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You can check your spelling, grammar and style using After the Deadline Proofreading technology using the Spelling and Grammar module in the Jetpack by WordPress.com plugin.

The proofread writing feature checks spelling, misused words, grammar and style.

Proofread Writing

Enable Jetpack Plugin

To get started you first need to activate the Jetpack plugin as follows:

  1. Enable Jetpack using existing WordPress.com account
  2. Enable Jetpack by creating a new WordPress.com account

Set up Proofread Writing

1.  Go to Jetpack > Settings

Jetpack Settings page

2.  Click on Writing tab and activate ‘Check your spelling, style, and grammar’.

  • If the module is not activated yet, it will be grayed out, and a blue “Activate” button will allow you to activate the module.

Activate grammar

Using Proofread Writing

Once you’ve activated the Spelling and Grammar module it adds the Proofread Writing icon to your post/page editor.

You check your writing by clicking on the Proofread Writing icon on your visual editor.

Proofread writing

Proofreading checks spelling, misused words, grammar, style and highlights errors by color.

  • Misused words and spelling errors are red.
  •  Grammar mistakes are green.
  • Style suggestions are blue.

Click on the error to display a menu with suggestions.

Spelling options

Your options are:

  • Use their suggestion.
  • Ignore suggestion – to ignore a phrase once.
  • Ignore always – to permanently ignore and unmark the selected word/phrase.

Proofreading options

Your Proofreading options are configured in Users > Your Profile.

Your Profile

This is where you enable extra proofreading options and edit the phrase ignore list.  You can change these options at any time by making your desired changes and then clicking Update Profile at the bottom of the page.

Proofreading options

Automatically Proofread content

Auto proof read

When automatically proofread content is selected the proofreader will automatically run when you click Publish or update a post (or page).  If the Proofread Writing detects spelling, misused words, grammar or style errors a pop up window will appear.  You click on Cancel to view the suggestions and make the changes.

Proofreading Window

English Grammar and Style Options

By default, the proofread applies many grammar rules.  You can also enable the following options to find patterns of poor writing style:

  • Bias Language – may offend or alienate different groups of readers.
  • Clichés – overused phrases with little reader impact.
  • Diacritical marks –  accents and marks attached to letters in some nouns and words borrowed from other languages. This option helps restore these marks in your writing.
  • Double negative one negative phrase followed by another. The negatives cancel each other out, making the meaning hard to understand.
  • Hidden verb – verb made into a noun. These often need extra verbs to make sense.
  • Jargon phrases – foreign words and phrases that only make sense to certain people.
  • Passive voice – obscures or omits the sentence subject. Frequent use of passive voice makes your writing hard to understand.
  • Phrases to avoid – wishy-washy or indecisive phrases.
  • Redundant phrases – can be shortened by removing an unneeded word.

Language

The Proofread Writing feature can proofread posts written in English, French, German, Portuguese and German.

The language it uses to Proofread writing is automatically detected based on the language you selected in Settings > General.  If you select ‘Use automatically detected language to proofread posts and pages’ the proofreader will detect the language used in the post and use the correct language for proofreading.  You use this option if you publish posts in several languages on the one blog.

Ignored Phrases

Ignore phrases is used to list words and phrases that you want the Proofread Writing to ignore when proofreading your posts and pages. The ignore list is case-sensitive.