. When they ask me what they should say, I generally say “Something quick and simple, like ‘I want to exchange a pair of pants. What do I do?’ ” Apparently that’s just not good enough for them. After some time, they sent this.

“I would like to exchange some TLD pants that are too big. Also, in the same order I bought a Sunline shifter for a 2001 yz125 and I’m afraid that it does not fit, so I would like to return that, if possible.”


“I would like to exchange the pants for the same ones, just a different size. I installed the shifter on my bike, and it appears that the splined hole that goes around the shift shaft is too large. No matter how much I tighten the bolt, it wiggles and can move side to side on the shaft.”

And then,

“I have attached a video showing how the shift lever does not fit. In the video, it is torqued to 90 lbs-in, which is 2 lbs-in tighter than the stock value. I would like to exchange the pants for a size down, 36″.”

I’m just showing you what he wrote, not the vendor’s replies, mostly because I’m always amazed at how well they write and converse with others. We’ve never had “language arts” in the traditional academic sense. We’ve read together. We’ve written some things. We’ve played a lot of word games like Mad Libs and Scrabble. Here they are writing emails to people, commenting on videos and Facebook posts, and answering and asking questions on online forums.

That’s when I heard about Grammarly. The younger one said he uses it all the time and it’s great because it actually finds things that spellcheck doesn’t. The older one said he didn’t use it until now because he thought it just did the same thing as spellcheck. I asked about it and they showed it to me. We are all amazed and still wonder how in the world it works.

And no, I didn’t ask them to proofread this…but I may ask Grammarly!