Harness the power of Grammarly on your Apps and desktop
A few months ago, a friend and author introduced me to this software called Grammarly, a grammar and spelling checker for proofreading articles, book chapters and blog posts. As an author and a blogger, I find it handy for proofreading my work – and it works like a charm.
- Saves Your Valuable Time
- Gives you the ability to write Effectively and
- Strengthens Your writing Skills
In this article, I’ll cover only the features I have been using since I discovered this amazing software. There may be more features to tap from.
As I stated earlier, Grammarly is a writing tool that helps you check for several types of errors.
Grammar and punctuation
It detects grammar and punctuation mistakes – basic to advanced. It also provides real-time suggestions and guidelines on how to correct these mistakes.
It’s also a robust spell check tool that keeps your writing mistake-free.
Plagiarism Grammarly detects plagiarism, by comparing your writing to billions of web pages across the web.
It will also help you self-edit your work by providing real-time insights about your readability score, sentence-length and so on. This is extremely important for adapting your genre-specific writing style for a particular audience.
Grammarly is useful for both native English speakers and those who don’t write in the English language that often or English as a second language.
Perfect for business professionals, students and professional writers
Any business professional who wants to draft an accurate report, presentation, email or social media post.
Students For new writers and professional writers, this grammar checker acts as another line of defence, even if they are native english speakers.
Additionally, Grammarly offers settings specific to Canadian English, American English, British English, Australian English and more.
You can use it to make sure your book, article or blog post is accurate and easy to read.
The premium version is also useful for students who may have a batch of work they want to check.
You can take out a subscription for a month, check your work and then cancel if you need to otherwise keep it if you are a busy writer.
That being said, be careful to ensure that you’re not violating any rules and regulations set by your university or school.
How Grammarly Works
Once you create a Grammarly account for free, take a tour of the Grammarly editor, found on the dashboard.Here you can set writing goals based on your
- Intent e.g., inform, tell a story or describe
- Audience e.g., general or expert Style e.g., formal or informal
- Emotion e.g., mild or strong
- Domain e.g., academic, business or technical Grammarly delivers insights based on these goals.
- There are several ways to use the Grammarly software to review your work, and you don’t need any technical know-how to do it.
Copy and Paste
Copy and paste your entire article, book or extracts of your writing into Grammarly for proofreading, grammar checking and for a spell check.
By clicking on ‘Import,’ you can also upload a Microsoft Word document into Grammarly.
You can actually use Grammarly as your primary writing app, by writing directly in the tool environment. As you type, Grammarly will automatically start pointing out errors. Once you click on the highlighted word in red, Grammarly will show you the errors and suggests the correct word, grammar or missing comma, hyphen and full stop.
Using the Grammarly Chrome extension.
When you install Grammarly Chrome extension by accepting the terms and condition, You’ll get suggestions from Grammarly as you write on Gmail, Twitter, LinkedIn, and nearly everywhere else you find yourself writing. Grammarly is a writing assistant that goes deeper than grammar to offer you comprehensive writing feedback. You can be confident that your writing is not only correct but clear and concise, From grammar and spelling to style and tone, Grammarly helps you eliminate writing errors and find the perfect words to express yourself. You will be regarded as a professional writer.
A few seconds after you incorporate your text, this proofreading tool underlines grammar mistakes similar to what you see in Microsoft Word.
Grammarly Premium also provides more detailed suggestions than the free version about why you made a writing mistake such as errors in sentence structure.
This is particularly useful if you’re a non-native English writer or if you want to improve your knowledge of English language grammar rules. There’s a Grammarly handbook filled with grammar tips if you need more help.
However, you should still exercise judgment before deciding what to fix and what to leave.
One of Grammarly’s new features analyzes the Flesch reading level ease of your text – it estimates what level of education a person needs to read your content easily.
The Plagiarism Checker
Included in your Grammarly account, is a plagiarism checker, which can be useful if you’re writing academic content or reviewing a peer’s work.
Bloggers and content marketers find this very useful. It allows them to check if they have inadvertently copied text from their research sources and then forgotten to edit their content to make the text original.
This feature might also appeal to college students who are concerned about citing too heavily from their sources.
If you can post on Facebook, you can use Grammarly Premium or the free version.
Is Grammarly Easy to Use?
Thanks to the apps for Windows and Mac, the web Grammarly extension and even mobile ones, it takes only a few minutes to install Grammarly and make this real-time grammar and spelling checker part of your writing workflow.
Early in 2018, the Grammarly desktop apps for Windows, Mac, iOS and so on were updated.
They also improved their user experience and added a number of additional features like writing insights and setting writing goals.
I do use the Grammarly Microsoft Office plugin so often in my Word documents and Outlook emails.
I also use the Grammarly Chrome extension to check shorter pieces of writing, like emails and potentially embarrassing social media posts.
The company offers you a specialized Grammarly keyboard for mobile devices so you can apply the tool to your writing on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, GMail, and other web pages and platforms you type on.
With this, you can enable Grammarly checking on most apps on your phone automatically – which makes creating mistake-free text and documents a breeze.
Here are the Grammarly pricing options as of this year at the time of writing this article.
Grammarly Premium monthly subscription costs $29.95 per month.
Grammarly Premium quarterly subscription costs 19.98 per month, billed as one payment of $59.95.
Grammarly Premium annual subscription costs $11.66 per month, billed as one payment of $139.95.
You could always try Grammarly for free in case you want to test it out first. Because I am writing a book and use it for business writing, I will be upgrading to a premium soon.«
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