I am deeply cynical about automatic writing analysis – you know, those annoying online systems that ‘mark’ your writing for various arbitrary flaws.
Take the Hemingway Writing app. It’s an online tool that ‘makes your writing bold and clear’, according to its own blurb. So I thought I’d write a short test passage which – curiously – got top marks. It had the most accessible reading age, no sentence was hard to read, nothing had a simpler alternative, there was no passive voice, and therefore the passage contained not one single flaw, according to the app. A great piece of writing, apparently.
Uh – really?
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