Grammarly Review September 2015

GrammarlyReviewIconForPostI began my review of Grammarly on 9.2.2015 and this review is a step by step account of working with Grammarly for the last 19 days. 

 

The Basic Steps to sign up were easy and I was greeted with a welcome and a short tour of how this works. I didn’t realize that it was an app or extension to Chrome but I am going through the program to test everything I can to give a fair report.

 

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Once I allowed the software to interact with Chrome, there was a small green icon to the top right corner of my Chrome browser. They provided a “demo document” so that you can see the errors and/or possible errors that Grammarly has found. The software showed a possible correction needed. I hovered over the “X” and that was to ignore the suggestion.

 

When I clicked on the “Check Mark,” that gave me possible options to use for correcting the mistake.  Clicking on the “more arrow,” gave me more examples and explanations as to why they thought this was a possible error. I closed the review window and the software accepted without any changes but there was an option to “Undo” that action.

 

Clicking the “Undo,” gave me the suggested correction again.  I clicked on it and it corrected the error. The program also, as one would expect, suggests correction of grammar and the way the sentence was structured and shows the completed document and offers a few more suggestions. 

 

You are prompted to download a detailed report (a PDF document), if you choose to do so.  This consists of the same thing  you read on the screen with your score and the document that had been checked is below. I didn’t save the report. I’m not sure there is a need for that unless maybe you are teaching about grammar, spelling, word structure and the software Grammarly.

 

One of its features highly recommended is the plagiarism checker and vocabulary enhancement.

Don't get caught plagiarizing

I closed that section and then I was shown a prompt to download an Add-on that would work with Microsoft Word and Outlook.  This function is a premium feature, which I am testing a fully functional version of Grammarly.

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Grammarly runs while you are online but you have the options to install the app to work with Microsoft Office and Outlook. Once you have it installed you will need to restart Outlook and/or Microsoft Office if either of them were running at the time of installation.

 

An unexpected feature was that the “Auto-Save” feature of Word is disabled when Grammarly in enabled.  If you are in the habit of saving on a regular basis, I would say this is not a problem but if you are used to Word saving for you automatically, you will need to change the habit.

 

The next screen popped up to inform me that the “Undo” feature is also disabled when Grammarly is enabled.

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I tested an email in Outlook and deliberately put in a few words that I knew were spelled wrong and the grammar was also wrong.  Grammarly failed to catch the error in my sentence (We will saw what happens as I test it more.)  I ran through the check before taking a screenshot. Sorry. 

 

It did catch the other spelling errors I made and also when the same text was entered into Microsoft Word, the same errors were caught but not the grammar in the sentence mentioned above.

 

I just noticed when I began to reply to comments on my WordPress blog, that Grammarly also checked that for me. 

 

Grammarly also checks the text you write in a Twitter box for tweeting and/or a Facebook post.  There is a small green Grammarly circle at the bottom right corner. Hover over that to see if you have any mistakes that need correcting.  Even without hovering over the green dot, if there is a mistake, you will see a red dot with the number of errors found. Click on that to fix or ignore.

 

So far, my experience with Grammarly has been a positive one and if you write blog posts, create digital products, write stories, answer your blog comments or write just about anything, then this just may be one of the best tools you can invest in. 

 

Grammarly has the ability to check for errors on almost any site that you visit, although I don’t really see the benefit of that since it is not your site and you don’t want to be known online as the Grammarly Police, at least I don’t think you do. 

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Grammarly causes Microsoft Word and Outlook to hesitate a few minutes while it loads up when you are attempting to compose an email and when typing in Word.  (i.e. The email program does not come up until Grammarly has loaded. I am running Microsoft Outlook 2007). There may not be any problems with hesitation at all on newer versions of Word and Outlook.

How much does Grammarly cost?

Grammarly is available for free to Google Chrome users and offers the following subscription plans to Grammarly Premium:

Monthly $37.95  or  $29.95 /month

Quarterly  $74.95  or  $59.95 /quarter or  $19.98 per month

Annual  $174.95  or  $139.95 /year  or  $11.66 per month

 

You do have the option to enable or disable Grammarly at any time.

 

I have not seen that the Grammarly feature is available with:

Windows Journal

Microsoft NotePad or WordPad

Scrivener

OneNote

Open Office

 

Grammarly does work when using Evernote online. I’m not sure about offline, as I gain access to my Evernote files online.

 

I consulted The AAMT Book of Style by Claudia Tessier, 1995 Edition and according to this guide, Grammarly does tend to suggest over-use of commas.  The Book of Style suggests using caution and not use too many commas.  I am a trained former medical transcriptionist, so my writing style and my preference is to not use the many commas Grammarly suggested.

 

Pro’s

Very easy to work with.

Works with Evernote.

Easy to enable or disable.

Compatible with WordPress Editor and Commenting.

Checks your Twitter and Facebook posts.

 

Con’s

Somewhat slow with using Microsoft Word and Outlook 2007.

Grammarly does not work with some other PC programs (see above).

The “Auto-Save” and “Undo” features of Word and Outlook are disabled when Grammarly is enabled.

There is a tendency toward suggesting too many commas.

 

 

So the Pro’s win over the Con’s in my assessment of Grammarly. 

 

My overall opinion of Grammarly, especially when writing novels, short stories, blogs and comments is; this is a good investment and worth the price to keep your writing and grammar in check and will save you from those embarrassing misspelled words, grammar errors and punctuation.

The #1 Writing Tool

 

NOTE: I am an affiliate of Grammarly and if you decide to subscribe through my link, I will receive compensation for your subscription. 

Grammarly Review September 2015