Anyone else using Grammarly feels that the sentence correction (or rephrase, as they call it), makes the sentence more professional or robotic-sounding than entertaining? This is especially when you are writing a novel or a story. The sentence correction mostly seems to remove the human element and wants to make it sound flat. Is this true or I am overthinking?
Any thoughts? Of course, I still love Grammarly. It is an exceptional tool to help me with my articles, especially when I am in a hurry and could overlook mistakes.
With Grammarly, my suggestion is to try to figure out why it's suggesting the correction.
It might be trying to bring the verb closer to the subject or to remove an unnecessary prepositional phrase... it could also be indicating that your sentence is too long and therefore confusing.
I would take Grammarly's suggestions for a sentence as a yield sign. Read over what it highlights and see if there is a better route to take or decide that your original sentence is the superior version.
I do follow Grammarly's suggestions. Stats-wise, I accept nearly 90% of the changes suggested. It is the last 10% that I am not sure to follow. It just tries to remove any emotion from those (10%) sentences.
You can try this out yourself. Take any of your favorite author's books and type out a sentence that you consider as funny, emotional, or confused. I bet Grammarly would ask you to correct those. That's what I am referring to.
I thought I was referring to that by saying to read over what it suggests and then deciding if you already had the superior version, as in what you think is superior. My apologies if I made that confusing.
Grammarly doesn’t understand every nuance or turn of phrase, that is for sure. I like using it because I often autocorrect things in my head and gloss over what’s actually on the screen. I use the free version to catch the little things.
In any of my articles with a quatation, and callouts, I see grammarly suggestion to change a word, remove or insert a comma, or fullstop, etc. If that hint was allow to sail through, they would be trouble for writers, like a bench press. That's where I regard grammarly as dumb tail.
Completely agree, Savio- <grammarly is great but there are some things that you have to take with a pinch of salt.
I use Grammarly too and have found it to be good enough for what I need it for. I do disagree with some of its suggestions, because as you mentioned, it does take some humanness and warmth out of sentences. When this occurs, I “stick to my guns”.
Agreement with you. And there are times when I would write a sentence to express humor and Grammarly would straight away tone it down to some robotic statement. It's like the application is designed to sniff humor and make it anything but that.
The key to using Grammarly is to not take all its recommendations as gospel. It's really useful for picking out the obvious errors, but, as a writer, you know that some (if not many) rules are there to be broken. If it makes your writing sound unnatural, it means you've over-cooked it with the corrections.
I use the pro version and also ProWritingAid. I probably only use 50% of the suggested revisions. They are still worth the money.
True that. Phew, I just commented on this thread that I started doubting my writing. When English is not your first language all these funny thoughts creep in...
That said, I still like Grammarly for what it can do. I just have to figure out where to take the suggestion and where not.
I use a version where you can change the tone, intent, and type of writing. That said, Grammarly tells you what is correct Grammar, you decide when to bend or break those rules for some good reason. Also occasionally Grammarly gets it wrong, so you have to use it criticially.
I agree with everyone's say so's. As an addition, or a balance check, I use Writing Tool. It's great. The ProWritingAid, is a device I want to give a try.
A word of caution on ProWriting AId. Fantastic English grammar and writing software, yet it is very thorough and gives an intricate analysis. At first it was overwhelming for me as I have a basic understanding of the English language. In other words I had to actually research what their analysis was pointing out ha-ha Yet, a great teaching tool when on a learning adventure. I only originally got a yearly subscription to play with it to see if worth having the lifetime subscription. I let the year subscription run out.
About what ProWritingAid does
For me the Grammarly loaded in my MS Word software is sufficient to get the job done. Convenient to launch it while writing in MS Word. And, I don't have to worry about a subscription cost as it is Free, yet they do have subscriptions for their Premium and Business versions.
https://www.grammarly.com/plans?utm_sou … lsrc=aw.ds
Thanks, @Miebakagh57 and @tsmog. An interesting discussion that leads me to check out ProWriting.
I use both Grammarly and ProWriting. Each has a purpose and helps me put on my editor's hat.
The catch 22 situation with Grammarly is that if you have the knowledge to know when it is wrong, then you don't need it. And if you need it, well, Grammarly often gives wrong information. It is not the kind of software I would use.
Tessa, which then would you use? Thanks.
I am sufficiently versed in grammar to be able to recognize immediately when something is incorrectly written. I was employed by two publishing houses in London as an editor. In order to obtain that position, they always test you.
I'm also not quite sure how to say this because some people on Hubpages object if I point it out, but I I have a talent for writing. You can google my portfolio and reviews.
See, that's catch 22 indeed! Especially when your native language isn't English.
Many pro writer suggestions for online writing, to make it punchy, are grammatically incorrect.
For instance breaking up long compound sentences, and starting a sentence with a conjunction like "but" or making one sentence paragraphs, is strictly forbidden in formal writing . Yet, it makes it easier to keep the reader engaged.
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