I have been using Grammarly for a month now and while I wrote a review about it last month, I have had much more time to see what it’s all about, so I thought I’d write another, more comprehensive one. So, read on to find out what I think in my Grammarly review.
Here Is My Grammarly Review
Put very simply, Grammarly is a spellchecker, grammar checker, and proofreader. Once you have finished writing your masterpiece, you can put it in the Grammarly App and let it do its stuff. It will tell you what you’ve spelt wrong, what grammar you’ve messed up, and it will give you suggestions about sentence structure and so on.
Now, I should point out that it sometimes gets it wrong. I read another reviewer say that it got 40% wrong but I think that is way too high. I would say it gets about 10% wrong, 10% may be wrong, and 80% right.
What you do need to understand is that you can’t just click all the corrections assuming they’re all correct. You’ll still need to think about what you’ve written.
How Do I Use Grammarly
The most obvious way to use Grammarly is to type directly into the app and then correct as you go along. However, I think that is probably the worst way to do it. Doing corrections on the go is distracting and ruins the flow of your writing.
For me, after a bit of trial and practise, I found the best way to do it was to write your work in a text doc or Google Doc. However, Grammarly also has an extension for Chrome that can be a distraction if you install it.
Still, after trying both text and Google Docs, I still think working from the latter works best. Partly that is because I like to know how many words I’ve written from time to time, and a text doc can’t count words.
What Does Grammarly Get Wrong?
As I have already said, Grammarly gets most things right, but it doesn’t always work. I have been keeping a record of what it gets wrong most of the time, and it is definitely complex sentences that it struggles with.
A complex sentence is made up of different independent and dependent clauses. What confuses Grammarly most is the agreement between subjects and verbs in complex sentences, so you’ll need to be on your guard when Grammarly tells you that a sentence is wrong.
The other problem Grammarly has is with words like ‘this’, ‘that’, ‘these’ and ‘those’. Grammarly can’t work out what those words are referring to. Now, sometimes it’s worth replacing a ‘this’ with the noun it’s referring to, but most of the time it’s unnecessary.
What Does Grammarly Get Right?
Pretty much everything else. One thing I really love about Grammarly is it gets commas correct almost always, and as I am useless at getting comma placement right, this is a real plus for me.
Of course, it goes without saying that it gets the spelling right. And you get a choice of UK, US, Australian, or Canadian spelling. So that’s nice for Aussies and Canucks who seem to get forgotten half the time.
Plus, it gets right all the grammar that’s easy to spot. Well, easy for Grammarly to spot anyway.
What Do I Like Most About Grammarly?
I knew that Grammarly was going to be worth the cost because it fixes a lot of my English mistakes. As I’m a freelance writer, getting it right is reasonably important to me and my clients, so definitely worth the price.
However, there is an unintended bonus to using Grammarly that I didn’t really think about until I had been using it for a couple of weeks. After a while, you tend to not worry about your grammar, typos, sentence structure and so on because Grammarly does it for you.
So, what I found was that I was concentrating much more on the words that I was writing and less on the other stuff. This allowed me to write more fluently because I was thinking that grammar would come next if you see what I mean.
Grammarly Improves Your Writing.
It is also a great teacher. The things I really like, such as fixing my comma mistakes, has meant that I have become better at commas. You do have to spend a bit of time looking at the mistakes and reading Grammarly’s explanations, but after a while it the rules start to sink into even the thickest skulls, mine included.
If you’re reading this because you need to pass an English exam like the IELTS then you should really consider Grammarly as a very cheap teacher. At the time of writing, it’s $30 a month, which is a heck of a lot cheaper than having a real teacher.
My Grammarly Review Recommendation
Thanks for reading my Grammarly review all the way through and it goes with saying that I wholeheartedly recommend Grammarly. It is excellent in so many ways that there are almost no negatives. True it doesn’t get things right 100% of the time, but what does?
What it does do is correct most of your grammar, spelling and so on so that you can be confident that what you finish up with is a pretty damn good piece of writing. And as an online English teacher, I can tell you Grammarly almost certainly finds more mistakes than I ever would.
Check out more about Grammarly by clicking this link or the image above. If you write often, it may be the best investment you ever made.
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