Mar 5, 2011

A Useful Tool for English Writing

The Microsoft Research ESL Assistant is a free web service that provides correction suggestions for typical ESL (English as a Second Language) errors (e.g., the choice of determiners “the” or “a” , and the choice of prepositions) and word choice suggestions from a thesaurus.

In order to help the user make decisions on whether to accept a suggestion, the service displays "before and after" web search results so that the user can see real-life examples of the usage of both their original input and the suggested correction.

The ESL Assistant is easy to use.

Step 1: Go to the website at
Step 2: Type or paste your text in the upper box.
Step 3: Click “Check” then you will see the suggestions in the lower box.

That’s it!

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