Grammarly, the Best Grammar Checker
How long has it been since you have taken a course in grammar? How secure do you feel in your grammar skills? Have they gotten a little rusty over the years, or maybe you have always been a little rusty, never quite catching on to all those silly little rules? I have always thought my grammar skills were okay, and that I could write a concise statement that made sense to most people. In addition, I found that by reading my work out loud, I was able to detect many errors before others had the pleasure of pointing them out to me, or even worse, to each other.
Now that I am actively pursuing a career in writing, and since it has been over 30 years since I have taken any kind of English coursework, I wanted to know that what I was writing was up to par with what the experts expected. I wanted to be competitive with writers who had a lot more writing experience than I did.
I Decided to Check Out the Grammar Checker
A fellow hubber, davenmidtown, mentioned that he used a grammar checker, Grammarly. I decided to check it out. When you go to their website, they make some pretty hefty claims, stating that they are the “world’s most accurate grammar checker”. That’s saying a whole lot considering that the world is a pretty large place.
On their home page, they describe themselves as being “an automated proofreader and personal grammar coach”. They also state that they can examine many different aspects of my writing, including not just grammar, but punctuation and contextual spelling as well. Some of the other key product benefits stated were that it would immediately proofread and correct over 150 types of errors! It is also able to check for plagiarism. The evaluation and feedback given is almost instantaneous considering the details that are addressed.
Free 7 Day Trial
I decided to give it a try, and signed up for their free seven day trial. After the trial is over you can continue with the service for between $8 -$20 per month depending on the subscription level you want: monthly, quarterly, or yearly. Grammarly can be used as an online grammar checker or as a plug-in to be used with Microsoft® Word directly on your computer.
Using Grammarly is as easy as typing the text directly into their text box, or cutting and pasting it from Microsoft® Word or HubPages into their text box. It then checks your work and makes suggestions for improvement.
It also makes suggestions for words to improve vocabulary usage. I like this one. It spices up my writing because I’m not using the same words all the time. Sometimes the words that were suggested better illustrate what I was actually trying to say anyway.
When you are ready for it to check your document, you are able to choose the type of analysis you would like to have done. Your choices are general, business, academic, technical, creative and casual. This allows you to focus your grammar check on the needs of your intended audience.
When I had done writing in the past, I relied on Microsoft® Word to check my work. How many times have you done a spell check and the word should have been “they’re” and you typed “there”, or“wood” and you meant “would”? The Microsoft® Word software does not detect these typo’s because they are actual words. Grammarly does a contextual spelling check and identifies these errors.
Other grammar issues that Grammarly addresses that Microsoft® Word was not designed to address are:
- quantifier usage (words like less and more)
- commonly confusedwords (words like insure versus ensure)
- squinting modifiers (making sure that it is clear what clause is being modified by a word)
- preposition misuse
- all comma usage
I made my decision. I subscribed to Grammarly. Now you decide whether it is right for you. Are you ready to take your writing to the next level? Are you ready to make your writing error-free?
Note: I do not receive any type of compensation should you decide to use Grammarly.
The video below is davenmidtown's demo of Grammarly. It is this video, which I stumbled across in youtube, that introduced me to Grammarly.
Are you going to try Grammarly free for 7 days?
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