Team Organic Tries: Grammarly
If you’re a small business owner or a freelancer who has decided to write their own blogs, Grammarly may be just the tool for you to try.
Grammarly is described as an ‘English language writing-enhancement platform’. Essentially, it’s a step up from Word’s spellchecker, and a step below having your computer write for you.
The spellchecker service provides help with grammar, punctuation and if you choose to upgrade to the premium version, sentence structure.
We tried it out as part of our ‘Team Organic Tries’ series to get all the info you’ll need when deciding if it’s a good fit for you.
For the sake of this review, I’ll be focusing on the Google Chrome extension version of Grammarly on the free plan, but it’s worth noting that there are other versions available. You can add the Chrome extension, which will allow you to spell check anything you write online and on your emails, or you can add it to Microsoft Office, so your Outlook and Word documents get the Grammarly treatment.
If neither of those options suits you, you can instead use Grammarly as an online text editor, by copy and pasting the text you need checking into the box.
Now the meaty stuff, and what Grammarly is really good at.
The spellchecking feature of Grammarly is robust and will give you a good lesson in grammar, whether you’re writing a Facebook status or a lengthy email to your boss.
The extension is easy to use and will simply pop up in any text box on your browser and underline any incorrect spellings or grammar.
Note: For those using Grammarly in the UK, you may need to change the extension from American English to British English. This can easily be changed by simply heading to your profile and toggling the American/British setting.
One of the great advantages of Grammarly are the ‘Weekly Writing Update’ emails. These provide you with a snapshot overview of your week, with some interesting facts and figures that will help you improve your writing skills.
From these you can determine your main pitfalls when it comes to your spelling and grammar – ideal if you’re writing on a daily basis and looking to improve! The reports include statistics such as how many words you wrote during the week (and how this matched up to other Grammarly users) and how accurate you were.
Grammarly is free but there is a Premium plan you can sign up to if you require some more extensive proofreading. This unlocks features such us more in depth proofreading.