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| || |I was looking for an online grammar checker like Duden for german, is there anything similar for english, but free?
so far I have found Grammarly, but it is quite expensive.
is it good? does anyone use these online instruments? which is the best?
as a pleasant side effect, help me improve the language quality of my EF posts
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Not tried them. Hopefully as an educated native speaker I shouldn't need to
But I do recall when grammar checking was on by default in various MS Office editions over the years, that in very many cases it was very proscriptive about application of rules, such as use of 'the passive voice' in a way entirely inconsistent with real-life modern usage.
In point of fact there are no universally-accepted 'rules' about how English is used, but just because there aren't any rules doesn't mean you can get away with breaking them
Edit: Just ran this text through the MS Word grammar check and it's passed without comment, so maybe things have improved a bit since I last used it.