How to Easily Check Grammar Before Posting on Social Media

By Cam Velasco

CEO & Co-Founder
Published: Apr 10, 2024
Write with confidence on social—master clear, error-free social media content with these proofreading tips and tools.
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Ensuring your social media posts are error-free in grammar and spelling is crucial for maintaining professionalism and clarity. This guide introduces easy-to-use tools and practical tips for proofreading your content effectively. 

Use Simple, Active Sentences

It’s best to write in a way that’s straight to the point. Use sentences that have one main idea and say it plainly. Also, try to say things in an active way, where it’s clear who is doing what. 

For example, we appreciate your feedback, or our team is reviewing your request. This sounds better and more lively than the passive way, which can be unclear or dull. Avoid saying your feedback is appreciated, or Your request is being reviewed.

Using an active voice makes your writing feel alive.

Avoid Jargon and Slang

Stay away from words that only certain people will get, like industry-specific terms or slang, unless you’re sure everyone will understand. Ask yourself if someone who doesn’t know much about your topic would get what you’re saying. If not, try to use simpler words or explain what those special words mean. Keeping things clear is key.

Check Grammar & Adapt Tone to the Audience

Think about who you’re talking to on each social media platform, and adjust how you write to match. LinkedIn is usually more formal than Instagram or Twitter. Also, if you’re talking to business people, they might like a no-nonsense approach with facts and expertise. But everyday folks might prefer something friendlier and more casual. Changing your style to fit each place can help you connect better with different groups.

Tools and Techniques for Checking Grammar

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Automated Grammar Checkers

Using tools like Grammarly, Ginger, and Scribens can help you spot mistakes in grammar and spelling, and where to put commas or periods before you share something online. These tools look over what you’ve written and point out what needs fixing.

Key features:

Grammarly checks a bunch of stuff like grammar, spelling, and where to put commas. It helps you pick better words. It also advises on how to sound better. You can add it to your browser or phone. There’s a free version and a version you pay for.

Ginger, Is good at finding grammar and spelling mistakes and can suggest different ways to say something. There’s a free version but it doesn’t do as much.

Limitations:

These tools aren’t perfect. Sometimes they might point out something as a mistake when it’s not They can’t replace a real person checking your work. They might miss some errors.

Browser Spell Check Features

Most web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Safari can check your spelling and basic grammar while you’re writing online.

To enable, In Chrome, go to the menu, then settings, find ‘Language and input settings’, and turn on spell check. If you want to use Firefox to check grammar, go to the menu, then options, find ‘Language and Appearance’, and make sure ‘Check to spell’ is on.

Practical Steps to Check Grammar  Before Hitting Publish

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Review for Common Mistakes

Before you post anything on social media, it’s a good idea to look over your text for easy-to-mix-up words and grammar slip-ups. Here are a few to watch out for:

  • Its vs. it’s
  • Their vs. they’re vs. there
  • Too vs. to vs. two
  • Your vs. you’re
  • Affect vs. effect
  • Than vs. then
  • Loose vs. lose
  • Of vs. Have

Read your post again and make sure you’re using these words right. Pay special attention to words that sound the same but mean different things.

Use Emojis and Hashtags Wisely

Emojis and hashtags can make people notice your social media posts more. But if you use too many, your post might look messy or not serious.

When adding emojis stick to 1-2 per post and choose ones that fit what you’re saying.

For hashtags use 1-3 that are on topic and avoid adding too many off-topic tags.

Use these carefully to highlight your main points without making them too busy.

Conclusion

Making sure your social media posts are free from spelling and grammar mistakes is important if you want to look professional and make your point clear. Since social media is a big way we talk to each other today, we can’t let sloppy errors make us look bad.

The great news is, that with all the tools and tips we’ve talked about, finding and fixing mistakes before you post is easier than ever. Here are some simple steps to make sure your social media writing is top-notch:

Paying attention to your grammar and spelling, and making sure your message fits the style of each social media platform, will help your content make a good impression. People will keep coming back to a page that shows it cares about quality – not just in what you say, but in how you say it.

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