Whether you’re writing a book or crafting a professional email, or submitting a paper, having a professional proofreading software can be a life-saver.
I’ve always been a big fan of excellent written works that are error-free from grammar infelicities.
But the sad truth is that:
- Not every writer can find or even afford a professional editor.
- You’ll sometimes write a piece very close to the deadline and have no time to refer it to an editor
- An unprofessional editor could do you a shoddy job and have you believe your piece is now error-free
But with different sets of editing software out there, which one (like White Smoke, HemingWay Editor, LT Ginger) gives you the biggest pay for your buck plus isn’t just the regular spell checker or grammar checker good enough?
Well, in today’s post I’m going to review one of the grammar checkers: Grammarly!
But to do this right, I’m going to show you exactly what Grammarly is and what it can do for you plus what’s the difference between the free version and the premium version and I’ll show you how I use Grammarly in my work life as well as my daily life.
Grammarly is my favorite proof-reading software, it not only helps to check and monitor my online writing like facebook, blogging and even forums but helps to check my papers, books, and scripts by correcting contextual spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and style.
It does this by using 3 different tools:
The Grammarly Browser Extension, which protects me from stupid mistakes while crafting a not-so-weedy post or comment as well as when I’m sending an email through gmail or any other online email service.
There is also the Microsoft Word and Outlook plugin which helps to check my documents with the click of a button and later I’ll show you exactly why this particular feature is only available for PC users, sorry Mac users!
And finally, there is the downloadable Grammarly personal editor app or online version which you can use it to either type documents or books or paper, copy and paste documents into it or just drag and drop them into Grammarly.
Inside there, I can organize my writing with blog articles, course scripts and even my Thesis, which I wrote while I was in Naval post-graduate school.
This was really a life-saver for me.
With Grammarly, there are two different versions: free and premium.
With the free version, you get access to the browser extension, Microsoft word and outlook plugin, personal editor on Grammarly.com or desktop app.
Inside of this, you can check definitions and synonyms and get access to over 150 different critical and spelling real checks. You’ll also get your writing performance stats via email which is pretty cool.
With premium, you’ll get all of the features in the free version plus an extra 100+ more critical grammar and spelling checks, vocabulary enhancement suggestions, genre-specific writing style checks (which is important for those fiction writers), access to Grammarly’s plagiarism detector system that checks more than 16 billion websites.
So what’s Grammarly premium cost and is it actually worth it?
We can all tell which one Grammarly wants us to go for, right?
I personally pay the annual subscription but does everyone has to do that?
Of course, not!
The thing is: I do a lot of writing on my blog and also for my books and I used to get a lot of high-rate emails from people over a simple grammar mistake.
I’ll make sure my daughter has this software when she goes to college next year because this sort of checker can really help her with her papers so the boost of premium is definitely worth it.
So you might be wondering: isn’t the Microsoft word spell and grammar checker just good enough?
To illustrate this: I did a side by side comparison of Word grammar checker to Grammarly’s free and even the premium version.
I took a Word document and made it error-free. But when I pasted the same document which Word said was error-free, Grammarly free found 16 mistakes in the document while the premium version found even more 96 mistakes.
Now, in truth: there were many suggestions by Grammarly that I could disregard but I could not believe some of the mistakes that were missed.
One question I get a lot from readers is that: Can Grammarly replace a professional editor.
And my answer is: NO!
So don’t buy Grammarly if you’re thinking you can cut out paying a professional editor. However, there are a lot of us out there who wouldn’t pay for an editor: like you’re submitting a paper to a teacher or you’re about to send a proposal to your boss… this is where Grammarly really shines because it’ll help you find a lot of those issues that can be a little embarrassing when it gets out there.
In the end, I’m a pretty big fan of Grammarly and I use it myself and if you’re interested in picking up either the free or the premium version be sure to visit their official website by clicking this link.