Developed in 2009 by Alex Shevchenko and Max Lytvyn, in Kiev, Grammarly is an app for checking grammar and spellings. In addition to this, the platform also provides a platform for detecting plagiarism.
The application has been developed to proofread the writing resources against more than 250 grammar rule and is available for both iOS and Android.
Key Features of Grammarly
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Some of the distinguished features that are offered by Grammarly is summarised below:
Grammarly has been designed for automatic detection of potential grammar, punctuations, spellings, choice and style of words and plagiarism while writing, in real time on myriad social media platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter as also Microsoft Word, WordPress, personal blogs etc.
One can avail the app via a browser extension for different web browsers like Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.
Grammarly is one of the most effective tools to emancipate writing materials of grammatical and punctuation errors and hence is extremely popular among authors, students, content creators, professional writers, bloggers, marketers and organizations and agencies checking content for plagiarism against more than billion web pages.
Pros and Cons of Grammarly
The pros and cons of Grammarly are enlisted below:
Pros of Grammarly
#1 – Real time editing – This app termed as the ‘grammar assistant’ is designed to automatically check for grammar and spellings, while writing, on the go instead of revisiting one’s document by clicking the check grammar and spelling buttons.
#2 – Accuracy – Grammarly’s accuracy while checking one’s document for the set of grammar rules is impeccably high. Besides, it also highlights why the error is reported, so that a user can read and use his or her discretion to check if the reported error is valid and should be incorporated.
#3 – Ease of Use – Grammarly is available by the mere installation of a plugin/extension to a browser. Post installation, Grammarly works in the background and keeps checking documents. There are features that tell the user why an error is reported, on a real time basis. Additionally, it is equipped with a quick view to provide explanations to user while writing. The ‘See More in Grammarly’ tab helps a user with explanations in the usage and construct of words, grammar and punctuations. A more frequent usage of this tab and Grammarly in large, goes a long way in strengthening your grammar, verbiage and writing.
#4 – Languages – The different language preferences that is offered by Grammarly are enlisted below:
- American English
- British English
- Canadian English
- Australian English
While using the tool, explanations are provided to users as to what the differences are for specific words in the above-mentioned languages.
#5 – Compatibility – Grammarly works on and is compatible with all the major web browsers like Chrome, Safari, Edge, and Firefox. Besides browsers, Grammarly is available as a desktop app and as a special addon for Microsoft Office users. This grammar corrector tool is available for Microsoft users in both the free and premium plans. The user just needs to create a profile and password and subsequently login to the web version of the Grammarly account. Once logged in the user is rendered an option “APPS” to be selected for the app to start work.
#6 – Weekly Updates – A weekly update is shared with the writers about how they fared in the week i.e. how much writing they have done and the number of mistakes that were reported in their work. This goes a long way in improving the writing skill of an individual.
#7 – Customization – Though some of the features of this app are limited only to paid plans, the app can be customized, to add certain words to dictionary to ensure no error is reported besides disabling this app for certain websites.
Cons of Grammarly
#1 – Cost – Grammarly is a free app. However, in the free version, a user can not avail all the features. For extensively using the features of the app, one has to upgrade to a paid premium plan. The premium plans are billed on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis.
The monthly plan is priced at 29.95$ per month. The quarterly plan is slightly cheaper, priced at 19.98$ per month. The plan is billed quarterly at 59.95$.
The best value is provided in the annual plan which is 11.66$ per month, which is billed annually at 139.95$.
The premium plans provide salient features like advanced checks for grammar, punctuations, and statement constructs. The tool suggests different writing style checks to writers for different genres. In addition to this the tool checks close to fifteen web pages for detecting written content for plagiarism.
Some of the key features that are included in the premium plans are listed below:
- Advanced grammar & Plagiarism check.
- Common preposition error checks.
- Over indulgence of passive voice statements in the writing draft.
- Misplaced apostrophes.
- Long statements are broken down to simpler grammatically correct statements.
#2 – Limited Features in free edition – One of the major hiccups of Grammarly that people had highlighted for quite some time was its non-availability for Google Docs. However, this issue has been addressed in the recent published beta version. Considering the wide market of google and google docs, this is an extremely massive development for Grammarly.
#3 – Desktop app – While working on the desktop app, users have reported that they can’t break up their writings with intended headings.
#4 – Slightly Expensive – For using the premium features of the app, users need to subscribe to the premium plans which are priced at 29.95$ per month to 139.95$ on an annual basis. This seems extremely affordable for writers with high paying clients, or from typical writing jobs or from high-paid blogs.
Grammarly’s Business Plans
In addition to the premium plans, the business plan of Grammarly is an excellent tool for business teams. Businesses have to shell out fifteen dollar per month for each member in the team who needs to be registered with Grammarly. Team members can be onboarded in a simplistic manner. Browser Extensions, MS Office Add-Ins and Desktop Apps aid in implementing Grammarly for one’s team.
There is an admin console from where subscriptions for the entire workforce can be managed and monitored easily. The presence of monitoring tools and a common centralized billing platform is an added advantage for businesses to implement Grammarly in their teams and workforce. The Pro Uno advantage that a tool like Grammarly brings is the time savings effort, by eliminating grammatical errors besides facilitating effective communication within teams and with clients.
Without an iota of doubt, it can be stated that Grammarly is an app that serves the imperative purpose of proof reading for any professional writer, blogger, authors, social media marketers, big businesses and corporate folks who communicate with clients over regular mails. Using Grammarly is like having an additional pair of eyes to double check your document besides improving the constructs of the writing drafts.
Being easily available through the simple installation of a web browser extension, this tool performs grammar, punctuation and spelling checks besides being a potent tool for organisations who need to do plagiarism checks on their published writing works.
Grammarly works on the major social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest etc. as also on premium web hosting services like WordPress.
- American English
- British English
- Canadian English
- Australian English