It doesn’t matter if you are a writer or just want to make yourself sound knowledgeable on Facebook, your ability to write well is important. People view poor writing as a lack of intelligence or education, and they won’t take you as seriously when your words are misspelled, or it’s hard to read your writing. Therefore, if you are trying to impress people, you need to be on top of your game.
You have two choices if you want to write better, you either study grammar, spelling, and everything else about writing, or you use a tool like Grammarly to help you easily find mistakes and write better. There are a few tools out there, but I wanted to do a Grammarly review because it is one of the most used writing tools on the market.
What Is Grammarly?
Grammarly is an editor tool to help you with your writing. According to Grammarly, millions of people are using their tools to write perfect English, including writers, students, teachers, and journalists.
The free version of Grammarly checks for the following:
– Sentence structure
If you upgrade to a premium account, much more will covered in the check, including:
– Word choice
– Clarity (very important in all writing!)
– Passive voice use
One of the features I really like in the premium version is the vocabulary enhancement. This feature gives you insight into overused words and what words would be better suited.
For instance, instead of the word ‘important’, using the word ‘necessary’ will improve the sharpness of the writing. You will also get insight into weak adjectives and repetitive words in your copy.
All of that is important stuff to understand to give your readers a better experience. It doesn’t seem important, but some people can get turned off by hearing the same words used repeatedly. And if they have a hard time understanding your writing and need to pause and reflect to grasp what your writing is trying to say, then they will leave and move on to something that doesn’t consume a lot of their time. Therefore, if you are a blogger, or write for a blogger, you will appreciate this feature!
Two Things That Grammarly Does Really Well
It does what any good editor should do, and it does it quickly. Let’s talk about the most important things in this Grammarly review.
1. Gives You A Platform To Quickly Check A Document
This is what Grammarly was meant for! We are glad that it works well.
Essentially, if you have a document written somewhere else, such as on your blog or in a social media post, you can copy it into the Grammarly app, at https://app.grammarly.com, to check for mistakes. All you have to do is click on ‘new’ and copy your document into the editor, or click on upload and upload a document from your computer.
On the left side, click on the writing tool icon, and make sure spelling, style, grammar, punctuation, and structure are clicked to ‘on’. You can also choose what type of document you are writing by hovering over the ‘document type.’ Options include a general piece, a casual piece, an academic piece, a business piece, a creative piece, a medical piece, or a technical piece. There are also different options in each category to give you the perfect document type editor for you. For instance, under ‘casual’, you can select ‘personal blog post’ if you are a blogger.
You can also turn the plagiarism option off or on by clicking on the magnifying glass icon on the right side. This feature will tell you how original your document is, and the unoriginal text will be included in the suggested corrections.
All the suggested revisions will be on the right side of the page, beside the text. This is very user-friendly. You simply hover over each suggestion listed to see where in the text the suggestion is being made for, and then you can click on the suggestion to expand it and get a more detailed explanation.
If a word, such as a name, is being prompted for a correction, you can add it to the dictionary so that Grammarly views it as a correctly spelled word in the future. And, if you just want to ignore the suggestion Grammarly gives altogether, then you can just click on ignore.
You can also undo a correction you just made if you realize afterward that what you had was correct. Just click on ‘Undo’ that pops up after you make a correction, and your correction is undone.
When you are done correcting your document, you can copy and paste it back into the program you were originally using.
2. Grammarly Helps You Improve Your Writing
You will be surprised at how you make the same mistakes over and over again. I know that I tend to overuse some words and consistently do the same grammar mistakes. It takes a while to change your automatic way of writing, and that’s why you should check every document in Grammarly. It helps you clearly see those poor writing habits and fix them.
You can download a report of any document that you put into the Grammarly app, and it will include the text and the mistakes that are made so that you can reference it, later on, to see how far you’ve come in your writing.
To download your report, click on your score in the bottom right of Grammarly. You can click on ‘Download detailed report’ to get a full report saved on your computer in a PDF.
Things That Grammarly App Can’t Do
As of this Grammarly review, there are a few things that it can’t do.
1. The App Doesn’t Take Large Documents
When you upload a document, you can’t upload past 20 pages or 36,000 symbols. They say that they are working on increasing the amount you can upload, but, for now, if you have a story you are working on or an eBook, then you will need to upload it piece by piece to check it out.
2. Catch All Your Mistakes
As someone who writes every single day, I’ve noticed that proofreading is still required with an editor, even Grammarly. Particularly in the first run through of editing.
I never put my articles to be checked in Grammarly until I’ve read it through myself and make sure that it makes perfect sense in my head. That helps me catch all the little mistakes that Grammarly sometimes doesn’t find, such as ‘or’ instead of ‘our’ or other silly mistakes that are easy to make but hard for a grammar checker to see.
The good thing is that the stuff it doesn’t catch won’t be caught by too many people reading your writing either. Grammarly covers so much in your writing that it’s hard to miss any mistakes you have.
3. Talk Like Your Friend
Grammarly is there to help you write English professionally. So, internet slang and common words you use in your everyday speech will be questioned by Grammarly.
It’s up to you to decide what kind of audience you are talking to and how much slang you want to use in your document. If you are a niche blogger or on social media a lot, then you may want to ignore some of Grammarly’s suggestions. However, if you want to relate to all age groups and types of people, then you will want to listen to Grammarly’s professional suggestions to help the largest amount of people understand and relate to you.
The Grammarly Browser Extension
Grammarly has a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari that makes writing on your favorite writing platform easier. It doesn’t matter if you are in email, WordPress, Facebook, or anywhere else, the browser extension will be there to help you see your mistakes and correct them quickly.
The extension does a few things. First, it underlines spelling mistakes in red. All you have to do is hover over top of the underlined word, and it gives you choices to replace the misspelled word. Just click on the right choice from the list and it changes the word for you instantly.
It also highlights grammar mistakes by underlining them in green. You can hover over the word that is underlined, and Grammarly will give you an explanation for what’s wrong with that word choice. Sometimes the suggested correction is there for you, but sometimes you have to click on ‘correct with Grammarly’ and learn what the correction would be. Or if you know what the correction should be, the underline will just be a reminder that you used the wrong word to make the sentence flow in agreement.
The other aspect of the Grammarly browser extension is definitions and synonyms. This feature will become addictive to everyone who uses it. You can use this feature on almost every site you go as long as it is turned on in the extension.
To use, simply highlight a word in any text by double clicking on it, and Grammarly will give you the definition of the word. If you click ‘more on Grammarly words’ you will be taken to synonyms of the word to help you understand it even better. This little tool can quickly help you build your vocabulary as well as understand the meaning of the text better.
The extension isn’t always accurate when it comes to spelling and grammar, though. Sometimes it will recommend I change a word that I know I want to use, especially when I’m using slang or words that have multiple meanings. You have to use some common sense before you go and change everything that the Grammarly extension suggests you change. But, other than that, it is one aspect of Grammarly that you will not be able to live without if you want to write better!
To install the Grammarly browser extension, go into your Grammarly account under ‘My Grammarly’ and then ‘Apps’. There you can click on Install. You can also go into your browser’s extensions area and look for the Grammarly extension.
The Grammarly Desktop Add-On
You can add Grammarly to windows. This means that you can get access to Grammarly without going to the app online. You just add it to your desktop, and you can do your writing directly in the app from your desktop and still get all the writing suggestions that the online Grammarly app has.
Go into ‘My Grammarly’ and click on ‘apps’ to find the Grammarly for Windows. Then just click on install.
Once it is downloaded to your computer, just click on the setup icon on your desktop, log in to your account, and your editor will open. Then, use the software as you would normally online.
Make sure you go into your profile and section which language you want to write in. As of this Grammarly review, there is only American English and British English, but there is a difference in some spelling, punctuation, and grammar, so it is important to select the appropriate language for you.
Grammarly For Microsoft Word
To add Grammarly to Word, go to your apps and install the Grammarly for Microsoft Office. Once it downloads to your computer, click on it to set up, and then go through the user-friend setup. Just select if you want to add to Word or Outlook, or both, and then click install.
Once you install it, you will see a heading called ‘Grammarly’ at the end on the top bar in your Word documents. Click on it, and then click on ‘Enable Grammarly’, and Grammarly will pop up on the right side of your document. Just as in the online app, you just click on the suggestions given to make quick changes or learn more. You also have the option to undo the last change.
Ginger Versus Grammarly For Word
If you write in Word a lot, you should have an extra editor in there to catch your mistakes. The two main ones are Ginger and Grammarly.
I have used Ginger for Word, and I like Grammarly much better. It is much more in depth, and I don’t have to wait for it to go through all the corrections sentence by sentence. It is, without a doubt, much quicker than the Ginger app.
Ginger needs to go through sentence by sentence, and it will stop and give you the corrections suggested sentence by sentence. If you happen to click on something outside of the Word document while Ginger is running, you have to start it up again. Grammarly checks everything at once and puts it on the right side of the document, which means you can go between tabs on your browser and the document without the editor being affected.
The Downside Of Grammarly
It’s important to note that the auto-save function of Word is disabled when you enable Grammarly on it. Therefore, you need to save your work before you open up the Grammarly. In fact, I would just save checking your document with Grammarly until the very end of your writing process. This way, you can save and then check the whole document and easily save a corrected version afterward.
Also, when you download the text from the online Grammarly app, it is downloaded onto notepad, and all the wording runs together. You have to upload it back into Grammarly for it to look right again. It’s better just to copy and paste it into Word or another editor you are working in, and then save it.
Who Would Benefit From Grammarly?
Everyone who has to write for other people will love this tool. This includes people who write on blogs, ghostwriters, website writers, employees, business owners, and anyone who wants to write well on the Internet or social media. Whether you are in forums and want to be taken seriously, or writing posts, emails, or articles for others to read, it is important to make yourself clear, which is something that Grammarly can help you do.
If you are a student, Grammarly is a must-have. Not only will it help you get better grades on your essays, reports, and reviews, but it will help you learn how to write better and impress your teachers when you don’t have Grammarly around.
Also, if you are writing an eBook, then this is software you will want to add to Office Word. You can check your writing as you go along.
None of your text will be shared with any third parties or used for any other purposes besides checking your documents, so you don’t have to worry about anyone stealing your ideas and copying you.
Grammarly a tool that does a lot, so it costs more than some other editor tools out there. But, the stuff you get when you pay for it is worth it if you write a lot, and you want to write well. I highly recommend the premium version for students and professionals who want their writing to stand out and impress.
If you want to try out everything that Grammarly has to offer, but you are not sure if you are going to like it, you can try it out for seven days and take advantage of the money back guarantee. This guarantee is available for first-time buyers only, but it gives you seven days from purchase to try out the software and figure out if it is for you. If you decide you don’t like it, you will be refunded for whatever price you paid, with no hassle.
There are three different plans available as of this Grammarly review. All prices are in USD, so you need to convert them to your currency to get an accurate payment.
1. Monthly Plan
This plan costs $29.95 per month. The beauty of this is that you can cancel out whenever you want to. But, it is definitely going to cost you more than paying for several months together like in the next two plans.
2. Quarterly Plan
This plan costs $19.98 per month, and it is billed in one payment of $59.95. It gives you three full months of Grammarly without having to worry about a monthly payment.
3. Annual Plan
This plan costs $11.66 per month, and it is billed in one payment of $139.95. It gives you a full year of Grammarly, so it is the best option for people who need to make sure their writing is accurate for a long time to come, such as writers, bloggers, or students.
Tips On Paying For Grammarly
The monthly, quarterly, and annual plan will automatically renew, so if you do not want to pay again, then you will have to cancel before the time for renewal is up. Just plug it into your calendar to make sure you remember!
As of this Grammarly review, they were offering a 20% discount on the plans. However, I don’t know how long that will be there. It may be gone, or it may be even more heavily discounted when you check out Grammarly. I can’t make any promises on that one.
You can pay with pretty much anything you want, including PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, and Interact. The thing I love about PayPal is that you can end your subscription easily on PayPal’s side with just a few clicks, so it may be something consider when paying.
However, you can also cancel your Grammarly subscription by logging into your account, clicking on the subscription tab, clicking on ‘manage subscription’, and then click on ‘cancel future billing’. Just make sure you click on the ‘Confirm’ button to guarantee your subscription will be canceled.
Unique Features On Grammarly
You get access to proofreading on the app. There is a little icon in the app that looks like a magic wand. Hover over it and click on ‘send to proofreader’ to open up a pop up with options for proofreading your article.
It does cost to get someone to proofread your article, though. The prices are 2 cents per word for a 24-hour return and 4 cents per word for a 3-hour return. As of this Grammarly review, the 60-minute option was unavailable at 8 cents per word. I’m assuming they were too busy to accommodate anyone at that short of time.
The proofreaders are humans, not computers, so that’s like having your very own teacher to grade and correct your writing, but without the low grade that affects you in some way. This is excellent if you have time to wait for your writing to get looked over, and if you want to do other things while you make sure that your writing is top notch.
You can also turn on the plagiarism tool to see how unique your writing is. Checking for plagiarism is important in all forms of writing. If you plagiarize something that is copyrighted, you could be facing some serious charges by the person who holds the copyright. If you plagiarize as a blogger, you could be penalized by Google and other search engines, and not have the kind of success that you want in the search engines with free traffic. In short, this is a tool you need to keep on at all times.
Is Grammarly Right For You?
If you are reading this Grammarly review, then you are thinking about getting an advanced editor for your writing. If you are thinking about getting an advanced editor, then you need one. I suggest Grammarly. I use it, and it works well.
It looks at everything in your writing – as much as a computer program can look at, and it gives you not only grammar and spelling mistakes but suggestions that will make your writing clearer and easier to read. It’s like a course on writing that also gives you the answers as you go along. The online app is easy to use and so is the desktop app. The add-in to Word is essential if you are using Word at all.
With Grammarly, you can rest assured that your writing, no matter where it is going to be published or read, will be top notch. And, if you are worried, they have a money back guarantee to give you a chance to try it out and see for yourself. I highly recommend you take that chance!