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 is able to detect almost all 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 every now and then, 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 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