I don’t know about you, but I write content every day and to ensure that the content is free of grammar spellings I use Grammarly. I was checking for a good tool to check my grammar and spelling, and I stumbled in Grammarly. Today, I will explain how to use Grammarly, the online grammar checker.
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What Is Grammarly?
Grammarly is an app that checks your text and detects eventual grammar, punctuation, spelling mistakes. The online grammar checker was developed by Alex Shevchenko and Max Lytvyn and released in 2009. The Grammarly is available as an app in Android and iOS.
Grammarly is your friend whenever you need it. You can use Grammarly to check the spelling of anything you write, for personal or professional purpose. When you check your content, the tool offers content specific and precise suggestions. I use Grammarly when writing in Microsoft Office Word and Outlook or social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter.
How Does It Work?
Before starting the grammar checks, you set up your goals which means setting the following features: intent, audience, style, emotion, and domain. You may ask why and what are these features? When you set these options, the tool will scan your text for grammar mistakes and will give you precise and context related suggestions.
Each option from the goal set up has different settings. Let’s take them one by one.
The Intent option has the following available values: inform, describe, convince, tell a story.
Audience option has the following available values: general, knowledgeable, expert.
Style option has the following available values: formal and informal.
Emotion option has the following available values: mild and strong.
Domain option has the following available values: general, academic, business, creative, casual.
As you can see, if you define your writing goals, Grammarly will give you the best possible suggestions in regards with to grammar checking.
Another useful feature is performance. Based on your goals, the tool will give a percentage value of the text compared with other texts checked by Grammarly.
Word count is another metric, and the tool will count the number of words, characters, and sentences used in the text. Reading time and speaking time is also approximated for the checked text.
The last metric is readability. Your text is compared with other Grammarly users text, and relevant metrics are displayed (e.g., average, above average, etc.). You can find information regarding word length, sentence length, and readability score.
In the end, a summary is displayed giving you information about the audience and readability based on the text analysis.
You are able to download a FREE report about the text performance. I find it quite interesting and motivating as I can improve my writing skills based on historical reports.
The text is checked for spelling, grammar, punctuation, fluency, variety, vocabulary and a good deal of other metrics. Each of the metrics has a number of associates which relates to the errors found, and when you correct the error, the number decreases. In the same time, the performance parameter increases.
As a writer, you also want to proofread your content and Grammarly has this option. You will have three options to choose from in regards to your delivery time: 24 hours, 30 hours and 30 minutes. This service is not free, there is a fee for each of the options, respectively $4.75, $11.40 and $14.25. This is a small investment in your content, it’s there for you.
This is another useful option. When using it, your text is checked against all the online content from the internet. In case your text matches an existing content, you will get the percentage and the sources which match with your piece of text. If the text is created by you, there are still possibilities that a small percentage of plagiarism can be captured. You may ask why? Because the common sentences are used by others and there are big chances that others used them before you.
For example, ‘I hope you enjoyed the article ‘, ‘I would love to hear your thoughts just’. In a text where you have ‘I would love to hear your thoughts just’, it generates itself 35% matches with other texts. The source of the text is provided, and I think this is a good way to ensure your text is 100% unique.
Each week I receive a weekly report about my writing which I find it very motivated. It tells me how productive, accurate
I was and how many unique words I have used in comparison with other Grammarly users. The top 3 mistakes report is also available like missing period, missing comma.
When I start using Grammarly, I used the FREE version, but after some weeks of usage, I discover that I cannot access some of the suggested improvements because were available only on the Premium version. As I write daily, I decided to upgrade to Premium.
There are three available plans: monthly, quarterly and annual. Personally, I choose the annual plan because it offers the best value for my needs.
Why Choose Premium?
Let’s have a closer look at Premium membership. Grammarly will check grammar (e.g., incorrect verb tense), punctuation (e.g., missing comma), sentence structure (e.g., missing verb) and style (e.g., passive voice) at a deeper level.
Since I use the Premium version, I improve my writing skills and week after week I can see in the weekly report how my writing is improving. Without Grammarly, I have made many mistakes, and I know this because I checked my old texts with Grammarly.
Take a look at the FREE vs. Premium versions.
You thought that this is all that this tool can offer? Don’t hurry to jump to a conclusion, there is more. Grammarly is very versatile, and it has some amazing products from which you can benefit.
1. Grammarly for MS Office
Downloaded for FREE and check your grammar in your MS Office Word document. As a bonus, the add-in is integrated with Outlook.
2. Grammarly for Windows
You just install the add-in, and it will be displayed on your desktop. Whenever you need open a document or project, just drag and drop the file you like to be checked by Grammarly.
3. Grammarly for FireFox
The last goodies of Grammarly are coming under the following services:
1. Grammarly EDU
This amazing service will help students to improve writing grades and writing confidence. As a customer of this service, Grammarly will give access to grammar tutorials and paper support. This service can be purchased by colleges, universities, professional education institutions, middle and high schools.
The EDU service has available the same products and features presented above.
2. Grammarly Business
This service will help an entire team by building trust and confidence, not to mention the collaboration and efficiency. The service provides an admin console which makes easy to monitor the team engagement and the subscriptions.
The Business service has available the same products and features presented above. Because the product is design for teams, additional features are available. An admin user is provided along with the user management which offers privacy and security. When you face an issue, your ticket sent to Grammarly support will have priority, that means that your team will be unblocked and able to carry on with the assigned tasks.
This service has a monthly subscription fee for each member. At the moment writing this pots, the fess is $15.
Now you have a full view of what Grammarly app can do for you. The app will check your text and detect possible mistakes in regards to spelling, grammar, punctuation and much more. There is also a Premium membership available which I personally use, and since I started using it, I improved my writing skills.
Grammarly also offers you products and services from you can benefit, like add-ins for Microsoft Office, Windows and FireFox, services for education and your team and let’s not forget the handbook, all the tips you need for your writing. You can install Grammarly browser extension for Chrome, Safari, FireFox and Edge.
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