Luckily, there are some online tools which can help you write better English. These tools help you identify the common grammar issues and offer suggestions for other potential mistakes.
While there are several online tools for this purpose, Grammarly is probably the most used of them. This popular grammar checker tool performs more than 250 checks to make your write-up as perfect as possible. In today’s post, I am going to take an in-depth look at this popular tool and explore its useful features.
So, let’s get started, shall we?
How to Use Grammarly?
Once you have signed up with Grammarly, you have three ways to use the tool –
- Using the dashboard,
- Using the Chrome extension and
- Using the Microsoft Word add-on
We will talk about the dashboard first. Once you log in to your Grammarly account, you will be taken to the dashboard automatically.
You can upload a file or directly paste the file into the text editor. Grammarly will take a few seconds to analyze the text. One the analysis is completed, it will highlight the errors and suggestions. You will find the number of critical and advanced issues at the bottom-right corner of your screen. The tool will provide a score for the text. You can improve the score by addressing the issues.
The critical issues are underlined with red, while the advanced issues are underlined with yellow color. For each issue, you will find a suggestion or explanation on the right side of the page.
Clicking on an issue will open the suggestion and a short description of the error. You can apply the suggestion or ignore it. Clicking the more button will reveal a detailed discussion about the issue. The discussion is accompanied by several examples to help you understand.
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Along with grammar issues, Grammarly also detects other issues like wordiness, overused word, repetitive word, unclear antecedent, misuse of punctuation marks, confused words, confused proposition, etc. While they tend to be hit or miss, you should check these styling issues to make your write-up better.
Grammarly allows you to check different types of documents. You can do that from the left sidebar. Hovering over the pen icon will allow you to mark the document as academic, business, technical, medical, creative, casual, etc. Each of the category has several sub-categories too. It is also possible to enable or disable the contextual spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, styles, etc.
The next icon is for enabling or disabling plagiarism. While enabled this feature will check your text for plagiarism. Once the checkup is complete, you will find an unoriginal score on the bottom-right corner of the screen.
There is a unique option to send your text to a professional proofreader. That person will check your document and provide professional feedback.
Using the Microsoft Word Extension
There is a Microsoft Word extension of Grammarly. Once you install this extension, it will be displayed in the ‘Add-Ins’ section. You can use the extension to detect potential issues while you are writing the text. You can accept the suggestion, check out the explanation, or reject it.
You have to be a premium subscriber to use the MS Word extension.
And the Chrome Extension…
Grammarly also has a Chrome extension. Using the Chrome extension allows you to check your writeup whenever you are writing something on the web. Some common use cases include writing emails, comments, blog posts, posting on social media, etc.
Unlike the MS Word extension, the Chrome extension is available for the free users too. However, the version only checks for the basic issues. To get the full checkup, you have to choose a premium plan.
Other Features of Grammarly
One big advantage of Grammarly is the ability to access your documents from any place. As long as you are connected to the internet, you will have access to your document from any device anywhere.
This also brings the only disadvantage of Grammarly – you need to be connected to the internet to use the tool. If you can manage to work with this issue, you will have a hard time finding a better online grammar checker tool than Grammarly.
Contextual spelling is another unique feature of the tool. This features helps you to make sure that you are using the most appropriate words which complement the whole write-up. If you are confused about any word, you can check out the definitions and synonyms by double-clicking on the word.
On some occasions, you might need to use a local term, a technical term, or something which is not common in regular English. Any grammar checker will mark these words as mistakes. However, Grammarly allows you to add these words to your personal dictionary. That means you won’t have to correct these words each time you write these.
Once you become a premium user, Grammarly will send a weekly performance email. This will be useful in tracking your performance and find out how Grammarly is helping you write better English.
Grammarly offers three pricing plans –
- The monthly plan is priced at $29.95 per month.
- The quarterly plan is priced at $59.95 per 3 months.
- The annual plan is priced at $139.95 for a year.
Want to try the premium version before you pay? Here’s an exclusive one-week trial for the premium plan. Feel free to sign up today and explore all the premium features for a week.
I know you are already aware of the importance of writing correct English. The big question was how to do that. Now that you know about Grammarly, you have found an effective solution to that problem.
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