Grammarly Review - Is it Worth It?

Are you looking for a spelling and grammar tool to make writing easy? With today’s review, we are going to look at the ever so popular Grammarly to see if it is worth the buzz. With well over 10 million active users, it is currently the most popular grammar/spelling checker, but just how close does it come to a human proofreader? Let’s find out…


Website

grammarly.com


What is Grammarly?

In short, it will analyze your text and check for grammar and spelling errors, give you the correct word/line and suggest better words. The free version covers basic grammar, spelling, and punctuation. The premium version offers “best writing practice suggestions” stylistic and so forth.

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Who will benefit from Using Grammarly?

Anyone who wants their writing to be near perfect. However, if your work is published online, even more reason to get it as perfect as possible. The following people will most definitely benefit the most from using the platform;

  • Bloggers and Website developers
  • Copywriters
  • Content marketers
  • Students
  • Freelance writers
  • Social Media marketers
  • Email Marketers


Grammarly - Main Features

Spell Check – Checks every word in your text for spelling errors and offers the correct version(s).

Grammar and Punctuation – Detects grammar and punctuation errors, fragments, alliteration, and so forth.

Writing Style – Offers suggestions and tips on your writing style.

Plagiarism – Scan your text for plagiarism before you publish.

Explanatory feature - Explains why your mistakes are wrong. Not only does it correct, but you can also greatly improve your writing over time by learning from your mistakes.

Feedback – Email once a week that will give you an update on your writing skills and so forth for the previous week. This includes your spelling and grammar improvements, your productivity, vocabulary, and so forth. It will also highlight your top mistakes and give you tips. Awesome service from Grammarly as these reports keep me motivated and improved my writing over time.

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How does it Work?

When the tool finds mistakes, it will underline them in red. You can then choose to correct them or ignore them, simple as that.

You can use Grammarly in multiple ways and on quite a few platforms that include:

Browser extension - This is one of the easiest methods to use Grammarly. Simply add the extension to your browser as you would do any other extension, and it will automatically check your writing when you use it on a variety of web pages. This includes checking your text when you write emails, Google docs, and WordPress to only name a few.

Web –Tool - Simply copy and paste your text directly into the online Grammarly web tool to correct your writing. You also have the option to upload a document from your computer. Alternatively, you can just use the tool as a word processor and type directly on the tool and it will check your text on the go.

Microsoft Word – Use the Grammarly add-in to connect it with Word. Once set up, it will check your writing as you type.

On Your Phone – You can download the app at the Play Store and it is available for Android and iOS. The app will check your writing on text messages and email to name a few. It also has predictive text to speed up typing.

Desktop App – This works pretty much the same way as the online version. Download the app for your system, follow the installation and start using it, as simple as that.

Please Note: You need to be connected to the internet to use Grammarly since it is an online tool.


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What does it cost and what do they have to offer?

Free Version

This will provide you with the basics you need and will check for;

  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation


Premium Plan

Clarity improvements, style, and additional advanced corrections. You will get:

  • Everything in the free option
  • Tone adjustments
  • Word choice
  • Fluency
  • Inclusive language
  • Clarity-focused sentence rewrites
  • Additional advanced suggestions.

Cost:

$11.66 a month when you pay annually ($139.95 in total)

$19.98 a month when you pay quarterly

$29.95 a month when you pay monthly.


Business Plan

Intended for teams of 3 to 149 and includes:

  • All the premium features
  • Centralized billing
  • Team usage statistics
  • User management tools
  • Priority email support
  • Company style guide
  • SAML SSO for accounts with 50+ users

Cost:

$12. 50 per member/month – Billed Annually

You can try the business plan free for 7 days and cancel at any time.


Any Up-Sales?

None whatsoever. You only pay for premium or business and will not be constantly bugged to buy additional software or stuff. You can use the free version for as long as you like.


What about Support?

They have the standard “submit a ticket” based support which is very responsive.


Do they have Tutorials and/or Training?

Yes, they do have tutorials that cover every aspect of using their software/app. It includes everything from adding extensions to browsers to working with Word.

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User Interface

The platform is not too complicated overall with a simple interface. Works well on most platforms in general without a struggle. I did found, however, that Firefox and Grammarly seem to be not too much in love with each other. After a Firefox update (which is often), Grammarly stop working on certain platforms like Blogger and one has to disable the add-on for a day or two, to get it working again. Works perfectly on Chrome though without any problems so I suspect Firefox is the culprit.

Overall, their app/software is stable and will not interfere with other programs. 



What about Online Safety?

I am using Grammarly for quite some time now (about 3 years, give or take) and never had any security issues at all. They protect your data by using a combination of physical, technical, and logical security safeguards. Also, Grammarly will not process anything you type in text fields such as password fields or credit card forms. 


Grammarly – Pros


Easy to use.

More comprehensive and accurate than most word processors.

Not sure why your sentence or word is a mistake? Grammarly will give you a short and easy-to-understand lesson to explain.

The free version is not a watered-down version like many other programs, beyond awesome and you can use the free version for as long as you like without being pressured to upgrade.

You can add words to your dictionary that will not be flagged as misspellings.

Get tailored writing suggestions based on your audience and goals.



Cons

A bit more expensive than other grammar and spelling checkers.

Might not work well with browsers like Firefox. Not a con per se, but still worth mentioning. Firefox can be difficult in general when it comes to other programs/extensions as well.


Let’s Sum it up with my Honest Opinion…

Now, when it comes to writing English, I am NOT a genius! English is not my first language and in 2011 when I got the idea to start blogging, it was my greatest obstacle. I had to depend greatly on grammar and spelling tools to put my thoughts and experience on the blank post in front of me and proofreaders did not always seem to be the option as they turned lively writing into dull pieces of work. Since I met Grammarly, posting blog posts became less of a hassle grammar and spelling wise and my English improved greatly. They say that it will not replace a human editor and I do not argue, however, I replaced the human editors with Grammarly and got better results. After using almost every grammar tool there is, I can honestly say that Grammarly is the best one.

I have a problem with the words has/have/had/has. Good grieve, as an Afrikaans speaking person; I could never grasp these as they are not always used in the same manner in my language. Other grammar tools will miss if they are used in the wrong manner, Grammarly will catch most of these crucial mistakes.

Other grammar tools will do the obvious and highlight your mistakes, with Grammarly Premium, they teach you, why your mistakes are wrong and how to correct them. I highly recommend using the platform if you are like me and not only want to improve your writing but also learn in the process.

The free version in itself works better than most other tools and word processors. However, if you are a pro blogger or plan to earn an income from your writing like a freelance writer, you should consider the premium version if your finances allow for it.


Do you use Grammarly or used it in the past?

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