Have you ever written a great paragraph only to find that it’s full of grammatical errors?
You are not alone.
I have written my fair share of posts, articles and emails and tested a lot of tools in the past. This has led me to finally zero-in on a tool that made me look no further.
(Drum rolls please…) Here comes Grammarly…
Tools are of two types:
- One that you use to create your work (front-end, back-end, side-end – e.g. WordPress, Canva, Word, Excel)
- One that becomes your assistant (e.g. Snag it, Snipping Tool)
Grammarly falls under the second category.
What is Grammarly
Grammarly is primarily a spell-checker and a grammar-checker tool. But it does even more. It can also perform plagiarism checking, punctuation checking, suggest writing style enhancements, form sentence structures and design different document types.
Grammarly is free. You can get it from here:
It also has a premium version which you can check out at the end of this post for their payment plans.
It has very impressive state of the art interface that is both simplistic and intuitive. Here’s a quick GIF snapshot of how Grammarly adds a word to your custom dictionary, in case you want to add any word to it:
Who is behind the tool
This tool was launched in 2009 by Alex Shevchenko and Max Lytvyn (check Max’s blog) who founded Grammarly in 2008. Grammarly, Inc., is headquartered in San Francisco, with an additional office in Kiev, Ukraine. The company’s CEO, Brad Hoover, is an investor with a background in engineering, who got to know about Grammarly while searching for a writing enhancement platform for his own writing.
Where and how does Grammarly work
It comes in various ways to help you as per your needs – Web app, Chrome Extension, Desktop version and Microsoft Office Add-in. The core benefit of using Grammarly is its contextual suggestions. It reads and understands the context in which you write and suggests changes according to that situation, so you need not worry about pressing hard to think about grammatical errors and thus save loads of time and heart work in your creatives.
See below for the tasks that you can use under ‘When can you use it’ heading.
Why do you need Grammarly
Well, if you are really an expert in writing without any spelling or grammar issues, then you don’t need this tool. But who is perfect in this world? It happens to all of us. This tool is much needed in this chaotic world when our creative juices just flow, where it makes all the more sense to just write with a flow and edit later. While editing later, this tool will be your boon.
When can you use it
The default is the ‘General’ mode. And then you have these formats:
- Academic writing
- General academic
- Case study
- Book/literature review
- Research proposal
- Research results
- Business writing
- General Business
- Business letter
- Business email
- Article/blog post
- Ad/website copy
- Technical writing
- General technical
- End-user assistance document
- Technical documentation
- Marketing document
- Medical writing
- General medical
- Regulatory writing
- Educational writing
- Creative writing
- General creative
- Creative non-fiction
- Casual writing
- General casual
- Personal email
- Personal blog post
You can access these above-given types by placing your mouse cursor on the pen nib icon that is on the left side of the screen.
Social Proof for Grammarly
Grammarly is used by millions of users already. Here is a social proof from their website.
[Tweet “Get @Grammarly now, the writing-enhancement platform for any writing”]
Disadvantages of using Grammarly
There is not much of a downside per se while using Grammarly, as it does have a lot of benefits which outweighs these. However, there will be times when you have to exercise caution while using the tool.
For e.g. not always does the software understand your context. There will be times when it might misunderstand your motive in your sentence formation.
See the below correction. Here I placed the word ‘Disadvantage’ to show as a sub-heading (I didn’t use the sub-heading tag, that could be the reason, however) visually. But Grammarly treats that as a repetitive word and suggests other words, which is fine as long as it suits the sentence’s meaning.
With internet of things becoming the home of free stuff these days, your writing work could be easily just copied and pasted as either a repurposed content or just get plagiarized. Grammarly comes to your rescue here. Though it’s a Premium feature and you have to pay to get this feature, and hey, if your writing career solely depends on your writing and others not stealing it, this is only an investment in your happiness.
As you can see, it checks and verifies against 8 BILLION web pages! Yup, you read that correctly.
If you don’t have an account on Grammarly, you can create one from here.
If you want to invest in the Premium version you can check out these plans from Grammarly:
Grammarly Progress Report – Statistical Insights of your English usage
Grammarly also sends weekly reports on how well you have written, what new words you have used, what words you have used more often (over-used words), how active you were in writing and other interesting stats to learn more about your writing patterns. Some of mine were:
Now you know what Grammarly does. There is no reason for you to wait. It’s free (mostly) and has a great paid premium advantage if you choose to invest. Just sign up now and edit later!
Activate all the features and make use of it to the fullest extent.
Do you have any comments or questions on how to use, check out their support page (support works after you get your account registered with Grammarly), or you can also leave a comment here, and I will try to help you with your questions.
Note: some of the links given in this post are affiliate links which mean I will get a small commission if you choose to get Grammarly, at no additional cost to you. It is just karma – I used Grammarly, liked it, and am now suggesting you use it. The choice is yours, always!