When I find a tool or a resource that helps me, I can’t WAIT to share it with all my friends – and that includes you, my readers!
And this tool has been beyond helpful to me since I started working from home blogging and writing. To be honest, if you have any intention of doing any type of writing/editing work as a career, I would say this is pretty much a necessity.
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I’m referring, of course, to Grammarly.
I’ve always done well in English class. Since I started reading at the age of 4, I’ve been growing my vocabulary, spelling, and my intuitive feel for grammar. But, being an expat from the age of 12, although I have continued to read voraciously in English (anywhere from 1-7 books a week), occasionally my grammar has slipped. Also, because I type pretty fast, I will sometimes mistype, and the words will come out differently than how I pictured them in my head.
Grammarly fixes ALL of that.
You might think that a simple spell check on Word will catch any mistakes that you’ve made. You would be right in that if you spelled any words wrong, it would correct you, but Grammarly is so much more than that.
To start with, once you have an account, you can use Grammarly as an add-in in Word. So you’re already ahead of the regular spell check. If you want, you can also download the Grammarly native app to your computer and type straight into it. This is helpful if you get distracted and just want a nice clean space to type.
But (and this is the super awesome part) you can install it in Chrome, and it’ll correct your writing while you’re online! So it works in Gmail, WordPress, and across all social media.
You’ll see a small circle icon in the corner of wherever you’re writing. Green means you’re good to go, red means you have critical issues that absolutely need to be fixed, and yellow stands for the advanced issues. You’ll need to upgrade to view these.
There are two versions, the free and the premium.
The free version will pick up what it calls critical issues (you’ll see a little red icon in the corner of the text box or wherever you’re writing). For example, actual misspellings, sentences that make no sense, and other grammar issues that can be rather glaring once they point them out to you.
I’ve used this for months, and it has definitely come in handy! But there have been quite a few advanced issues that have shown up, and I was dying to see what I was doing wrong!
So I upgraded to Grammarly Premium for a trial.
So in Premium, you’d be able to see the “advanced issues” that show up in yellow that you can’t access in the free version.
It checks grammar, context, punctuation and sentence structure on a more advanced level.
It also gives you vocabulary enhancement suggestions, so it’ll check your document for unnecessary wordiness, and also look for word repetition and suggest alternate words you might want to use!
And if you’re a content writer or editor, a student, or even a blogger, the plagiarism checker can be super helpful before you publish your post or submit work you’ve done.
Of course, you might not always agree with the suggestions (as above, because I don’t think that writing about an icon in a text box is going to get me into trouble), but on the whole, even in the past few days of using Grammarly Premium, my writing has improved!
Okay, so how much does it cost?
There are three payment plans.
As you can see, the yearly plan will give you the best value at $11.66/month, but you will have to pay for the year upfront.
The monthly plan is $29.95/month, so it’s more expensive this way. On the plus side, it is billed monthly, so you can cancel at any time without losing a significant investment.
If you want something in between, the quarterly plan is $19.98 a month and billed quarterly. So if you want to get better value, but still have the option to stop if you’d like, this might be the option for you.
Do I really need to upgrade?
Well, it depends. Grammarly Free is a fantastic tool, and if you can’t afford to upgrade at the moment, it’ll still make a difference in your writing.
However, if you write for a living, or are a higher-education student, Grammarly Premium would definitely take your writing to the next level.
Below you can see a side-by-side comparison.
You can have a 7-day free trial of Premium (you will get charged, but there’s a 7-day money back guarantee) and see if it really does make a difference to you.
I would recommend getting the free trial. It doesn’t hurt, and if you feel like you really can’t swing the price, you can always cancel and move to the free plan, which can’t be underestimated!
But if you’re a student or a professional, I highly recommend the annual Premium plan. You’ll get the best value for your money, and the benefits to your writing will be immeasurable.
Have you ever used Grammarly? Have you found that it made a difference?