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As an English teacher, I have been eyeballing Grammarly’s features since their founding in 2009. Sadly, none of the districts I worked in thus far utilized the platform for its grammar and plagiarism-checking abilities, so I am only now getting to play with it.
Side note: This is about the free services that Grammarly offers. If you want to know about their premium services, head on over to my review of those features!
Being an English teacher for ten years and having a Master of Arts in English, I consider myself a veritable grammar nerd. As a result, I didn’t expect to find much use in the program. I frequently find myself correcting Word’s spelling and grammar checker, and in my editing, I’m constantly finding errors Word missed. I figured Grammarly would be the same.
Boy, was I wrong.
Grammarly has cut down my editing time drastically. Now, I’ve only been playing with it for about ten days, so I can’t give you hard numbers of time saved (and really, who wants statistical data from an English major, anyhow?), but this program is the bee’s knees. No joke.
They so impressed me that I became an affiliate to test drive their premium account so I could offer you a side-by-side comparison of their free and paid services.
If you’re already sold, check out their account options here with my affiliate link. You can try their browser extension and their native app for free to help you decide if you want to take the plunge and go premium on The World’s Best Grammar Checker.
Grammarly’s Free Browser Extension
If grammar isn’t your strong suit (or even if it is), I very much encourage you to try out their web browser extension.
One, it’s free! I mean, really? Why not?
Two, I promise it will save you from grammar anomalies and typos. Moreover, you don’t want to be that person on Facebook who gets lambasted by an Internet warrior because, in your fervor to respond, you failed to follow one of the grammar rules.
Grammarly in Action
While you are typing, Grammarly scans your work to make sure errors don’t exist. In addition to underlining the offending words in red, a dot at the bottom right indicates (by being green or red) if it has found errors.
There are two options to review the suggested corrections. You can click on the red dot when errors are found and open this window:
You can also hover over each word to see their suggestions.
You’ll notice that Grammarly indicates an advanced grammar issue in addition to the three critical ones it helped me correct.
The advanced grammar issue would be a comma error I included in the sentence. Advanced errors require their premium services, so it tells you one exists, but not what it is. Clicking on the advanced issue indicator will lead you to their purchase page for premium.