What Is Grammarly?

Definition and Examples of Grammarly

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Grammarly is a "writing assistant" that job seekers, writers, and other professionals can use to proofread and edit their documents. It checks for more than 250 types of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, and it enhances vocabulary usage.

Grammarly goes well beyond traditional tools that have been offered through Word and email platforms because it allows users to choose editing input based on six different styles of writing: business, academic, casual, technical, creative and general.

What Is Grammarly?

Grammarly has been available since 2009. It's a sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) system that's been honed and improved upon consistently over the years, built by linguists and engineers who developed algorithms to detect patterns of good writing.

Grammarly indicates that its AI system reviews every sentence and searches for appropriate replacements for errors when any are found. It's a cloud-based program. Both a web version and a version that integrates with MS Word are available.

How Grammarly Works

Grammarly gives your document an overall score based on the number of issues and errors it's found. It then walks you through a series of possible grammatical problems, one at a time. Both a short and long explanation are provided by the system for each issue that's identified.

Examples of correct grammar are included in these explanations. Specific wording alternatives are suggested by the system in some cases. But it's left to the user to make any specific changes—Grammarly won't force your hand. You have the option of ignoring possible problems if you don't agree with the recommended changes.

Misspellings are pointed out, along with a list of alternative spellings. A handy plagiarism checker can help writers identify any inadvertently borrowed content. The system points out similar text that exists elsewhere, and it suggests citations that can be incorporated to legitimize the text in question.

A synonym checker is available that enables users to choose optional wording and to avoid repetition. Grammarly also provides explanations for suggested changes, along with information on what type of mistake you've made.

Grammarly night not understand the point you're trying to make in some cases, but this, too, can clarify your writing. If Grammarly doesn't get it, your reader might not either.

Users can paste a document into an editing box in the web version of Grammarly, then designate the style of the document and click on "Start Review" to begin the process.

Versions of Grammarly

The Grammarly Plug-in for Microsoft Office adds its spelling- and grammar-checker to Microsoft Word and Outlook. You'll see the Grammarly Wizard when you click "Review" in Word after you download and install the program. Click on "Check," then select the writing style you want Grammarly to use.

A browser add-on is also available for Firefox users.

Pros and Cons of Grammarly

Even the most scathing of critics can't find too many flaws in Grammarly's product. It provides topnotch support, but in the end, you get what you pay for.

  • It's highly accurate.

  • It accommodates Mac, Windows, and iOS devices.

  • The full range of Grammarly's features aren't available in the free edition.

Pros Explained

  • It's highly accurate: This product can do just about anything you ask of it.
  • It accommodates Mac, Windows, and iOS devices: You're not limited to your laptop or table. You can use it on the fly on your phone to gain a comfort level on texts and emails before you send them.

Con Explained

The full range of Grammarly's features aren't available in the free edition: You'll have to pay for a premium version if you want it to do any heavy lifting.

How Much Do I Need to Pay for Grammarly?

You can try Grammarly for free by simply copying and pasting text into a box on the website, and adding it to Chrome is free. There's also a seven-day free trial if you want to try all the features of Grammarly that are included in the paid version before you make a decision to purchase the product.

Grammarly is available on a subscription basis with both monthly and annual plans available. As of 2020, the cost of the paid full version of the Grammarly app depends on how long of a subscription you choose.

  • Monthly Subscription Plan: $29.95 per month
  • Quarterly Subscription Plan: $59.95 per quarter
  • Annual Plan: $139.95 per year

Key Takeaways

  • Grammarly is a well-known online grammar checker that’s been available since 2009.
  • It can accommodate business writing, academic writing, creative writing and more.
  • Grammarly can tag everything from unwieldy sentences to spelling errors.
  • You can use Grammarly for free, but you’ll only get the full range of its features with its paid version. 

Article Sources

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  3. Grammarly. "Evaluate Your Writing." Accessed Oct. 1, 2020.