If you are a writer, then you are most likely aware that editing content can be time-consuming and that it can sometimes be easy to overlook errors when editing your content. Professional editors can be pricey, and let’s face it, not all of your friends want to proofread all of your content for you.
What if there was a free writing assistant that could help you edit content even quicker? Would you sign up for it?
Enter Grammarly – as soon as I heard about it, I signed up – and that was over four years ago. Grammarly is an AI-powered writing assistant that will help you get your message out there in a clear, and effective manner.
Grammarly Review: The Grammar Tool Every Writer Needs
Grammarly, in my opinion, is the grammar tool every writer needs. Truthfully, it isn’t as perfect as an actual human editor; it does have its faults. However, after testing several grammar tools, I have found that Grammarly is far better than any other grammar editing tool out there. And it’s for this reason that I’m a proud affiliate for Grammarly. I use Grammarly to improve my daily writing, and I recommend it to you because I know it can assist you too!
Why I recommend Grammarly:
Whether I am writing blog posts, social media content, or newsletters, I use Grammarly to edit everything.
Grammarly is unlike other grammar editor tools (such as Microsoft Word), in the way that it’s not merely a grammar and spelling tool. Grammarly goes above and beyond that by assisting you with style and tone, sentence structure, and even word suggestions to enhance your vocabulary.
The free version of Grammarly will assist you in correcting critical grammar errors and providing you with spelling checks. The free version is a great place to start; however, if you are not adept at editing, I strongly suggest that you check out the premium plan, and here’s why:
The premium version of Grammarly provides advanced checks for punctuation, grammar, content, and sentence structure. It will even suggest words to enhance your vocabulary.
Grammarly’s premium version will check things like incorrect verb tense; missing comma; coma splice; missing verb; faulty parallelism; incorrect adverb placement; passive voice; double subject, etc. You can check out the full list of all of the checks provided by the premium plan here. Also, I created a video below to show you the difference between the Free and Premium Plan.
My most common error, when it comes to writing, is forgetting to add commas. Nearly every time I edit my content in Grammarly’s editor, I am made aware of several places missing commas. Without Grammarly to assist me in improving my writing ability, I wouldn’t even know that those commas are missing. This function of the premium plan has been a lifesaver for me.
I have been using the premium version of Grammarly for over four years now, and I do not plan to cancel my subscription any time soon.
Check out this video to see the difference between the free and premium plan:
Regardless of the version of Grammarly you are using, Grammarly will provide you with an explanation of the grammar rules involved when it points out an error; this allows you to make an informed decision on whether or not you want to make the change.
What I also love about Grammarly is it’s versatility – you can use it across your devices (whether that’s a laptop, an iPad, or an iPhone. Yes, I’m an apple person, but you can get it for Microsoft too!), you can get it as a browser extension, and even as a desktop app. If you need to edit your content on the go, Grammarly has your back!
Additionally, Grammarly will send you a weekly performance report that will let you know how many words you edited in the past week, along with your most common mistakes.
What I don’t love so much
I find that Grammarly isn’t aware of some of the terminology I use in my written content – especially when it comes to words in the energetic sphere like “space clearing” – Grammarly doesn’t know the meaning of that word, and it will tell you that you have errors. To counter this, be sure to read the explanation of why Grammarly sees it as an error, to make an informed decision on whether you need to implement a correction or not.
Additionally, unless you are writing academic papers, I don’t personally find the plagiarism function to be very beneficial. I wouldn’t recommend upgrading to the premium version just for this function.
How to Use Grammarly
- If you are using the editor, simply copy and paste your text into the editor. Errors found by Grammarly will show up underlined, and if you click on the highlighted words, Grammarly will give you an explanation of the changes that it suggests.
- If you are using a browser extension, Grammarly will run in the background and review your content as you write. And you can edit your text right there.
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And that’s my review of Grammarly. I hope Grammarly helps you to improve your writing as much as it does for me!
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