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Grammarly review

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.

Grammarly in action

Grammarly in action

My opinion

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.

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This post is sponsored, but everything in this post is my own honest opinion.

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  1. Grammarly sounds like a very useful tool. I hadn’t heard of it before. But English isn’t my mother language as well. I’m going to give it a try.

    1. It’s extremely useful if English isn’t your first language. At leat in my language (Dutch) the punctuation works a bit differently than in English, and I can’t always find the right words. So then a tool like Grammarly comes in handy.

      You should give it a try. The basic version is free, and it’s super easy to set up! Just click the signup link at the bottom of my post and then click on the red button.

  2. have always heard about this, just that my schedule hasnt given me the opportunity to have this installed, hopefully this will make me start using it.

  3. That sounds so useful! Especially for me when english is not my native language that would help so much 🙂 thanks for sahring this! I’m definitely saving this link for later so I can check it out when I’m ar home and I can use my laptop 🙂

    <3: Jasmin N

  4. I have to say that Grammarly is the best thing that happened to me since I “discovered” it a month ago. It’s especially helpful because English is not my first language, so I struggle with it quite a lot XD

    1. So many boyfriends proofread apparently! They’re the best <3

      From what I experienced the premium version of Grammarly will let you know if thinks your sentence structure should be different, and it will tell you how you can improve that particular part.

      For example: "This sentence appears to be missing a verb. Consider adding a verb or rewriting the sentence." Sometimes it tells you which verb you should add, other times it doesn't. I think it the detail of the suggestion depends on the sentence structure and vocabulary used.

      There are some examples of the premium features at the bottom of their Premium info page, but let me know if you need more info. I can always take some screenshots.

      Hope that’s helpful!

  5. Hello, Sarah!

    I am really loving Grammarly and it’s treating me so well!

    Since I am not a native English’ speaker nor I live in an English country, such tools are the only hope that how good I can write in a language which is not my mother tongue.

    So, Grammarly is the best ammunition for me!

    Thank you for the detailed introduction of the Grammarly! 🙂

    ~ Adeel

  6. It seems like a great tool, but I just can’t justify the cost of more programs for my blog right now. Though, when I can – I’ll definitely be investing in it!

    1. If you’re interested in the tool, they have a free version as well which corrects all your mistakes. So no need to invest. You only have to pay if you want advanced suggestions (for example, alternatives for words that you use too often).

  7. I’ve read about this but haven’t considered it yet. Probably because I’ve been a bit too cocky and didn’t think I needed it because of my life as a journalist/editor but it actually looks super helpful – and nobody’s perfect!

  8. Great post! I know the feeling, English isn’t my native language either and I hate making grammar mistakes. I’m going to try this