I consider my English to be ok, but it isn’t my mother tongue, so I do make mistakes now and then. I hate spelling or grammar mistakes, and I don’t want to publish any poorly written posts. So up until a week ago, I made my American boyfriend proofread my posts. But then I discovered Grammarly, a free tool that corrects your grammar and spelling mistakes as you write.
You can either use the Grammarly browser plugin or their desktop app. The plugin notifies you of errors as you’re typing in input fields, which means you can correct the text of your blog posts directly through your blog editor. The desktop app has the same functions as the plugin but looks more like a text editor. I think the app is useful when you’re writing a paper or important email, while the plugin is most useful when you’re writing a blog post.
How does Grammarly work?
There are two types of issues that Grammarly will correct: critical and advanced issues. Critical issues are the real mistakes you make: misspelling a word, misplacing a comma, forgetting a hyphen, etc. They get underlined in red, and Grammarly will show you the suggested correction on the side. You can just click the suggestion, and the plugin will automatically fix your mistake.
Everyone has access to the critical issues. But if you upgrade to a premium account, you also get access to the advanced issues. These don’t necessarily indicate errors, but will give you suggestions to further improve your text. For example, if you are using a particular word too often in your text Grammarly will suggest you some synonyms to use instead.
The bottom of your document shows your writing score, which is calculated based on the mistakes in your text. When clicking on it, you get a detailed report which shows the different types of errors you made.
I’ve been using Grammarly for a while now and find it to be extremely useful. I don’t make that many spelling or grammar mistakes, but it is nice to get my misplaced comma’s or missing hyphens fixed. I recently got a free one-month upgrade to premium, so I temporarily have access to the advanced issues. There’s a lot more for me to improve upon there, as I have the bad habit of repeating certain words a bit too often. When that happens, Grammarly suggests me to synonyms to use instead. Sometimes my vocabulary feels a bit too limited, so a feature like this helps me a lot.
I totally recommend everyone to install at least the free version of Grammarly. No matter if you’re blogging or just sending a lot of emails, it doesn’t hurt getting your grammar and spelling corrected. The paid version costs $29.95/month (or $11.66/month if you pay for an entire year), which gets a bit pricey unless you’re making money writing or blogging. I do recommend the paid version as well, but only if you’re serious about writing, if well-written texts are necessary for your job or studies, or when you’re making money from your blog already.
This post is sponsored, but everything in this post is my own honest opinion.