Grabbin Some Grammar, Innit ๐ŸคŸ

Sometimes I am inundated with advertising which states I need Grammarly. So, I tested it with a few paragraphs from the Masters ๐Ÿ˜‰

The first paragraph from The Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel came up with a score of 86/100 with two commas missing and if I go Premium there are a further 3 alerts, including 2 Potentially Sensitive Language issues and another punctuation error.

The first few lines of Atonement, Ian McEwan, the Observer cites it as one of the greatest 100 novels ever written. It gained a score of 96/100. I was asked to remove the ‘a’ before ‘lunch’ and if I pay for Premium they will tell me why it has ‘hard – to – read – text’ lol.


Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, still used in UK schools as part of the GCSE curriculum. The first paragraph gained a miserly score of 87/100 with 5 alerts of misspellings, although to be fair 4 were full stops after Mr or Mrs which we don’t do anymore. But if I pay for Premium they will explain the problems with passive voice misuse and intricate text.


Finally The Overstory, Richard Powers’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel 2019. A score of 90/100, 4 alerts ascertaining to, missing comma, incorrect noun use and 2 spelling mistakes. If you pay for Premium there are a further 6 alerts – Word choice, passive voice misuse, punctuation and 2 monotonous sentences.

Monotonous?? It’s a Pulitzer for gawd’s sake ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

I put this post into Grammarly and my score is the same as Hemingway’s, so Pulitzer here I come ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

Now I wonder if the young lady on the telly who tells us we need Grammarly to write a really good novel is… possibly wrong. ๐Ÿ™‚

About charliecountryboy

Part-time Carpentry Assessor. writer, runner, guitarist. Curious about life and all those wonderful people in it.
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59 Responses to Grabbin Some Grammar, Innit ๐ŸคŸ

  1. James says:

    Maybe, I should, get it, because, I’m really really really slightly worried, that I, sometimes, write long and boring, often very, boring, repetitive sentences, that repeat themselves and, possibly use, too many commas, in the wrong places, but mainly because they’re boring and repetitive.

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  2. Charlie, this is beyond clever. Well done, my friend!

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  3. Ana Daksina says:

    This is great! Iโ€™m unable to reblog so am forwarding this via copy and paste to my readers at sister site Poetic Justice, with credit

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  4. Love this idea. Maybe there’s hope for us all now!

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  5. Food for thought. ๐Ÿ˜

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  6. Carolyn Page says:

    Hahah… Yes, Charlie, the pros simply know how to engage the reader; punctuation and word misuse included, of course!
    Still chuckling!

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  7. The Hinoeuma says:

    Grammar is something I did well in for school. However, I will always fight an Oxford comma.

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  8. Invisibly Me says:

    I ain’t never used grammerly but i dont think i need it; no i dont.

    It pains me to write like that. I’ve never used it but it’s an interesting tool, albeit one I wouldn’t think is necessary beyond spotting obvious but overlooked obvious errors, like where a full stop has been missed and not picked up on. Your post is destined for a Pulitzer, Charlie, I’m sure of it!

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  9. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  10. ChecheWinnie says:

    You are observant indeed ๐Ÿค

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  11. Atonement.. i have read this but can’t remember much..

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  12. Haha ๐Ÿ˜บwhat a fun post… well, even greatest make mistakes ๐Ÿ™‚ we all r humans.
    Ah, it also gives me hope… ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  13. Good post! After using the grammar/context checker on Word I have little faith in such things. I’m sure it’s great if you want to write like an American robot. According to an article I just read the future of writing is Artificial Intelligence.

    I did think of adding a barbed comment about the problem with ‘Atonement’ being more than an extra ‘a’ but I won’t bother.

    Just continue writing as you do – entertainment and character are always better than perfection.

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  14. dessertflower5 says:

    God writing has so much changed since. A thought provoking blog.

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  16. A. says:

    Interesting!! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’•

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  17. All depends on what language your novel portrays.. Upper english or local slang.. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  18. englepip says:

    Read Ulysses by James Joyce to Grammarly and it will lose its mind! ;_0

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  19. chattykerry says:

    That’s hilarious! I think that grammar evolves just like language. My writing reflects my cadence and dialect, innit…

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  20. Grammarly, my arse! What people, in general, have the most trouble with is a lack of focus! People quickly grow impatient, are lazy and careless. So, having so-called perfect grammar isn’t going to improve their writing one bit!

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  21. Haha… Very clever!

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  22. I’ve found that the grammar checker as part of Word does an adequate job of alerting me to something that might be wrong. If in doubt I google and learn. Grammarly. Ugh. Paying for a 4th grade grammar teacher? No thank you. Excellent post!

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  23. I am trying to convince a friend that her manuscript need not be perfect as far as grammar issues go. Great post. You don’t ask a real writer to adhere to all the “rules” since these rules are actually a bit buggy and rules are meant to be broken, right?

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