Grammarly Review: Is Grammarly Worth All The Hype?
Do you make a lot of grammatical and punctuation errors?
Don't worry; you are not the only one to face this problem.
In this era of Twitter and WhatsApp, a vast majority of people have the habit of using the internet lingos. As a result, they make a lot of spelling and grammatical mistakes while writing formal letters or articles.
Even the ones who are good at grammar can end up making typing mistakes. Proofreading the same can be a pain and time-consuming.
Grammarly, an online grammar checking tool, claims to make writing a lot easier by proofreading your content in real time as you type. Off late, it is gaining a lot of popularity and is being used and recommended by many people.
So is Grammarly worth it? Or is it just another Grammar Checking Tool which is over-publicized? We will find out soon in this Review Of Grammarly.
Grammarly Review Summary
Grammar Checking Tool
Grammarly includes all the advanced grammar checking features that you will ever need. It also includes plagiarism checking tool which is useful for bloggers.
It is fairly easy to use Grammarly. You just need to install the browser extension or an app of your choice. Even an internet noob can easily use it.
Value For Money
Most of the features of Grammarly are free. However, for advanced users who are looking for premium features, the monthly price is a bit pricey.
Summary: Grammarly is a freemium grammar checking tool that checks your content for spelling, punctuation and advanced grammatical mistakes in real time. It is a great tool to help you write error-free articles. I have been using it for more than a year, and it helped me big time to improve my writing skills.
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Grammarly Review - Detailed
Grammarly is an Instant Grammar Checker, which proofreads your article as you write for grammatical mistakes, punctuation errors, improper sentence structure and writing style. It offers free as well as premium grammar checking plans.
Grammarly was founded in 2009 by Alex Shevchenko and Max Lytvyn and is headquartered in San Francisco. Its products are licensed by more than 600 universities and corporations. In 2013, it was included in Inc. 500 which is a list of Top 500 fastest growing companies.
Is Grammarly Free?
Grammarly is a grammar checking software that comes with a free as well as a premium version. The latter comes with some additional features.
However, the free version of the Grammarly is free for the lifetime with no obligations to upgrade. So, if you are a casual user, you can use Grammarly as much as you want with no restrictions on documents scanned or mistakes corrected.
To get a clear idea of what you can expect from the free and premium version of Grammarly, let us quickly go through the various features included in each version.
Free Grammarly Features
Grammarly performs over 150+ grammatical checks with a free account. Below are the main features offered by it for free.
1. Spell Checker
Spelling mistakes are one of the most common forms of mistake while writing. They can be very annoying to the readers.
Whenever Grammarly’s algorithm detects a spelling mistake, it judges the context of the word and accordingly suggests you the possible words that you meant to write with the best suggestion at the top. It also checks for commonly misspelled words like using “Loose” instead of “Lose” or “There” instead of “Their.”
As shown in the image above, it gives you a list of all the spelling mistakes on the right side instantly as you type. The speed of proofreading is good too.
Unlike other Grammar Checking Tools, it is mostly accurate with the suggestions and it candetect almost all the spelling mistakes.
2. Grammar Checker
Grammarly uses an intelligent algorithm to detect grammatical errors in your article. In my opinion, it does a great job with the same, especially when compared to other grammar checking tools out there in the market.
However, at times, it does give out wrong recommendations. The worst part is, even if you select the ignore option for a particular suggestion, it pops up again after a page refresh.
This can be very annoying. Though, it is certainly not a deal breaker.
3. Punctuation Checker
To be honest, when I first started blogging, I often ended up skipping commas at important places and adding some redundant commas. Having worked with Grammarly for the past few months, I did improve a lot. But, even now I still end up messing up with it and have to rely on Grammarly to correct the errors.
The above screenshot shows, how easily it detects missing commas, redundant commas and use of a colon instead of a semicolon. What I do not like is that it keeps asking you to add “Series Comma” which is a matter of preference rather than a grammatical mistake.
Use of series comma is highly debatable; some prefer using it, others don’t. Though I belong to the latter category, I end up using it to prevent the tool from showing any errors.
4. Sentence Structure
While spell checker and grammatical errors can solve almost all problems for most users, non-native English speakers often have trouble framing a sentence in a correct way. Grammarly addresses this issue as well.
It checks the article in question for missing words, misplaced words as well as incorrectly framed sentences. This makes sure people who have recently started learning English language or have a poor command over language can also write in English like a Pro.
5. Writing Style
It also checks the article for any errors in writing style which includes use of passive voices and helps to avoid redundancy and wordiness
6. Built-in dictionary
Being from a Non-English speaking country, I must admit, that my Vocabulary is not very strong. Oftentimes while reading articles from writers across the seas, I bump across several new words which I have never heard before.
Earlier, I used to search these words on Google to find the meaning of the same, but Grammarly has made it simpler for me with an inbuilt dictionary. To use this feature, I just need to double tap on a word on any website which opens up a pop-up with the meaning of the word in question.
Grammarly Premium Features
Grammarly Premium comes with some advanced grammar checking options and other features which are not included in the free version.
1. Advanced Grammar Checker
The premium version of Grammarly warns you for the use of Passive Voice, preposition at the end of the sentence, wordiness, tautology, Unclear antecedent, repetitive use of the same word etc. among several other advanced grammatical mistakes.
2. Vocabulary Enhancement
The premium version of Grammarly comes with a Vocabulary enhancement feature that will suggest you to replace the existing words that are repetitively used in your article or otherwise.
Being a blogger, I have to use specific words called Keywords in my articles. However, Grammarly keeps suggesting me to replace these words at several placed. I personally find this feature to be annoying.
However, if you are a student or a casual writer, you may find this feature to be useful.
3. Genre Specific Writing Style Checks
Writing a personal email is entirely different from writing an official email or a medical report. The makers of Grammarly know this fact, and therefore they allow its premium users to select a document type from over 30 different categories.
While this may not make any significant changes to your document, but it does fine-tune the same.
4. Plagiarism Checker
If you are a blogger who accepts guest posts or hires a content writer to write articles for your blog, you need to make sure the article is not copied from elsewhere.
Plagiarism checker can come in handy for you in such cases. It will not only check the article in question for any grammatical errors, but it also checks over 8 million web pages to find if the article has been entirely or partially copied from somewhere else.
In the case the article is copied, it also provides you with the link to the original website so that you can evaluate it yourself and inform your content writer or guest author about the same.
How To Use Grammarly?
To use Grammarly, you must first register a free account with them. You can always upgrade the account later if you wish to go for its premium plans.
Once you create and verify your account, you can use Grammarly in 4 different ways both for Free as well as Premium account.
1. Browser Extension
The best way to use it is through Grammarly Browser extension. As of now, the extension is available only for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.
Once you install the extension, Grammarly will check your grammar, spelling, and punctuation as you type on almost every website including Gmail, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, WordPress, Blogger, etc.
Unfortunately, as of now, this extension does not work with browsers on Mac. So Mac users will have to consider alternate methods. Also, it does not work with Google docs and some popular websites like Quora.
2. Grammarly Online App
Grammarly also has an online app where you can directly type your content, or you can copy-paste or upload your documents for proofreading. This app is especially helpful if you want to proofread the content to be posted on websites not supported by the browser extension.
This app is also useful if you want to write and edit your documents from multiple locations as Grammarly saves your documents on its server.
3. Windows Office Add-On
If you prefer using Microsoft Outlook to write your emails or if you are a business professional who has to prepare a lot of presentations on Microsoft Powerpoint, you can install Windows Office Add-on.
This Add-on seamlessly integrates all the Grammarly features with all your Microsoft Office Apps including Microsoft Word And Microsoft Excel.
4. Grammarly Desktop App For Mac And Windows
Grammarly has recently launched a native application for Windows as well as for Mac. To use it, you simply have to drag and drop a document into the application.
If you mostly write online, this may not be as convenient as the Browser extension, but it is the best alternative for Mac users.
Who Can Use Grammarly?
Grammarly is a universal tool which is suitable for everyone to use. However, it has designed its features paying special attention to the following people.
Grammarly Vs. Human Proofreader
A lot of people have one question in mind:
Can Grammarly replace a Human Proofreader?
My answer to that question is negative. I feel no matter how much technology one uses; you cannot replace the mind of a human being.
If you are a writer who wants to get your book published, you can use Grammarly to minimize your mistakes. But you should definitely hire a proofreader/editor before sending your work to the publication.
However, human proofreaders may cost you a lot. So for people who are not much concerned about fine-tuned output, Grammarly turns out to be a cheaper alternative.
Grammarly Free Vs. Premium
So what should you choose?
Grammarly free account or a premium account?
I must say, the choice of using a free or a premium version depends on the quality of articles that you need.
Simply put, if you are a blogger or a writer or a job seeker or in any other profession where people might judge you for your grammar or writing skills, I would highly recommend upgrading to the premium account. The premium account will help you fine tune your grammatical skills.
For the rest, the free account would be sufficient as it detects all the major grammatical errors. As for me, I am using the premium version of Grammarly.
With the free plan, Grammarly is free for lifetime. However, if you wish to buy Premium plans, you can pay for it monthly, quarterly or annually as per your convenience.
The monthly plan turns out to be the costliest at $29.95 per month. This plan is ideally suitable for people who want to try out the tool.
The annual plan is cheapest at just $11.66 per month. However, if you do not want to invest $139.95 at one time, you could also go for the quarterly plan.
Grammarly offers 7 Day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with their premium services. To get the refund, you just have to email them or raise a support ticket for the same.
Pros And Cons
Every tool has its pros and cons, and Grammarly is no different.
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Grammarly is certainly the best online grammar checking tool in the market. It can detect and suggest a correction for almost all the spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors.
Vocabulary enhancement and plagiarism checker are good additions available with the premium version which other grammar checking tools lack.
Have you tried using Grammarly? If yes, please do share your views with us.