I know that proofreading is prohibited in this site. However, I'd like to ask if there are free online websites to do that.

I remember once there was a website where I can help people in Spanish/Portuguese and they help me in English.

I attempted searching on Google, but I didn't find anything.

Suggestions are highly appreciated guys.

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    Critique Circle – cobaltduck Jan 7 '16 at 16:13
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    Some have recommended lang-8.com or italki.com in the past, though I have no firsthand experience with them. But please note that requests for resources are also off-topic :). – choster Jan 7 '16 at 16:15
  • @choster you are the one, the website is lang-8. Anyway, it's good to check the other suggestions. – sarah Jan 7 '16 at 16:21
  • @sarah Did my sites work for you. The top two I would choose are paper rater because it – anonymous Jan 7 '16 at 16:23
  • is free and accepts a full paper, and Online correction – anonymous Jan 7 '16 at 16:24
  • @anonymous I'll check them once I arrive home. Thanks for the time you've dedicated to help me. – sarah Jan 7 '16 at 16:25
  • @sarah I have been thinking about asking this question for some time. Good that you did. Thanks :) – Jony Agarwal Jan 7 '16 at 16:46
  • I love Grammarly a lot! – RexYuan Jan 12 '16 at 8:42
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    Try englishforums.com. They like to proofread. – deadrat May 30 '16 at 0:31
  • If you already own a copy of Microsoft Word, or OpenOffice.org, it will do some proofreading automatically. – Jordan Jelinek Jul 12 '17 at 11:47
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    The short and unpopular response would be that if you need professional-quality writing, you should hire a professional-quality writer or editor, rather than cheap, anonymous substitutes. :) – choster Oct 13 '17 at 19:16

I have a few very reliable sources.

Paper Rater

Grammar Check

Spell Check Plus

Polish My Writing

and finally

Online Correction

  • Are these for free or do we need to pay registration fee to get an account? – Jony Agarwal Jan 7 '16 at 16:47
  • @JonyAgarwal You can use them for free with an accurate fix but some have an option for subscribing or using a more advanced fix. Paper Rater is probably the best one. Just click the free use. – anonymous Jan 7 '16 at 16:50
  • Just tried it. Looks great. However, I still wish proofreading was available in EL&U. Some of the tips given after the review are pretty complex ! – Jony Agarwal Jan 7 '16 at 16:58
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    @JonyAgarwal You may be able to ask a specific question about a specific suggestion which has come from proof-reading. Possibly. – Andrew Leach Jan 8 '16 at 9:26

Lang-8.com is a good volunteer-based proofreading portal.

It works on the principle of reciprocity: you proofread a guy or gal's posts in your language, they proofread writing in theirs. Furthermore, the more you've proofread, the higher your reputation is, and this also attracts readers and proofreaders.

  • @Mari-LouA - thank you! Feel free to proofread away my mistakes! – CowperKettle Jan 21 '16 at 17:51
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    Thank you for posting an answer, now we'll be able to post a link to users who ask EL&U to proofread their work. – Mari-Lou A Jan 21 '16 at 17:56

You might try

englishforums.com

You'll need to create a free account. Click on "Forums", the rightmost item in the main menu and scroll down to

Essay, Report & Composition Writing

where you can post your text and people will give you advice even beyond simple proofreading. The site also has an internal messaging system, which can be helpful for one-on-one conversations about your writing. I don't know how many "editors" avail themselves of that facility. I used to.

Give Typely a try. It is a free proofreading application that you can use right away. It has been featured on the frontpage of many news aggregators and is already stable and strong.

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Our main focus is not grammar but we do catch a lot of mistakes while performing over a thousand checks on any given document. You can also check your writing’s sentiment, required education for audience (grade) or reading ease.

Grammarly is a Chrome extension and website that can check grammar for you. Note that it does not work in Google Drive apps. Finally, it can store documents on the webpage on your account.

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    You have a few typos there, mate. Should be "Grammarly is a Chrome extension and website that can't check grammar for you. Note that it does not work." – RegDwigнt Jul 17 at 9:37

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