In the publishing industry, Grammarly is the world’s best know automated proofreading program. It’s used by authors, business people, and anyone who needs their communication to be flawless. It checks for hundreds of errors not only in spelling, but also grammar and punctuation. It will also help with repeated words by making suggestions that will expand the vocabulary used.

Part of the reason Grammarly is so successful (beyond that of other proof reading software) is that it’s algorithms can pick up errors in the text and suggest context specific corrections. Were, we’re, and wear are all spelled correctly, but in different contexts they are certainly not all interchangeable. The sentences “We’re going to the store,” and “Were going to the store,”  both contain correctly spelled words, but only one has the appropriate word choice for the context.

 

There are two versions of Grammarly:

The first is the Free version (as demonstrated in the video above), which includes not only an online text editor (with the ability to either upload a document, or just copy and paste it in if that’s easier for you), but also a browser extension for Chrome or Safari, that lets you correct over 150 different types of errors when you’re writing online. This browser extension even works with Facebook and other websites like Twitter or Gmail, so you can make sure all your communications are flawless.

The other version is the Premium version, which does everything the free version does, but also detects more than 250 different grammatical errors, as well as offering vocabulary enhancement suggestions to make your ideas come across even better. It also detects plagiarism, and can even provide citation suggestions. The Premium version of Grammarly also comes with Grammarly for Microsoft Office, which let’s you plug Grammarly directly into MS Word or Outlook.

Is Grammarly worth It?

Grammarly isn’t a program that will replace a proper human editor. . . but can it replace a human proofreader? Probably.

Particularly if you’re proofreading a novel length manuscript, even the paid version of Grammarly is going to be a fraction of the cost of a human proofreader. If you just have a single project to proof, then you can even register for a single month (for about $30) which is almost certainly going to be the cheapest proofreading available. . . and if you aren’t happy with it, they’ll give you a full refund.

There are cons to Grammarly as well of course. It’s only an English program, so it won’t be of any help if you write in a non-English language, and even for English, it’s set up for American English rather than UK English, so that may be an issue if you’re from the United Kingdom.

It’s quite useful for non-fiction writing, as well as for people doing either technical writing, or even blog posts, but it’s perhaps less useful for fiction, as the “hard and fast grammar rules” don’t always apply as rigidly to fiction. Artistic licence and making the book flow properly is sometimes more important than using semi-colons appropriately.

Another potential issue (which again makes Grammarly more useful for blog posts then novels) is that it doesn’t allow you to edit more than about 20 pages at a time, although Grammarly have told us that they are already working to increase that number.

Other than that though, it’s a very useful program, and well worth giving the Free version a try at minimum, particularly if you’re serious about your writing.

Hit the link below if you want to give Grammarly a free trial, or to find out more information.

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