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How it works

Enter one to three words, phrases, or sentences into the text fields above and press the button Compare. Our sentence checker will search the web and count the number of occurrences for each entry. Expressions with many hits are popular and might be safe to use in your written English. Expressions with zero or only few hits are probably incorrect or awkward.

Example: Let’s say you are are not sure if you should write this document aims to explain something, or aims at explaining something. Enter the two alternative forms in TextRanch:

  1. aims to explain
  2. aims at explaining

Press the button ‘Compare’ and you will quickly find out the answer.

The results shows that both the first and the second forms are used, while the third one is incorrect. The first form is somewhat preferred to the second one, although the subject is a little bit controversial. You can read more about it in this post “aim at/aim to” on WordReference. Using our English sentence checker you can instantaneously ask the advice of millions of writers and get the results in a concise and clear form. See this example now.

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Who Can Use It?

TextRanch is designed to help people writing in English. Whether you are facing the challenges of academic, technical or business writing, or you are just writing an email to a friend in a different country, this free tool can help you make sure your English makes sense.

Why am I always getting zero hits?

If you check long sentences with many specific words, chances are that you will get zero hits. For example, if you write “I live in El Dorado Springs and I go to the university in Kansas City“, our tool will not find any match, even if your sentence is correct. Try to use as few words as possible. For example, you might want to compare “go to the university” and “go at the university“.
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Sentence checker

Enter two words, phrases, or sentences into the text fields above and press the button Compare.
Our sentence checker will search the web and count the number of occurrences for each entry. Expressions with many hits are popular and might be safe to use in your written English. Expressions with zero or only few hits are probably incorrect or awkward. Click here to see how it works.

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