Bottom Line: For the Tapblogging content I rely on several tools, Grammarly is one of them. Being a professional writer I have been using Grammarly for the last 3 years. In this post, I will share an honest Grammarly review along with how to effectively use all its features.
Grammarly is one of the most popular and recognized tools for grammar, spelling, punctuation, tone, readability, etc checking.
Let us get this Grammarly review on the stage.
What is Grammarly?
As a multinational technology company, Grammarly was launched in the year 2009 by developing a digital writing tool to check grammar, spelling, punctuation, tone, etc to make writing more clear and effective. Its products are available as desktop software, web apps and software plugins.
Why Use Grammarly?
No matter if you are a student, writer, blogger, freelancer, proofreader, professional, etc. if you write on a digital device (even on any physical mode) you are always prone to the error. Professionals having a grasp of grammar can experience unwanted mistakes in their writing. Grammarly analyses the piece of text and uses its advanced Artificial Intelligence on the written text for any errors.
Reasons why you should use Grammarly?
- It will automatically suggest fixing spelling, grammar, typos, etc.
- The free version has lots of features.
- No need to upload text every time into its online editor if the Grammarly browser extension is installed.
- It easily integrates with word processing software like Microsoft Word (MS Word) as well as with Outlook.
- Grammarly has both free and paid versions (We will discuss more about it later in this post).
- From the best seller novelists to the non-native English speakers uses Grammarly.
- Grammarly has more than 10 million daily active users.
Which One to Choose – Free Vs Premium?
Grammarly comes with both Free and premium options. 95% of Grammarly users use the free version. The reason is very simple as the free version provides basic grammar, spelling, and punctuation. The premium version takes you further if you want to do more with your writing.
You can use the free Grammarly version for error-free articles as many times as you like. This will allow you to use this most popular tool and will let you decide whether to buy the paid version or not.
Below are the Premium Version features which you will miss if you are using the free version:
|Plans||Price||Who Should Get it?|
|Free||Free||Ideal for those who are looking for basic writing suggestions.|
|Premium||$12.00 / month||Perfect for bloggers and students for their writing at work, blog and school.|
|Business||$15.00 / member / month||Professional team having 3 to 149 members.|
Is it Worth Buying Grammarly Premium?
The answer to this question is a big “Yes”. If you are a student or a hobby blogger then we would suggest first using the free version. Although the Grammarly free version has lots of features, if you are a writer on a budget then you buy the premium version to deliver an error-free document.
Understanding Key Features of Grammarly
Grammar And Punctuation
This feature detects the basic mistakes people make in the content like the most common grammatical, punctuation, commas, etc.
Grammarly quickly checks the spelling error, it works far better than the world’s native spelling checker with high accuracy.
The readability feature of Grammarly checks the performance of your written piece. It shows the ideal age group of the document. The readability score is between 1-100, the higher score means better readability.
You can select the primary language and the English dialect by navigating to the profile setting.
The writing style of Grammarly will act as your mentor who gives you the right suggestions according to your selected audience, intent, tone, formality, etc. to polish your writing style.
When you find any type of line (Red, blue, yellow) below the word, you can click on the line to know more about the exact reason for that particular error. A popup of suggestions will appear with the information about the mistake.
Grammarly provides a downloadable report that has all the metrics which one can check to improve writing.
Grammarly Plagiarism Checker (Premium Only)
Thinking is not someone’s fiefdom and while writing it is possible that your thinking may match someone else’s writing. For anything to be written we do lots of deep research and read someone else’s work. As a human behaviour, our brain tends to find the easiest job to save energy, so sometimes when you read something it can be utilised by the brain to save time and effort. Without any attribution using someone else’s work is plagiarism, whether intentional or unintentional.
From the 16 billion web pages Grammarly plagiarism checker checks for the part of the text that matches these pages. If any part matches, it shows as an alert in the document. When you use Grammarly plagiarism checker it flags the matched sentence along with the reference of information about the copied source. It also calculates the overall originality score of your whole document.
In several dimensions, Grammarly premium plagiarism checker offers advanced writing feedback to improve the overall document.
Before we proceed further with using the Grammarly premium, let us take a look at the different ways to use Grammarly.
Where Grammarly Can Be Used?
1. Grammarly Online Editor – Web Interface
To access Grammarly Online editor visit their website https://www.grammarly.com/ click on the login button in the top right corner.
If you don’t have the account then you can simply create it. For easy sign in you can use Google, Facebook or apple id login.
After login, you will be taken to https://app.grammarly.com/ where you can click on New to simply copy and paste the content or upload the document.
Both the free and premium version of Grammarly allows you to check up to 50,000 words or 100 documents within 24 hours. For 1 month (30-day period) document limitation is 15,000 words or 300 documents.
The file upload size of the document must not exceed 4 MB and the supported file types are Microsoft Word DOC, Docx, ODT, TXT and RTF.
2. Grammarly for Desktop – Software
After using the online editor you might be thinking that every time copy and paste is required. But the answer to this is No. From their homepage, you can download the Grammarly software if you are using Windows and macOS as Grammarly is not available for the Linux desktop version.
As this tool is internet-based that requires an internet connection to use it. Like the browser editor, it has the same interface. You can directly drag and drop from the word procession document, with its rich text formatting support you will not lose the text formatting.
3. Grammarly for Browser -Extension
Grammarly can be easily used through the browser extension. Grammarly browser extension can be installed directly from the Google Chrome web store or by simply typing “Grammarly chrome extension” in google search.
While performing activities in the browser such as commenting, blog posting, Facebook posts, tweets, email, etc Grammarly browser automatically checks for the errors. For the bloggers, and writers who are using Google processing documents, it will automatically check for the error in the document and assist. Grammarly extension is available for almost all the top used browsers such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.
4. Grammarly Mobile App – Keyboard
After installing the mobile app on your mobile device either Android or iOS, Grammarly has its keyboard for these two platforms.
Grammarly mobile application is available on Google play store as well as on iTunes.
Grammarly mobile keyboards help catch the small mistakes which are likely to happen while typing on mobile devices.
5. Grammarly For Microsoft Office – Plugin
You can install the Grammarly Microsoft add-in plugin. This is only available for the Microsoft office and outlook running on the Windows platform.
Exploring Grammarly Most Used Features
While using Grammarly tools one thing which you will notice is “It is fast and has a minimal interface”. All thanks to the Grammarly Design and Development team. No distractions while writing or proofreading such as widgets, or excessive menus are present.
A simple search bar on the main dashboard allows you to find your document easily.
The online document editor interface has two menus that are barely noticeable which is good if you are looking for word editing software for distraction-free writing.
The left-hand side toolbar has all the necessary navigation such as:
My Document: To go to the main dashboard
New Document: To create a new document.
Upload file: Upload the file from the system drive.
Download: Download the edited document.
Document: It contains cut, copy, paste, undo, redo, edit, select all, etc.
The bottom section of the left menu section has settings, language preferences, subscriptions, etc.
The bottom bar has all the necessary formatting options which you will commonly find in the word processor interface.
This proofreading tool is perfect for those who are into writing long-form content. Grammarly never let the language be a barrier between you and your content readers. With so many advantages of using this tool make it your primary content editor to have an error-free document.
This post was proofread by Grammarly
Freepik and All screenshots were taken by the author, 18 June 2022