First of all, let me say that I tend to be trying to do several things at one time. I usually have my blog up writing a post when I will notice the tab for Facebook has a message. When I go over there to reply quickly, I often hit publish and then almost immediately see an error. I am always going back and editing my posts. That works on Facebook but not really on Twitter. It is also annoying because I wonder how many people see all of the errors I make.
Along came Grammarly, the automated proofreader, founded by Alex Shevchenko and Max Lytvyn. Now, I do already have a plugin on my blog that adds a spell checker, but that only works on my blog. When I was offered a chance to try out Grammarly (affiliate link and there are others in this post) for one month free in exchange for a review, I readily agreed. Then I thought that maybe my readers might like to try out the paid version of Grammarly as well. Plus, Grammarly is going to give away a quarterly subscription for the winner of my giveaway. It goes live on 1/18 so check here. By the way, for my time, they added a second free month of Grammarly.
So now you know how things came to be but the question is, does it work and why would a person pay for the premium version? I don’t have a definite answer to that for you. I would say that it depends on what you are going to be using it to check. Personally, I am finding it very useful. I am saving time because I am just typing away quickly and then fixing things when I am done with Grammarly’s suggestions.
The first thing I did was to add Grammarly to my Chrome browser. That means that when I am on social media or even writing emails, my writing is being checked. The good thing is that it doesn’t get in my way. It underlines words and if I hover over an underlined word it gives me suggestions. But it also stays down at the bottom of what I am doing and is ready when I want to fix things. Whatever document it is checking, this is what it looks like when you click to polish your writing. You can also check it out on YouTube if you click here.
For this example, it was picking up words in my email (I purposely typed some things wrong to be able to show you Grammarly in action.) If you hover over the underlined text, Grammarly will show you the suggestions.
You can just click the correct word and keep writing your email, or you can wait until you are finished and check the whole thing at once. You can also download Grammarly for Word. This proofreader program is helpful to upload or copy and paste your documents. As soon as I did this I found one problem right away.
As soon as I tried to upload my ebook I am working on I got this error message.
Well, that was a disappointment. I suppose it would still work if I just checked a portion at a time. Okay, so one con so far but overall it seems very helpful. Here is what it looks like when you are trying to check a document.
One thing I noticed is that I do not always agree with the suggestions Grammarly is making. I do have it set to the professional level proofreader, so it is going to be a bit more strict with the grammar rules.
If you don’t want to change to their suggestion, you do not have to do anything. In both cases above I would leave it alone. Now there is also an option to check for plagiarism. That is only available in the paid version.
I purposely copied some stuff so that you could see that it will catch it when it checks. Now one great feature in case you are going to use some material and need to credit the source is that if you click on where it says 116 unoriginal words it tells you where they came from so you can properly credit them if you decide to use them in your writing.
Since I have an interest in writing e-books, this feature would really come in handy. My blog post can be easily checked and that means I can actually deactivate one plugin. That is always a good thing. So we are back to which version do you need? Here is a chart that can help you see the difference between the free and the premium version of Grammarly.
With the free version, you get the browser extension, Grammarly for your desktop and the Grammarly editor. The premium version is where you will find the Plagiarism Detection and professional writers may find that the time saved is definitely worth the price.
IMHO, I do like the program quite a bit. I will most certainly be using the free version because I think that will help with many of my needs. As for the paid version, while I would like to have it the price is prohibitive for me. If I ever get my e-books done it very well might be worth it for me to pay for a month or maybe a quarter so that I can be sure I can’t be accused of plagiarism and also to fix the grammatical errors. I can usually find the spelling errors, but it is easy to miss grammatical mistakes. If you are constantly writing e-books, have a blog or you write reports for work or you are a teacher, then I think it would almost be a necessity. Take a look at 20 reports by clicking here that show exactly why you need Grammarly.
As for the cons, I already mentioned that maximum document size. While this can be overcome by just checking your work before you get all of the way to the end, it isn’t ideal. The other problem I noticed is that it interferes with my Greenshot program for screenshots, and I found it annoying. There might be a workaround for that, but I didn’t find it yet. Many people think that Grammarly showing you suggestions that they decide not to take annoying and a waste of time. I prefer to see all suggestions so that I don’t miss anything, and I don’t mind having to make a few decision myself.
If you would like to sign up for Grammarly, either the free or the paid version click here.
You can even hire a real person to proofread for you.
Grammarly has thought of everything!
Don’t forget to enter the Grammarly Premium Subscription Giveaway between 1/18 – 2/1 and good luck everyone!