What is Grammarly?

by DannyUK

In a day and age where autocorrect is quicker than consulting a dictionary, and when grammar standards are slipping there is finally a new solution on offer. Grammarly is an add-in which allows you to spell-check and grammar-check your work as you go.

I know what you’re thinking. Microsoft Word offers the same thing. Yes, it does, but in my opinion the grammar section of Word leaves a lot to be desired. Grammarly has - so far - been far more adept at picking things up.

Grammarly claims the following:

Grammarly improves communication among the world’s 2+ billion native and non-native English writers. Our flagship product, the Grammarly® Editor, corrects contextual spelling mistakes, checks for more than 250 common grammar errors, enhances vocabulary usage and provides citation suggestions.

Simply put, it’s not going to change your life. It should, however, improve your writing. Perhaps not to an extent that it will alter your content, but certainly to the point where it will pick up basic errors in spelling and punctuation.

Like Word, Grammarly will pick up mistakes as you write (thanks to their handy Chrome plug-in).  That means that when I incorrectly spell a word, it almost immediately underlines it in red to let you know of the error, and gives you suggestions as to what the word should be.

Grammarly live example

As if to prove a point, here’s a screenshot from this very blog post.

You can also leave amendments to the end and review the document as a whole, much as you would do with the “Spelling & Grammar” button in Word.

What I like about it is that it also capture grammatically incorrect pieces of text too, and it seems to do so far better than Microsoft Word has ever done. It also claims to capture plagiarism by checking your text against billions of web pages, but for me that’s not a feature I’m ever likely to use.

Grammarly example

The example that Grammarly gives…

I’ve used Grammarly for several weeks now, and although I would perhaps argue that it’s still not the perfect grammar editor, it’s probably as good as you’re likely to get at the moment.  It’s certainly useful for picking up silly spelling errors and making suggestions for adding or removing the odd comma here and there.

It’s still easy for mistakes to slip through the net though, as you can see here.  Grammarly picked up the word “sue” didn’t seem in context with the sentence, but suggested “due” rather than “use” which is what I was aiming for.

Grammarly screenshot

Grammarly has the option to upgrade from the free software that I use to one with a monthly subscription, which would then capture the “Advanced issues” listed below.  However, Grammarly Premium doesn’t come cheap, with subscriptions ranging between $11.66 (approximately £7.50 if bought as an annual subscription) and $29.95 (approximately £19.20 if paid for monthly.)

As a blogger, the free version suits me just fine.

Click on the "Open Grammarly" button to be shown what's wrong and given the opportunity to amend it.

Click on the “Open Grammarly” button to be shown what’s wrong and given the opportunity to amend it.

You can check out Grammarly on their website at grammarly.com

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