Grammarly is a free spelling, grammar, and punctuation checker. Their premium plan includes extensive grammar checking, vocabulary enhancement suggestions, and integration with Microsoft Office. I’ve been using Grammarly premium for more than three months and consider their software to be a positive addition to my online tools. In this post, I’ll provide feedback regarding my experience.
The Case for Grammarly
In 2011, a nationwide test found that only 24 percent of students in eighth and 12th grades were proficient in writing, and just 3 percent were advanced. With three-quarters of the American student population displaying inadequate writing skills, the writing software and apps market can easily make the case for their solutions.
Concerning adults, Grammarly conducted a study of 100 LinkedIn profiles. In the same 10-year period, professionals who received one to four promotions made 45 percent more grammatical errors than did professionals who were promoted six to nine times. According to Lauren Simonds of Small Business Computing, “Bad writing can have a wide-ranging, negative effect on your business, from creating a less-than-coherent business plan and hampering your efforts to attract investors, to communicating with employees, vendors, and even your customers.”
As an infopreneur, writing is a necessity through my blogs, courses, and books. Not only does Grammarly enhance my writing skills, it gives me the edge I need to appear more educated and professional to my customers.
Claims Made by Grammarly
“Grammarly makes you a better writer by finding and correcting up to 10× more mistakes than your word processor.”
True. I am a better writer for using Grammarly. I’ve subjected previous work to Grammarly’s algorithms, and many mistakes were identified. For instance, I reviewed several of my product descriptions and discovered errors. Microsoft Word is not nearly as proficient at recognizing my grammar and punctuation mistakes.
“Instantly find and correct over 250 types of grammatical mistakes.”
True. Many of us are familiar with having to copy, paste, and submit text into an online checker, for example, this is how the AftertheDeadline functions. Conversely, Grammarly’s app is continually checking your writing for mistakes in real-time to provide instant feedback.
“Improve word choice with context-optimized vocabulary suggestions.”
True. Context-optimized vocabulary suggestions are by far my favorite feature. All too often, novice writers draw upon the same words to use over and over. This unfortunate habit limits writing creativity and expression, for instance, I often use the word “great” and when I do, Grammarly will suggest substitutions such as fantastic, amazing, or excellent to improve my writing. Additionally, Grammarly highlights word repetition and will suggest replacements.
“Grammarly’s free browser extension helps you write mistake-free in Gmail, Facebook, WordPress, LinkedIn, and anywhere else you write on the Web.”
Yes, and No. Grammarly’s free browser extension is fantastic when it interacts with platforms such as Gmail, Facebook, WordPress, and other top rated sites that their engineers experiment with frequently. However, I’ve noticed on several sites that after clicking on “Correct with Grammarly,” making changes, then returning, the changes don’t always update. I can’t say for sure why my changes don’t always stick, but it’s probably a technical glitch somewhere. Therefore, I always check to see if Grammarly is working as it should (90%+ of the time it is).
The Microsoft Office add-ins for Word and Outlook are available through a premium plan. I installed the add-ins for both applications but eventually uninstalled Grammarly for Outlook because I felt it was too slow and clunky. For Microsoft Word, the Grammarly add-in is good, but I don’t believe it’s as reliable or proficient as their browser extensions. I’ve done a side by side comparison where the browser extension revealed new mistakes compared to MS Word.
Blog and Social Media
Grammarly’s blog and social media updates are educational, informative, and humorous. I follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates. You would think a grammar company would post nothing but boring stuff, but that isn’t the case here.
- Grammar Basics: What Are Possessive Nouns? – Educational
- 5 Ways to Make Sure Your Email Writing Is Clear – Informative
- 20 Pi Puns to Inspire Your Nerdiness – Humorous
Weekly Progress Report & Tips
Premium plan members receive a weekly activity report which is an analysis of your writing. It provides insights that can help you to become an even better writer. Your progress report looks at three main components: activity, mastery, and vocabulary. Furthermore, it highlights your top grammar mistakes and writing tips. Their report is ascetically pleasing and an excellent addition to the Grammarly experience. I usually take a quick glance at my grammar mistakes to understand where I need to improve.
Human beings have been writing for centuries, but Grammarly has only been around since 2009 to help us improve our writing skills. More than anything else, they’re a technology start-up that is making excellent strides regarding English language technology, algorithms, and optimization. On the flip side, technology isn’t perfect, and this applies to Grammarly’s software, but a few bugs are not going to hamper my use or glowing recommendation of their products. Both students and professionals can benefit from using Grammarly. Furthermore, Grammarly is essential for ESL students and individuals seeking to improve their command of the English language.
Note: The Grammarist review of Grammarly is outdated and of poor form. They should take it upon themselves to evaluate Grammarly again as their software has improved.
Rating for Grammarly