Whether you’re writing an article, book or crafting a professional email, having professional proofreading software can do wonders.
However, with so many editing software out there it becomes difficult to choose which one is actually good & isn’t just a regular spell checker.
Well, today I will shed light on Grammarly which is a popular tool among writers.
I am going to discuss what it is, its plans and how it can help you in your writing.
What Is Grammarly?
Grammarly is a proofreading tool that helps to check and monitor any online writing like email, post writing or even when you write a comment on a forum or YouTube videos.
Using this tool, you can detect grammatical, spelling, typo errors which makes your writing readable & error-free.
Personally, I use this tool along with ProWriting to craft error free contents for my blog.
Features Of Grammarly
Grammarly’s features are different for its free and premium version.
The free version is great if you are using it for basic casual writing whereas premium version is more useful for an intense kind of writing such as content writing, professional email writing.
Please note that if you already have a great knowledge of Grammar and knows how to craft a perfect English sentence, then the free version is enough for you.
Here is the comparison table between both of them.
|Critical Grammar & Spelling checks||Yes||Yes|
|Vocabulary Enhancement Suggestions||No||Yes|
|Genre-specific writing style checks||No||Yes|
|Plagiarism detector that checks over 16 billion web pages||No||Yes|
Free Plan Features
1. Spell Checker
Spell checker checks all the spelling mistakes in real time & suggest the correct word for your written document.
As you can see, it highlights the errors for wrong spelling and when you hover your mouse cursor over it; it suggests you with the correct spelling.
Just a small click and its fixed.
2. Grammar Checker
Like the previous one, it also detects the grammatical errors from your written document & suggest it with the correct grammar.
3. Explore Synonyms
While writing, we tend to write the same words repeatedly which makes our writing kinda weird.
In such cases, adding synonyms can be a great option to make it more readable.
And the great news is, you can do the exact same thing with Grammarly without even Googling for synonyms.
Just double-tap the word and it shows you all the synonyms that you can use in your writing.
4. Find Definitions
We often sometimes bump into new words while reading anything online. Words you haven’t heard before or may be heard but don’t know the meaning.
So, what do you do?
You either search it in a dictionary or online.
Well with this feature, you won’t have to do any of them because Grammarly has an in-built dictionary.
Just double-tap on the word and Grammarly will pop up a window with its meaning on it.
This is a great feature for those people whose English is weak & want to increase their knowledge of vocabulary.
Premium Plan Features
Premium plans has all the above free version features along with these two features.
1. Vocabulary Enhancement
This is a great tool to make your writing more engaging because when you write sentences, you tend to add bland or vague words that need other words to amplify its meaning.
For example, Ricky walked quietly into the room.
Here, the word quietly is used as an amplify to fully describe what Ricky is doing.
What Grammarly does is it suggest vivid synonyms to these words to make it more engaging for your readers.
So in this case, Grammarly will suggest you to replace “walked quietly” with “crept” which also has the same meaning.
So, the final sentence will be – Ricky crept into the room.
This feature is definitely worth if you are upgrading to its premium plan.
2. Punctuation Checker
Full stop, comma, colon, semi-colon play an important role in the English language & improper use of these can totally change the meaning of the sentence.
With Grammarly, you can detect and fix all these issues with the in-built Punctuation checker feature.
3. Plagiarism Checker
Plagiarism means stealing other’s work and passing it off as yours.
Now, this is a great concern for bloggers and content writers because there is a chance that others might copy and paste your content on their website.
Obviously, this is a lazy way to get content and the bloggers who invested one, two or even three days for writing such beautiful content feels betrayed.
In such a case, Grammarly offers Plagiarism checker which detects any plagiarised work by thoroughly checking all over the internet.
Just copy and paste your content on this tool and it will tell you where it’s used on the internet.
Also, if you frequently accept guest posts on your blog, then you can always run those post on this tool to figure out whether it is a stolen or fresh content.
Different Ways To Use Grammarly
If you think Grammarly is just an add-on, then you’re completely wrong.
I have come across many people who think the same, but they are not aware that you can use Grammarly in 4 different ways such as
- Browser extension.
- Add-in for Microsoft word & outlook.
- Using its website
Let’s look at each one of them.
1. Grammarly Browser Extension
Grammarly offers browser extension for Chrome, Mozilla & Safari browser that can be found in your browser add-on section or go to this link and download from here.
When it’s active, it automatically detects all the errors from your written document to suggest with the correct one.
2. Grammarly App/Software
If you use a smartphone to type comments or update status on Social Media, then you can install the Grammarly app.
This app enables a special keyboard which suggest you with correct spelling & fixes all the grammatical errors from your sentences. I personally use this keyboard as my default setting.
For desktop, you can install software for your mac or windows.
3. Add-In for Microsoft Word
If you frequently use Microsoft word for writing articles, essays or any written work, then Grammarly add-in will be a great tool for you.
You can visit here to download the same and follow the instructions to install it.
4. Grammarly Web Tool
For this, you don’t have to install anything. All you have to do is copy your text and simply paste it in the web tool.
Wait for a few seconds to let Grammarly read, analyze and detect errors with correction.
Along with that, you can also upload your written document on this web tool to analyze it in the same way.
Pros & Cons Of Grammarly
1. Real-Time Editing
The first pro of using Grammarly is its real-time editing which highlights & underlines things that are incorrect so you know right away what’s wrong and what’s correct to fix it immediately.
This helps you save time so you don’t have to copy & paste it into any other special editor to do the same thing.
Grammarly is quick, effective, and it makes sure your grammar is on point right at the moment.
2. Pretty Accurate
The second Pro of using Grammarly is that it’s pretty accurate most of the time.
I would say, 90% of the time Grammarly is accurate but there are some cases where it will try to correct punctuation or grammar when it’s not actually needed.
Like sometimes when you are intentionally misusing the grammar rules to create more style for yourself, Grammarly highlights those things.
An example of this that I personally don’t like is when you say “However” at the beginning of a sentence & you don’t want a pause right after it, Grammarly will suggest you to add a comma just after it.
Now, it may be technically right but ultimately it’s up to you to decide whether you want it.
3. Provide Explanations
It not only suggests you with the correct fixes but also explains the reason behind it which is great for learning.
If you are trying to learn English, then these bits of explanations is a great way to improve your knowledge.
You can access this function by hovering over your wrong word and then clicking on the “See More In Grammarly” option.
This will open a window where you can click on the words to view the explanation.
4. Add New Words
Sometimes you use words that are often not real words like brand names, slang or abbreviation & Grammarly keeps on highlighting it as incorrect.
In such a situation, you can add those words in Grammarly’s dictionary to ensure it won’t highlight it again.
To do this, hover over the word and click on “add to dictionary” option.
1. Free Plan Is Limited
The free plan is super limited.
I understand that they want people to pay for their service because everybody wants to make money.
But even so, I think they could have added a few more features in the free plan that might make it a little more user-friendly.
2. Aggressive Advertising
Grammarly is great as you know but their way of advertising premium plans is kinda like shoving down to our throat.
I understand they want to make their customer pay for premium plans but sometimes it becomes annoying & distracting when they promote those plans while you’re doing work using their tool.
How Much Does Grammarly Cost?
As we already talked about its premium plans that provides additional awesome features perfect for intense writing, now lets take a look at its pricing.
Here are the plans Grammarly offers.
What I Think About Grammarly?
For me, it works perfectly.
I love this tool because English is not my first language so I always have a hard time trying to figure out my grammar and sentences.
Because when you write, you read your sentences repeatedly which seems like you are writing correct English.
But once you read it the next day, you can find a lot of errors which you couldn’t figure out while writing.
It happens and I am sure it happens with you.
However, while using Grammarly, I can almost detect 90% of those errors which really helps me in publishing my content fast.
I will say that if you are somebody who is looking for just the mild version to clean up your grammar, the free version is worth your time.
However, if you want something a little more intensive whether you are writing a lot of intense documents or emails where you need to look and sound professional, the premium plan might be worth it for you.
Final Verdict – Grammarly Review 2019
Whether you are a pro writer or a casual writer, you can definitely install Grammarly to enhance your writing skills.
Even though you can get more features in premium plans but a free plan is more than enough to do the job if you already know English.
However, if English is not your first language and you find it difficult to frame sentences, then the premium plans are definitely worth your penny.
So, what do you think? Is it a thumbs up or thumbs down?
Let me know in the comment section.