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Hemingway Editor

By Stephanie Trautman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Editing tool finds common errors, lacks any explanations.

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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Terrible, waste of money

Please do not purchase this app. It is terrible. It highlights adverbs and long sentences. Besides that, it has no other functions.
age 10+

Just Okay

While Hemingway Editor may seem to appeal to everyone, it really only appeals to elementary school through middle school. I'm a college student and I'm constantly putting in my papers and my complex sentences and words are being told that they're too hard to read. Well that's not really helping me. My paper is subjected to an audience that has had years of English and grammar classes. Yes, my paper will be a little more difficult for a sixth grader to understand, but not for college students. I think the site really helps with passive and active voice. I love that it highlights sentences because then I'm constantly revising and editing. I just wish there were different sections for this site. For example, editing for grade school where they focus on grammar and spelling and sentence structure. For middle school it focuses more on getting them to write more complex sentences while checking the grammar. High school and college should also have the grammar feature, but the site should know that the writing is going to be for a mature audience and not for elementary students. But overall, I think it's a great site to use.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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The site is designed to help improve writing, but if you're not aware of grammar or editing processes, you may walk away slightly confused. Hemingway Editor is easy to use: You can cut and paste your writing into the editor or write on the space provided on the site. The Editing mode color-codes aspects of a submission that need editing. It's helpful for young writers (especially teens) because it provides document information, such as how many paragraphs are included, along with the sentence, word, character, and letter counts. It even states how long it takes to read the piece of writing.

Hemingway Editor also gives a sense of readability, rating a submission with a grade level with which it would coincide. The largest problem, which hampers the effectiveness of the site, is that the editor only tells writers what to change, not why to change it. It's important that young writers not only edit and revise their writing but also know why they're changing things. Students who aren't well-versed in grammar rules may find themselves more confused about the edits provided than enlightened by them. As a result, Hemingway Editor is a decent tool to check how strong a completed written piece may be, but its lack of explanation keeps it from being the best site for budding writers.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading : writing, writing clearly
  • Skills: Self-Direction : academic development, Communication : conveying messages effectively
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free (The website is free to use, but the desktop app (called Hemingway Editor 2.0) is $9.99 to download.)
  • Last updated: September 15, 2020

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