I decided to write about Grammarly grammar check software as I did not realise before how comprehensive this tool is. Previously I used free Google Translate or Google Docs, and these two worked fine for me. So, why have I decided to install Grammarly?
Why I struggled with Google tools
I struggled most with Google Translate and Google Docs because they are separate tools, and grammar and spelling check work only inside the tools.
In other words, if I had to create a Facebook or Twitter post, I had to write it first in one of the above tools and copy the text to my post. As a result, I was constantly moving from my Google tools to a new post, and due to I post a lot, wasting a lot of time.
Grammar check software that works with almost everything
Coincidently I stumbled upon Grammarly and learned they offer a free plugin for Chrome, so I installed it.
The best part of Grammarly is that it works with almost any web page in your web browser. The best selling point was that it worked for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, where I do most of my posting.
How Grammarly works
Regardless of where you use Grammarly, it works the same.
For instance, when you start typing a post on social media, it highlights the writing errors and makes instant fix suggestions. It is the best way for writing social media posts fast.
Also, inside the post, at the right bottom, you have two Grammarly icons to show you the quality of your post and if you have to fix anything.
Happy icon. You can click to recheck your text.
See how your text may sound to readers.
Grammarly shows the number of grammatical errors immediately.
On the other hand, if you work with a Google Docs document (Grammarly is already available for Google Docs in Beta), you preferable write the entire post and later turn Grammarly on and go through all suggested corrections.
This way, you will not be distracted from the fix ideas while writing about a specific topic.
An interesting feature is when you start a new article, you get a popup to set up your Grammarly Goals. There are five options you can set: Audience, Formality, Doman, Tone, and Intent.
If you are a blogger, you know how important it is to pass the right message to your readers. Also, to rank high, Google has to understand your intent well.
If you write an ambiguous text, it will be difficult to rank on the first page in Google.
Once these options are set, Grammarly will adjust the answers and give you correct, related suggestions.
One of the features I like most is Sentence Rephrasing. In the below sentence Grammarly suggested a change as my original wording was unclear and hard to follow.
Once you write the entire document, in the end, you should be looking to achieve Grammarly’s happy screen.
Another selling point is the Grammarly app. You can install Grammarly for Microsoft Office, use it with a Chrome plugin, or install it on your android or iPhone.
An important feature is that you can also install Grammarly for Windows. I am a travel blogger too, and often I go to places where there is no reception. Having the app installed on my laptop, I don’t have to connect to the internet to check my text.
Grammarly also teaches you the correct language
Grammarly’s best feature is a spelling and free grammar checker, but it also has premium plan features where you can learn more about your typing skills and grammatical mistakes you make every day.
Some of the most interesting suggestions that are learned through my premium months are:
- Word overuse
- Sentence structure
- Ambiguous modifiers
- Comma placements
- Word redundancy
- Text confusions
- Incorrect pronouns
English is not my first language, so I found the Grammarly suggestions vastly improving my writing skills.
Grammarly Plagiarism Checker
In blogging, writing good quality and original content is a must if you think of beating your competition. Checking for plagiarism is very important and Grammarly Plagiarism Checker will do the job.
In Premium or Business version Grammarly will compare your text to billions of websites looking for sentences or paragraphs that have been published elsewhere. At the end of the check, you will get an overall originality plagiarism score and also any citation suggestions you may add to your text.
Is Grammarly Premium worth it?
I think it depends on two things:
- What are your writing skills, and
- How much do you write
You should perhaps consider using Grammarly Premium if you do a lot of writing for your business website or blog.
If English is not your first language, using Grammarly for at least a few months can give you a real boost in your writing skills. You can develop some good writing habits and learn a better language.
After some time, it may happen you don’t need premium as your writing skill vastly improved, but that is probably a personal decision.
If you used Grammarly already, feel free to share your feedback here and drop a comment.
Otherwise, happy blogging!