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Grammarly – Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation Correction for Your Online and Offline Writing

Updated on February 6, 2017
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Warning! HubPages Staff Cautions Against Using Grammarly for Building Hubs

HubPages staff recommends that Grammarly not be used when creating hubs. This is due to some conflicts between Grammarly and HP programs. I have found only one conflict so far. When I open a capsule and attempt to create a link, the link tool does not work.

If you install the free Grammarly products but choose to follow the advice of HP staff and not use them when creating hubs, go to your browser and disable the Grammarly extension while you are working on the hub. After you are finished, you can enable the extension and use it as normal.

You may also consider using Grammarly as you write the article with your particular writing software such as Word or Pages and then transferring it to the hub after spellchecking. If you use an online writing program such as Pages/iCloud, You can use the Grammarly browser extension to edit.

Introducing Grammarly

Are you tired of proofreading over and over again, then posting your article on HubPages, WordPress or any other location on the web, only to find another misspelling right after you click the publish button?

Here is a way to minimize or even eliminate that problem. Grammarly is described on their website as an "Online proofreading tool that checks the text for grammar, punctuation, and style, and features a contextual spelling checker and plagiarism detector."

The cool thing about the spell checker is that it also considers context. In other words, it can tell if you've used their instead of there.

Hey, writers, does that sound helpful? I imagine non-native English speakers will find this tool to be very valuable. I just used it on my latest hub, and I found several misspellings and grammar errors that never caught my eye. I don't want to put the new HP editors out of work, but this tool might do just that.

Before you do anything else, go to Grammarly.com and open a free account. This is critical to using Grammarly to its fullest.

Grammarly's Free Downloads

First, you need to get the software for your PC or Mac and the app for your browser. That's right, you need to do two installations to get the complete, free package. Yes, I said free. I will be giving website addresses to a few places, so stick with me, it might be slightly confusing.

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When you are ready to visit the Pages I've provided links to, be sure to open it in a new tab rather than leaving HubPages to go to the other site. This will make it easier to come back and forth. Right click, tap, cross your eyes, whatever you have to do to open the link into a new tab.

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Installing Grammarly into Your Mac Browser

Here is a site where Mac users can download Grammarly for Chrome/Mac. Simply click on Add to Chrome and follow instructions. I have read that Mac users can also use the Grammarly for Chrome PC and install Grammarly onto Safari and Firefox as well. The site says it is not for Macs, but, reportedly, it does work, so give it a try if you need it for a browser other than Chrome. Follow all the steps provided by the installation site and you will be good to go online with Grammarly. You will know it is there because, if you are signed in, Grammarly will be correcting you in real time wherever you go.

Installing Grammarly on Your PC Browser

PC users go to Grammarly for Chrome/PC and choose the browser into which you wish to install Grammarly. Follow all instructions given by the site and you should be all set with Grammarly online.

Installing Grammarly on your Mac Laptop or Desktop Computer

Mac users go Grammarly for Mac Laptop/Desktop and begin the download. Once it has been downloaded, you will need to install the program and move it to your applications file. The installation site even has a nice graphic for you to use to move the program. That's it. You are good to go offline and work on documents with Grammarly eagerly checking all of your work.



Installing Grammarly on your PC

PC users, go to Grammarly for PC You are looking for the download button for PC. This will allow you to use Grammarly offline on documents. Follow all instructions on the site, making sure you download, install and move the program to where the site instructs you to move it. I'm not a PC user, but I imagine it is the program file. But you should receive instructions as you go through the process.

Remember, whenever you want to use Grammarly online or offline, open the program and sign in to your Grammarly account. (Be sure to open a Grammarly account).

Tutorial for Using Grammarly Offline

Using Grammarly On HubPages and Everywhere Online

Once you have Grammarly installed in your browser, it will go wherever you go online, checking all of your grammar and spelling. For those on HubPages, it will follow you right into your hubs and capsules. Just make sure you are signed in and you will see the little green G in the bottom right corner.

Hover your cursor over the green G, and it will show the number of errors that need to be corrected. Click on that number and Grammarly will take you to a screen where it shows you the errors and suggests corrections. If you agree with the correction, click on it, and your text will be corrected automatically. If you disagree with Grammarly, a fist will come out of your screen.....no, I'm sorry, that isn't true. You can click on the x to the far right to cancel the suggested correction.

I imagine this could lead to more hubs being featured here on HubPages and maybe more being moved to the niche sights.

FYI if you are a Hubber Considering Grammarly Chrome Extension

I discovered this problem after publishing this article. Grammarly Chrome Extension will cause your link building tool here on HubPages not to work. That is the tool within the capsules that you use to make a link when you are creating a new hub. If you need to build a link, simply open your Chrome preferences, click on Extensions, scroll down to Grammarly and uncheck the enable/disable box. When you are finished with the link tool, go back to Chrome extensions and re-enable Grammarly.

Sign in Before Using

When you want to use Grammarly to its fullest extent, open the program on your PC or Mac. Otherwise, you will get an occasional message that you are not yet signed in.

One FYI before we go. The app and software I have described are the free versions of Grammarly. They also have versions you can purchase. You won't be able to forget that because they have built in many ways of reminding you of that fact.

I hope you enjoy the Grammarly programs as much as I am. I look forward to hearing how it works out for you. If you discover steps that I should add to the article, feel free to leave it here as a comment or email me at chrs.mlls@gmail.com.

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      Ann Carr 3 months ago from SW England

      Very useful comprehensive information here, Chris. I'm lucky in that generally my grammar and spelling is good (it should be, I taught English and literacy!) though of course I make mistakes from time to time.

      I think it's an excellent tool for those whose first language is not English. However, I shy off using such things as there are always discrepancies. I understand that one can ignore the suggestions but meaning can be changed without realising.

      At the very least, I'm sure it's much better than editbot which doesn't seem to discriminate between British and American English!

      This is a good guide for those who need something reliable.

      Ann

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the information including the commendations and the cautions. Very useful!

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      Chris Mills 3 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Hello Paula, I just need you to clarify something for me. Are you saying that you hold yourself and other people for whom English is their first language, to a high standard and that you refuse to tolerate sloppy writing when it comes to writers? I just want to be sure I got the message..... I'm being facetious, of course. The Seinfeld show had their Soup Nazi, and we have Paula....I won't say it. I am on your side on this, but I admit, errors get past me often. Grammarly is doing a fine job for me, correcting me in real time. I think it could make a real difference here on HP. Although, as I said in one of the side boxes in the article, HP recommends we not use Grammarly when creating hubs because of conflicts between the two programs. I have only experienced a conflict with my link tool, and I can live with that. Thanks for your input here. We should be holding a high standard for ourselves regarding our writing.

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      Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Cam....Wonderful information. How I hope this is read by the many who NEED it badly!! I confess to being (as I've been called....and not nicely!) "The Grammar/Spellcheck Police." I can't tell you how very many people think that errors are "no big deal." I used to become privately infuriated, sometimes will gently point something out, if I know the person well and KNOW they would be happy to be able to correct it.

      However, believe me, plenty of people are annoyed by being told they have an error or two in their work & may even get angry & abusive.

      To HELL with them, then. Let them appear to be illiterate or ignorant. That's just fine with me.

      I am so careful and go over my work several times. Even then, as you point out, we can later find something we missed! In any case, I do put the time and effort in to be as certain as possible, my work is in as grammatically fine shape as it should be and of course I've always had "spell-check" & am grateful for that. I've never used the Gammarly app.

      I've had a few people tell me they don't care if their work is "fine tooth" perfect because people will know the gist or know what is meant !! HUH?? I cannot believe someone is that lazy & sloppy. Most importantly, how dare they attempt to pass as a WRITER? How totally embarrassing for them.

      I'm sorry but I am fussy and selective about not only my own writing but what I'm reading written by others.

      If I am reading a hub and by the 3rd. paragraph, I've tripped over 3 or 4 blunders, I simply stop reading.

      So....do I take it too far? I suppose some people would say that I do. Guess what? I don't care what they think.

      English is our native tongue and a lovely language it is. Should you want to tromp all over it, it won't be on my time!

      You brought some valuable information to the public, Cam. Thank you. Peace, Paula

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      Chris Mills 3 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Glad to know it, Ruby.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I got it. Thanks Chris...

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      Chris Mills 3 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Ruby, go to this website and download both parts. This is the free version. https://www.grammarly.com/office-addin/mac This is the version for PC, but reportedly, Mac users can download here for Chrome and other browsers. Whenever you see ads for the paid software, just navigate away from it. There is a free version for you, so don't give up.

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      Venkatachari M 3 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very useful and informative article. I am using Grammarly since one year. It is a very good spelling and grammar checker. I have the button on my Chrome browser and also on my word document.

      The photos shared by you are very interesting. Thanks for it.

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      Larry Rankin 3 months ago from Oklahoma

      Great tips!

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great look at that fine balancing act. My mom and my wives are hardcore about looking right when you walk out that door and face the world. Suit up and show up are heavy here.

      I guess I will take up my son's offer to engage in proofing/editing. At the very least the open dialogue about the usage of words and rhythm will stretch our respective global linguistic view. He is a minister, leader of a band and Santa Cruz graduate in philosophy. I just can't let a bot do it.

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      Chris Mills 3 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Becky, Sounds like you are in a comfort zone that is working quite well. I, on the other hand, need all the help I can get. Grammarly actually understands commas....I don't. Now nobody will know. :) Have a great weekend.

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      Chris Mills 3 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Eric, I love the passion I feel when I am writing, oblivious to the exact form the words take on the page. In fact, I am often not overly worried about the exact wording because I know there will be a time for that later. I understand what you are talking about. But....when granny goes to church, she puts makeup on and Junior's tooth loss is part of life. They grow back. For my own experience of passionate writing, I can overlook a lot of "errors." But when it comes time for the parade of words across the public stage, I want them dressed up and looking good. My opinion.

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      Chris Mills 3 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Martie, It sounds like you already have a good situation with MS Office offline and Grammarly online. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Nice to see you today.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Interesting stuff.

      I wonder in the creative space within us, if we do not need to do a little gut check here.

      I like old lady's faces with wrinkles. I like the passion flowing in writing so hard. My kid has two missing front teethe.

      Editors have been around forever and ever. But I kind of got the idea that they and the creative writer were meant to clash. How can you argue style with a bot?

      Chris perhaps this is just my cop out view so that I can justify my slovenliness as a writer '-)

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      Martie Coetser 3 months ago from South Africa

      I have had such a bad experience with Grammarly. It disabled Microsoft Office's 'almost perfect' spelling and grammar checker. I would love to use Grammarly as long as it stays online and don't get itself installed on my computer. What am I doing wrong?

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      Chris Mills 3 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      There is a free service. Let me check my links

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I did as you suggested and sighed in, giving my email address and a new password, then I was shown a menu of which service I wanted. There was no free service. The cost was $ 29.95 monthly. Bummer!!

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      Chris Mills 3 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      sallybea, That's a good point. I can make links elsewhere. It is more important to keep Chrome and Grammarly, even though it did try to make me spell your name, Sally be. :)

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      Chris Mills 3 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      simplehappylife, thanks for that input. I will start looking at the pricing.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 months ago from Norfolk

      Yes, I think it is Grammarly, I seem to recall that Matt told me to try another Browser, which I did. I can create links in Edge so I don't worry about it anymore because I think I need Grammarly more than the few links I create.

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      SA Williams 3 months ago from Earth

      Lol, ●‿●

      If you spend a lot of time writing, especially making money at it, Grammarly premium is definitely a good investment.

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      Chris Mills 3 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Becky, I haven't tried that particular example. I'll test it to see. But it does warn of misused words, such as there and their. Thanks for reading

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      Becky Katz 3 months ago from Hereford, AZ

      Only problem with most of these is that they can't tell the difference between passed and past. Things like that seem to fool most of these programs. I use Word and it has caught me a few times. You do need to know the difference between passed and past though. It has to ask you which you want to use.

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      Chris Mills 3 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      simplehappylife, that's a good plug for the upgrade, and I am considering myself. Thanks for the input.

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      Chris Mills 3 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Ruby, use the PC versions. Good luck. Let me know how it turns out.

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      SA Williams 3 months ago from Earth

      Even though Grammarly isn't perfect, I do think it is great! I use the premium version and in many ways, it has not only corrected my writing it has actually made me a better writer. I particularly enjoy the "teaching" aspect of the program. It doesn't just highlight errors, it explains why it is an error.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I want to get it. Chris, I have an acer laptop, so which link would I use that you've provided? Thanks..

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      Chris Mills 3 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Mike, to get that, all we'd have to do is download you. Thanks for stopping by.

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      mckbirdbks 3 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      I use Grammarly and another software to check over my writing. I am sure it improves the work. Yet a week does not go by where an error of some kind is found after publication.

      Now, I am looking forward to software that can respond to, "Write something interesting using 1250 words."

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      Chris Mills 3 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Sally, I am suddenly having trouble with creating links in Hubs. Do you think it is the Grammarly extension in Chrome? I've been creating links with an online link tool elsewhere.

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      Chris Mills 3 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Thanks, Kristen. I just got it and am really enjoying how it is there all the time to make all my writing what it should be. I'd love to upgrade, but will be happy with the free stuff for now.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 months ago from Norfolk

      I would not be without it. The only negative is that I can't insert a link when using grammarly with Chrome. I have to use my Edge browser if I want to insert an Amazon link.

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      Kristen Howe 3 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Chris, I've been using Grammarly for my own writing, HP's hubs and for my Upwork assignments for the past two months or so. I also have it part of my browser as well. I do have the beta free version and wish to buy the premium services someday. Great hub!

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