I have been using Grammarly Premium Edition for a while now, so I think it’s time to write a review. I will tell you now that I think it is an excellent tool. So, read on to find out how you can improve your writing with Grammarly.
Mind you, it doesn’t always get it right, but that’s okay because it’s not like you can’t ignore its suggestions. But it does mean that you still need to think about what you’re doing, and you definitely can’t take every recommendation as gospel.
How to Improve Your Writing with Grammarly
Firstly, I think it’s important to know the most efficient way to use Grammarly. When I tried to write in the Grammarly App, Microsoft Word, or Google Docs, I find it very distracting with the whirring wheel spinning constantly.
Another distraction is if you know you’ve made a spelling mistake and Grammarly doesn’t pick it up, you start thinking about why it didn’t pick up the error, rather than on your writing.
What I personally prefer to do is write in Notepad++ and then transfer my writing into the Grammarly App. That allows me to concentrate more on my words, and less on annoying little things like grammar and spelling.
How I Tested Grammarly
Obviously, I used it for my own writing, and while I do not consider myself a grammarian and spelling bee champion, I can generally string a few words into sentences, and sentences into paragraphs. I would say, on average, Grammarly picks up about 15 mistakes per 1000 words.
One more point about my own writing. The mistakes I usually make are ones that probably only a reasonably skilled writer would notice. I reckon that if I weren’t using Grammarly, and didn’t spot the mistakes when I was proofreading my own work, I doubt most people would notice them either.
However, I am a man that has many arrows in his quiver. I also write for other bloggers. Evidently, ghostwriting means that I need to have a lot more confidence in my grammar. Using Grammarly gives me that confidence.
And I have yet one more job. I am also an IELTS teacher and students are always asking me how they can improve their writing. For that reason, I also tested Grammarly on some of my students’ essays. To be honest, if your prose is really horrible, with lots of grammar mistakes and spelling errors, Grammarly is going to struggle to work out what you’re trying to say. However, if you’re upper-intermediate or more, Grammarly will be a valuable tool to improve your writing.
What I Really Liked about Grammarly
What I really like about Grammarly is that it works in so many different ways. If I am updating a post in this blog, Grammarly will correct me as I go along. Remember, this is good for when you’re adding a small amount of text. You don’t want to do this if you’re going to add a full post to your blog.
Grammarly also works in the background if you’re writing text on other websites. I answer a lot of questions on Quora. Because I don’t want to look too stupid, knowing Grammarly will pick up my errors makes a big difference.
It also works on other websites, including social media. Okay, it’s true that grammar and spelling are not often uppermost in most people’s minds when they’re posting. However, as I usually write on IELTS related topics on Facebook, knowing that I’m writing reasonably good posts is essential.
What I Don’t Like So Much
I assume that in Microsoft Word, Grammarly works reasonably well. I’m afraid I don’t use Microsoft Office, so I can’t tell for sure. However, in Google Docs, the Grammarly App is in Beta mode, and it doesn’t seem to always work., or at least, it didn’t for me.
What Versions Does Grammarly Have?
Grammarly has only two versions, a free one and a paid one. The free one is pretty basic. It will find any glaring mistakes in spelling and grammar, so it will help you a little bit. However, if you want the version with all the bells and whistles, you’ll really need to go for the premium version.
Does Grammarly Have Any Discounts?
It doesn’t have any discounts in the sense that if you’re a poor student, you get it cheaper than the rest of us. However, if you pay for a quarterly or annual subscription, you can get some outstanding discounts. See below to see what they are.
You may also get emails from Grammarly with discounts, so you may want to wait for them. However, if you need Grammarly immediately, you might get frustrated waiting, so if you need it now, you might as well go for it now.
How Much Does Grammarly Cost?
Grammarly Premium monthly subscription costs $29.95 per month. The quarterly subscription costs 19.98 per month, billed as one payment of $59.95, and Grammarly Premium annual subscription costs $11.66 per month, billed as one payment of $139.95.
Will You Improve Your Writing with Grammarly?
Yes, and I think Grammarly is excellent. The problem for you is to work out if it’s that great. $30 a month is not cheap. If you’re a professional writer, a student, or someone wanting to do well in the IELTS, and you can afford 30 bucks a month, then I think it’s well worth the price. And if you can pay quarterly or annually, then it’s even more worth the price.
However, if you are struggling to make ends meet, then I probably wouldn’t bother. A mistake once in a while is not likely to make a big difference to your writing.