Grammarly Review 2019: Super Slick or A Super Waste?

Grammar can make or break you in particular situations. Grammarly is designed to help you stay out of those sticky spots. Lousy grammar on a resume… a huge no-no. You’ve got a term paper due for English? Better make sure the grammar is spot on. Also, in doing my job, transcription, having proper grammar remains an essential part of, well, doing the job.

As a transcriptionist, you are not only supposed to accurately record the audio you hear. You also are expected to ensure that your final document has proper grammar and punctuation. Having the right equipment for the job will help you do the best transcription work you can.

As far as spell check tools go, it’s by far my favorite. I’ve been using Grammarly for well over a year now, and I have to say I love it. Even for everyday writing projects, it is a wonderful assistant that helps to improve my writing in every way.

I have found the app to be a useful tool no matter what type of writing project you’re working on, from a technical draft to a fantasy novel. It’s also great for writing an email.

What Is This Wonderful Grammarly You Speak Of?

Grammarly is a grammar and spell checking tool, and is presumably one of the most popular ones out there.

It’s available for use on multiple platforms. Having a subscription means you can use it with Chrome as a plugin. There is also an MS Word extension. It even has a phone app so you can be grammatically correct while you’re texting your roommate to go pick up milk.

It provides a real-time review of your writing. Significant errors, things like misspelled words and bad grammar, are underlined in red. Things like styling mistakes and best practices will be emphasized in yellow. Grammarly will not only tell you if you possibly made a mistake, but it will also tell you why it’s incorrect. Next, it will help you to fix it.

I will note, though, that Grammarly comes in two versions, free and pro, and the yellow errors are reserved for pro users. However, even without the extra edits, I still wouldn’t turn away the free version.

The Benefits of Grammarly

1. It’s Easy to Use

Grammarly is available as a browser add-on, as a web app, and as a downloadable program. It also has as a Word extension, and a phone app. The setups for all of these require no more than three clicks. It’s pretty much open the app and start writing. There’s no complicated set-up or programming involved.

2. It’s Accurate

While it’s not always 100% perfect, it’s pretty darn close. It may misinterpret or come across a brand name that it’s not familiar with from time to time. However, the great thing about it is you can add to its dictionary so it will learn any custom phrases from you.

3. It Explains It’s Corrections

Not only will it tell you your error, but it will also tell you why it’s an error. Moreover, Grammarly does it in a way that is easy to understand and will help you learn from your mistakes. Although I am still struggling with comma splices, I learned a ton regarding grammar simply by using the app.

What Does Grammarly Do Specifically?

A few things:

1. Checks Your Spelling And Punctuation

These are the main features of any spelling or grammar checker, but Grammarly goes above and beyond. Furthermore, when it does find errors, Grammarly will show you how to fix them. Some of these are basic, everyday spelling, and grammar errors. However, I bet Grammarly will pick up on a few that you didn't even know you were making.

Before using Grammarly, I had no idea what a comma splice was. It's still my most common mistake, though at least I now have Grammarly checking for me.

Grammarly's spell checker is another remarkable feature of this app. It does a contextual spell check, and it's much more comprehensive than the one that comes with Microsoft Word.

2. It's likewise a Plagiarism Checker.

Grammarly will scour the web and check your work against millions of other documents. 

3. Grammarly Will Help You With Your Writing Style

The style enhancement option is my favorite feature of the app. You can set your writing style to your audience, and Grammarly will help you tailor your writing to that audience.

For instance, you can set your writing goals in Grammarly, to inform, describe, convince, or tell a story. Next, you can say to the app if your audience is general, knowledgable, or expert, and if the style is formal or informal.

Lastly, you let the app know if you intend to use strong or mild emotion. And then asks what domain the piece your writing is resonating. Academic, technical, casual, creative, or business. 

Grammarly will ensure you are using the proper language, suggest different words, and even help you rewrite sentences to suit your audience better.

What's the Big Deal Concerning Bad Grammar?

Well, first of all, typos and poor punctuation are embarrassing and can have unintended consequences. Poor grammar gives off the appearance of sloppiness, no matter how casual the domain is. It makes it look like the writer doesn't care about what they are saying. It appears as if the effort of writing it out correctly is simply too much work.

There can be other unintended consequences of inferior grammar. For instance, if you were writing a business letter to a client and you used poor punctuation. The client may get the impression that you are also sloppy in business. 

Alternatively, if you were a writer and you were trying to write a crucial piece regarding a topic that you were passionate about. Faulty grammar can make your story unclear, and you may not be able to get your point across as effectively.

Moreover, let's not forget about resumes. I think you can see where I'm going with this.

It is important to remember, though, while Grammarly is excellent, it is still an app and accordingly, it is not always perfect.

The point is that you will still need to learn to bake the cake. But, Grammarly will put the cherry on top of it. If you cannot cook a tasty cake, the cherry on top will not help.

How Much Will Grammarly Cost?

For the free version, nothing. You can use it for as long as you want, free of charge.

For the premium version, the cost at the time of writing this post was:

Monthly: $29.95/month

Quarterly: $19.85/month  ($59.95 every 3 months)

Yearly: $11.66/month ($139.95 every year)

However, Grammarly will send you discount codes every so often if you haven't upgraded to premium. Therefore I would start with free, wait for my discount, and later level up. Myself, I shelled out for the yearly subscription and never looked backward.

Make Everything You Write Greater With Grammarly

In conclusion, I love Grammarly. As a transcriber, the safety net of having someone else double check my punctuation and spelling is indispensable. As someone who enjoys dabbling in writing, Grammarly improves my scribbling tenfold.

For me, it was worth upgrading to premium. Nonetheless, if you're unsure, give the free version a try. After all, it is free. Get yours here.

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Lauren is a work from home Transcriptionist and loves the freedom freelancing brings her. She is currently learning about web design and graphic design and hopes to branch out into branding/brand management. In her free time, she makes her own jewelry.

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