If you are a blogger or content marketer, it's important to have a way to check your content for overlooked spelling and grammar mistakes.
After all, none of us are perfect and way better things to be doing with our time, right?
As content creators who are constantly writing, so watching for errors as we go can slow us down.
On top of that, we have all experienced how lacking typical auto-correct and spell checkers are.
That is where a tool like Grammarly comes in.
Grammarly watches for spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and adapts to multiple writing styles (that you can choose in your settings).
It also has a vocabulary enhancement settings, to help you take your writing further, and a plagiarism checker in case you have writers on your team you need to keep an eye on.
It also works as a cloud storage option for your documents and a number if extension options for many applications (Word, browsers, etc).
Inside the Application
Inside of the website, you can use Grammarly as a cloud storage space for all of your documents.
The editor gives you a clean space to write your documents and edits them in real time. The correction suggestions look like this:
From there, you can accept the edits or add words to your dictionary so you don't continuously get told to change them.
What Does Grammarly Check?
Of course, Grammarly is a grammar checker, but it also does a whole lot more.
The editor scans for issues with:
- grammar (including reasons why)
- and punctuation
according to the writing style you specified in your settings.
It also offers vocabulary suggestions to help improve your writing too.
If you've ever had a word processor fail you when it came to spelling and grammar checking,moving over to Grammarly might be a great choice for you.
As you probably know, a choice of writing style can drastically change the way you write. And Grammarly knows this too, so they offer options for:
- Native English speakers
- Business professionals
- Medical professionals
- Technical writers and more.
No, Grammarly is not perfect, and these writing styles will honestly act just as a guide. But it certainly beats having no differences in writing style at all.
Analytics - An Overview of Your Mistakes
If working on your grammar and spelling is a big focus for you, the analytics for each document can come in very handy.
At the bottom of your document, you can click your score to receive a report on your grammar.
The editor also gives you a word count at the bottom of your document, which you might find very useful when you are working towards a specific client word count or just to see how long your article is.
Grammarly also has web extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer.
When you use an extension, you can make use Grammarly on almost any website where you are creating content. For example, this may include:
- social media
- writing blog posts in WordPress or Blogger
- or any other online tool you use.
These extensions work very similarly to the main editor, so you will feel right at home.
Once you have downloaded one, you will start to see their logo appear in places where Grammarly is able to check for grammar mistakes.
Below is an example of Grammarly showing up in Gmail. Very helpful indeed!
The browser extension also shows up in popular online websites like Facebook and Twitter, where it is very easy to make a typo when quickly writing up a social media post.
Below you can see Grammarly keeping an eye on me within Facebook:
Microsoft Word Extention
For all of the Microsoft Office lovers, Grammarly also has an extension for Microsoft Office that works very well with Word and Outlook.
Grammarly is no replacement for programs like Word, and they understand that, so they've created an extension to let you benefit from both at once.
However, the Word extension is only available for those using Windows.
Recently, Grammarly released their own native desktop app.
With this desktop application, you don't have to copy and paste documents into Microsoft Word or into the browser application to proofread them. Instead, it is far easier.
Simply drag and drop the document in the Grammarly application on the desktop and it will automatically check for grammar mistakes. Cool, huh!
Can You Get It For Free?
When trying a new program, it's helpful to have access to some sort of free or trial version.
In this case, Grammarly gives you access to the browser extension, the online application and the desktop application.
These versions will check for spelling, context and vocabulary issues and 150 types of grammar mistakes.
Below you can see a comparison that we got direct from Grammarly, showing you what you get in the Free vs. Paid version.
Mistake Types Corrected
Grammarly for MS Office
Document Type Customization
Pros and Cons of Grammarly
No review would be complete without an easy to digest summary of the pros and cons, so you can check them out below.
Pros of Grammarly
Grammarly has multiple options to fit your writing style and systems such as their browser extension and Microsoft extension.
The correction explanation and grammar reports help you improve your grammar over time.
The program gives you more confidence than basic editors, because it is in real time. That is something you can't get when hiring a proofreader.
With the free version, you get to use 3/4 of the editing options.
Cons of Grammarly
The Grammarly Word extension of is only available for Windows computers.
Many professionals believe Grammarly, and similar grammar programs, allow students to skip out on learning grammar. (personally I am happy to get the help)
Is Grammarly Right For You?
If you're a blogger, a content creator, student or business professional, Grammarly could be a great tool to have.
After trying it out, I believe the program is great for anyone who could make grammar or spelling mistakes when quickly creating their content. Also, if you want to be confident in the quality of your emails and content, without the cost of constantly hiring a proofreader (or at least sending them something more error-free) then this tool gets you off to a great start.
You can try out Grammarly for free, or get a paid subscription with all of the features for just $11.66 a month here.
Have you tried Grammarly or a similar service? What did you think?
We would love to hear your opinion below.