Correct Your Grammar Without Hiring a Proofreader – Use Grammarly


If you do any kind of writing, it is absolutely necessary to have some sort of a spell check/grammar check tool unless, of course, you can afford to spend hundreds of dollars to hire a proofreader.

Once you complete any writing assignment, you should check your material for errors to avoid the embarrassment caused by typos or grammar mistakes.  However, as the author of the piece, you are too involved and know the content too well for it to be reliable to proofread yourself.

So if you are not willing to spring for the cost of hiring a professional proofreader, what you can and should do is make use of some type of spell check/grammar check tool. Whether you are a blogger, a teacher, clerical staff at an office, a brand new author or a student, you need a way to have your content checked.

I’m a blogger and I don’t do enough writing to justify hiring a proofreader nor can I afford one but I do recognize the need to get my work checked.

How do I correct Grammar without hiring a proofreader? I use Grammarly.

Grammarly is considered one of the best in the market and today I’m going to review it for you so you can determine whether it could be a good fit for your writing needs or not.  We’ll look at various aspects of the product and I’ll give you my rating for it based on research and my own experience using it.

  • Product:  Grammarly Grammar/Spell check tool
  • Price: Free /$ 29 monthly
  • Place to Buy:  grammarly.com
  • Guarantee: No mention of one
  • My rating:  7.5/10

 


Grammarly Product Overview


What is it?

Grammarly is an online tool that will check your spelling, grammar, punctuation and other errors depending on what plan you choose.

 

How does it work?

Grammarly goes over your work and once it finds errors, it suggests corrections.  It doesn’t autocorrect which I think is great.  It lets you know by underlining the mistake in red and even explains the error and offers suggestions on correcting it.  I think this is great because it gives you the chance to decide whether to take the suggestion or not and it offers the opportunity for you to learn and possibly avoid making the mistake again.  This is especially great for English learners who might not know or remember all the rules of grammar and spelling.

This tool offers three options for its use.  You can Install it as a browser plugin, a Microsoft Word plugin or as a standard windows application.

 

Browser Plugin

The browser plugin easily installs the tool on your browser.  It works for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.  I personally have this option and I find it to be great because it checks whatever I’m typing while using my browser.

 

Microsoft Word Plugin

This plugin works in a similar way to the browser plugin but on Word documents which can also be very useful.

 

Standard Windows Application

With this option, you don’t have it automatically on your content. You need to open Grammarly on a separate tab and copy and paste the content into the tool and then manually correct your text.

Because English grammar doesn’t always follow rules, Grammarly works by using pattern-matching. This sometimes leads to false error detection.  This is the reason why you need to know what you’re doing and not just blindly rely on it.  Grammarly is not meant to substitute knowledge.  It’s a tool which needs to be used properly for it to be effective.

It’s very important to realize that no grammar checker is completely reliable.  This is why you need to know your text so that you can make a wise, informed decision.

Here’s a screen shot of a text containing errors so you can get an idea of what it looks like.

 

Who is it for?

Grammarly is for anyone who does any writing of any type and wants to have a tool to help them improve their work.

  • As I mentioned before authors can use it to help them proofread their content, especially if they’re just starting out and can’t afford a professional proofreader.
  • It can help English learners to correct their mistakes and help them learn what types of mistakes they are making so they can improve.
  • It’s a great tool for students in general.
  • Teachers sometimes have such a heavy workload that they can have typos and Grammarly can help them to quickly catch these errors.
  • Office staff can use it to produce good, error free reports.
  • Those looking for work can look more professional to their prospective employers by presenting error free CVs and job applications.
  • Bloggers and affiliate marketers create better copy for their sites which can lead to more conversions.
  • Those who are heavy into social media and want to make a better impression and acquire more followers can also benefit from Grammarly.

 

What does Grammarly cost?

This tool has two levels.  On the one hand, you can register as a free user in which case you get to use it cost-free for as long as you want and you don’t need to provide your credit card information.

On the other hand, you can choose to upgrade to premium. The premium price depends on whether you want to pay monthly, quarterly or yearly.

Following is a screen shot from the Grammarly website which gives you a comparison of the features you get with both types of accounts.

 

 

Here’s a screenshot of the prices:

As you can see by the screenshot if you choose the quarterly or annual payment option, you will be saving some money.  The quarterly option saves you $10 dollars monthly and the annual option saves you $18.32 a month.  Of course, in order to get these savings, you have to be willing to pay either $59.95 (quarterly) or $ 139.95 (annually) all at once.

 

Weekly updates

When you are a Grammarly user, whether free or premium, they will send you weekly usage updates of your writing.

Here is a screenshot of my weekly report e-mailed to me by Grammarly.  It indicates that I wrote more words than 98% of the Grammarly users, I was more accurate than 64% of them and that I have a larger vocabulary than 96% of Grammarly Users.

This information is not necessary but nice to have and in my case boosts my confidence in my writing.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Good for detecting spelling errors.
  • Useful to new authors who can’t afford to hire a proofreader.
  • Useful for Second language learners and students in general.
  • Helpful to teachers.
  • It shows and explains the errors and gives you the option to correct or not.
  • You can use it for free or choose the premium, paid option.
  • It can be installed into your browser or you can use it online and correct by hand.

Cons

  • You need to have an idea of what you are doing.
  • It sometimes gives false error.
  • It’s not 100% accurate.
  • Does not replace a human proofreader.
  • It does not automatically correct.
  • The cost of premium may be too high for those who don’t do too much writing.

 

Final Thoughts

Grammarly is an immensely useful tool.  The free version is really worth installing since you will catch a lot of spelling and grammatical errors, as well as problems with punctuation. Also, mistakes in spacing and typos will be detected and this will be very useful for anyone who does any writing at all.

What are you waiting for, just try this tool for free and see if you like it.

If you do a lot of writing you will probably want to upgrade to premium but that it’s totally up to your discretion and it will depend on your needs which only you can assess.

Just remember that Grammarly is a tool and it needs to be used properly for it to be effective.  No matter how good, no tool will ever do as good a job as, or replace a professional, experienced proofreader.


  • Product:  Grammarly Grammar/Spell check tool
  • Price: Free /$ 29 monthly
  • Place to Buy:  grammarly.com
  • Guarantee: No mention of one
  • My rating:  7.5/10

If you have any experience with Grammarly that you want to share or any questions, drop me a line in the comment section bellow.

 

 

Affiliate Disclosure

Although I will get a small commission if you sign up for Grammarly, I have given my truthful opinion based on my research and my personal experience with the product.

 

6 Comments

  1. As a fellow blogger, I must admit, Cristina, I am most concerned about avoiding spelling mistakes – those very mistakes that irritate me when reading other’s posts. And those very mistakes which are so unavoidable nowadays, when we are always in a rush to write – or rather type – as much as possible in as little time as possible!
    I did come across Grammarly before, and joined for the free trial. What I did not realise is that on the free option, you only get 150 grammar and spelling mistakes corrected – by far not enough for the amount of writing I do and for the number of mistakes I make.
    I am still considering whether to invest in the upgrade. But if and when I do, I will then most probably go for the annual fee – it looks like being much cheaper than when going for the monthly option after all. So it would be silly of me not to take advantage!

    • Hi Guilia,
      Yes, when we do a lot of writing (typing) especially when we are trying to get as much content as we possibly can in the least amount of time, we tend to make a lot of silly mistakes. Grammarly helps to correct not only spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes but it also alerts you to mistakes in spacing such as extras spaces. I installed it into my browser and it’s going strong. I’m not premium yet but I will probably end up getting premium once I start getting some income that I can re-invest into this tool that will help me improve my written content. I completely agree with you that if you’re going to pay for something, get it for as little as possible which means that the yearly option of Grammarly premium is the way to go.

  2. This sounds like an awesome tool to have! The brower plugin is a big plus point as you need not transfer data to another location for checks and paste the content back again. Saves a lot of hassles.

    • Hi Wendy,
      I completely agree with you. I really like the browser plugin because it makes things so much easier and less time consuming. It’s also great because you can use it not only for content but for anything you type online such as social media postings.

  3. Hi there, I’ve heard of Grammarly but never really thought to check it out. I’m generally a pretty good writer, but I can see the value in having a backup checker. Do you use the Premium? I’m considering it, but think I may start out with the free version and see how it goes. Thanks!

    • Hi, Maria
      I consider myself to be pretty good at grammar but trying to type as much content as possible in the shortest time possilbe causes typos and mistakes as well as issues with punctuation and even spacing problems. I’m currently using the browser plugin, free version. I think trying it for free first is a good idea so you can see how it works. Also it depends on how much writing you do. If you produce a lot of content, then the premium might be better. Like I said, I’m currently not Premium but will probably be upgrading soon. One great added feature that you get in Premium is the plagiarism checker which is great for bloggers.

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