Have you ever published a blog post or submitted your academic project only to find spelling mistakes and punctuation errors screaming to sink you below the earth?
This is even worse if English is your second language (like me!) or you are a busy business person with lots more important work to do that to learn grammar all over again.
However, there are tons of great hacks for checking spelling, grammar, punctuation online. And today, I’ll introduce one such revolutionary tool (Grammarly, it is) that can help you write faster and better without having to worry about comma placements or even plagiarism.
Today, we’ll review Grammarly, which is yet another revolution in terms of writing better and correct English. It also has an inbuilt plagiarism checker and proofreader tool which have rave reviews, but let’s not take that for granted.
Grammarly is a probably the world’s most popular writing tool that enhances your English, checks your writing for traces of duplicate content, and also suggests you better wording, checks for punctuation errors.
Grammarly is an online app that you can use to write directly or upload (or copy/paste) a previously written document to check for any grammatical mistakes. Grammarly also has a free chrome extension that sits under the hood of your browser and checks grammatical mistakes when you are writing anything, literally (even your Facebook status updates, emails and blog comments).
It was launched in 2009 and is owned by Max Lytvyn, Alex Shevchenko. Since then, Grammarly has continued its journey to helping writers, bloggers, students and academic teachers write better and correct English.
1. Feature Overview: What are the best features of Grammarly?
Grammarly is an instant grammar checker, and it has a plethora of features that can help you write mistake-free English no matter it be a status update or a blog post or an important school essay project.
Here is a feature overview of how Grammarly can help you:
I have been using Grammarly since a couple of years. Since English is my second language, I was terrible at writing my blog posts. After suggestions from many professional bloggers, I decided to give Grammarly a try and have never looked back again.
I use Grammarly based on the browser extension which acts as my instant grammar and punctuation checker. Grammarly has been handy in writing perfect, error-free emails, social media updates, and even blog posts.
Grammarly has free browser extension for all modern browsers like chrome, Firefox and safari. Download yours here to correct your grammar/punctuation errors on the go.
After you download the extension, log in to get your personalized dashboard. You don’t need to check the dashboard, as Grammarly icon sits at every text field you write and suggests you the errors.
Step 1: Download the browser extension to kick start the process. The Grammarly website can recognize what browser you are using, and it provides an option to download the add-on. Do it without thinking twice.
Step 2: Then, look at the toolbar section of your browser (In Firefox and Chrome, it lies just right to the address bar). If you can see a green G button, the installation is successful.
Step 3: From now on, anything you write on your browser will be checked for grammatical errors. (This sentence was detected by Grammarly as passive voice amongst a few others!)
Read further to find how.
What do you think the Grammarly icon on the toolbar used for? Well, if you don’t like the live checking option floating over other websites, you can proceed to much more dedicated space using their web app.
But you should be signed into Grammarly for using the extension.
Are you ready to explore the steps? Here we go.
Step 1: To use the web version, just create an account here. Don’t worry you can choose the free version while signing up.
Step 2: Click on the extension button, and you will see a menu as an image given below.
Step 3: There are two options at the bottom; one is New Document that lets you go to the Grammarly editor all at once. The other one is My Grammarly, clicking on it will bring you to the dashboard. (You can choose between American and British English as well).
As we are going to check a write-up, New Document is our thing.
Step 4: You can insert text into the editor in three different ways as shown in the figure; type directly into it, paste from anywhere or just upload a document.
Step 5: I chose to go with upload option and here’s what I got after that.
See it even spot the words I use more often. After the check, you can download the file in the same format with a click (see the marked button in the image). Grammarly will save the document in the download folder as filename.edited.
If you’re a Microsoft Word user and wondering how to use Grammarly with MS Word, I’ve got your back covered. Grammarly does integrate with MS Office via a Word add-in, which you can download here.
NOTE: Grammarly word add-in is a paid feature. Click here to download Grammarly MS Word add-in for you.
Other notable apps are Grammarly native apps like the Grammarly desktop software for Windows. You can download it here. This piece of software is helpful to use Grammarly directly from the desktop and outlook.
How to use it: It is pretty simple you just need to install it like any other software and then it syncs with your MS Word. Check it below:
Let's now see how Grammarly aids in writing proper copy by correcting Grammar, spelling and punctuation thoroughly.
If you think why bother a new tool when our traditional MS Word has all the spelling and punctuation corrector inbuilt, I’d say think twice. Grammarly is intuitive and checks for your writing pattern corrects contextual spelling checker that would otherwise go unnoticed when using MS Word.
For example, words like next and nest, affect and effect, lie and lay are too complex for traditional word processors to detect. But, Grammarly has corrected 100s if not 1000s of such mistakes in my writing.
#2. Repetitive word Detection and correction:
When writing a long essay or even a blog post, we tend to use a word way too often than necessary. (In this article, I have overused words like premium, as detected by Grammarly)! These go unnoticed by us but not the reader and can cause huge loss of marks or impression.
Check the screenshot below about how Grammarly has pointed out common repetitive words from my writing.
#3. Checks Advanced Grammar rules:
Though writing grammatically correct sentences might not be necessary on social media, you have to be sharp about grammatical rules like subject-verb agreement, article use, etc.
Correct grammar and punctuation are the backbone for getting better grades at universities, winning business proposals and jobs and even getting a date ( yes a research conducted by Grammarly proved 98% of dates who used Grammarly while messaging were successful than their friends ).
Grammarly points each error with red and green underlines, and when you hover on them, Grammarly highlights the error, gives a bit of info about what went wrong and then suggests the correct option.
Just like a personal English trainer would do, right?
Grammarly Plagiarism Checker Review:
Grammarly plagiarism checker is by far the best online plagiarism checker tool till date. Plagiarism is essential the duplicate content in a piece of document. Detecting plagiarism is a big problem with many people especially writers and college authorities.
If you’re a blogger who outsources blog posts from freelance writers or similar content shops like Upwork then you should definitely run the outsourced document through an efficient plagiarism checker like Grammarly.
Similarly, universities face a lot of problem in detecting plagiarism among students’ projects. So, they prefer running the assignments through an automated proofreader before submission.
Most colleges have this work done by librarians. Here is what Ailya of Charter College has to say about how Grammarly has become the go to plagiarism checker tool for the teachers/professors over at her college.
In my review too, I found Grammarly checks my document for any traces of copied content from over a database of 8 billion web pages. Moreover, it displays the percentage of plagiarized content so that you can decide if it is ignorable or not.
Here is a screenshot my that describes how my fellow freelance writer Christine C. Renee was surprised with the accuracy of the Grammarly plagiarism checker.
Grammarly Proofreader Review:
Grammarly’s online proofreading feature is a blessing for many like me who can’t afford a professional human proofreader. Grammarly’s proofreading adapts into our writing style (business cover letter/academic paper or a novel). By far the most trusted proofreader to create mistake-free resume or cover letters.
The automated online proofreader tool of Grammarly not only checks and corrects grammar and common mistakes like comma placements it also detects plagiarism and if found, but it also generates citations in MLA, APA & Chicago.
Grammarly is been the most used online proofreader and grammar checker tool by millions of professional writers, business persons and bloggers worldwide.
Other notable Grammarly features that made me a lifetime paid customer of it are:
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I have been using Grammarly for a couple of years now and all I can see is I can't imagine writing without it. It has not only correct thousands of my spelling and comma errors, but also, helped me to better my writing due to the suggestions is makes and nugget-sized explanations it gives.
Grammarly's proofreader feature including contextual grammar checking and punctuation errors is by far the best I have seen. The plagiarism checker has been a life-saver for content outsourcers like me and academic workers (college professors and teachers) to check for plagiarism or duplicate content in student essays/projects.
I recommend Grammarly to anyone who has the need to write better for business. If writing is an essential part of your professional life, you should try it now!