It’s time to expand your use of writing tools.
There comes a time when Microsoft word just doesn’t cut it anymore.
The expectation of well-written pieces, whether they be a blog or business document, is higher than ever. It’s no longer a matter of simply spell-checking. Website users and Google are expecting much more from you.
No matter how refined your skill is, we are all human, and as such we make mistakes. We can all agree that grammatical errors do not look good and Google agrees. As professionals within a content led industry, even the simplest of errors can negatively influence our reputations. Using an online app like Grammarly can take that fear away and prevent the risk.
What is Grammarly?
Built by passionate language lovers, Grammarly is known as an online grammar and spelling checker that improves communication by helping users find and correct writing mistakes that go beyond your average grammar check. It is also the world’s leading automated proofreader. The tool checks for more than 250 types of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, in addition to enhancing vocabulary usage, and suggests citations.
You can use Grammarly either in your web browser or as an add-on. The reports produced are both incredibly insightful and easy to understand, even for beginners.
How does it work?
First of all, paste any English text into the text editor or install Grammarly’s free online browser extension for Chrome and Safari.
Grammarly will begin by flagging potential issues in the text and will suggest context-specific corrections for grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. Most noteworthy, Grammarly will then explain the reasoning behind each alteration. So you can make a decision about whether, and how, to correct a flagged issue.
What is Grammarly Premium?
For users who want to amplify their writing performance and leave no errors unchecked, Grammarly Premium is a paid upgrade is for you. The upgrade checks for:
- Over 250 types of grammatical mistakes
- Provides vocabulary enhancement suggestions
- Adjusts checks based on the document you are writing
- And provides citation suggestions
Grammarly Premium allows you to use the world’s most accurate grammar and spelling checker without saying goodbye to your Microsoft Word document or Outlook email.
Does Grammarly stifle the creative flow?
In our experience, Grammarly does not negatively impact your creative writing style. What it does do is act as a second pair of eyes, highlighting bad habits and readability flaws (which goes hand in hand with Google’s requirements for easy to read optimised copy – this is judged by the Flesch reading ease score – read more about that here.) I hadn’t realised just how much goes into a great piece of writing, until using Grammarly.
After using Grammarly, I can naturally recognise:
- Overuse of the passive voice
- Wordy sentences
- Squinting modifiers
- Confused prepositions
While Grammarly is great, you shouldn’t totally rely on writing tools; there is no replacement for a human proofreader or copy editor [edit: Hi everyone – PB]. After every grammar mistake is noted, there is no ‘sense check’ so buddy up and get yourself a proofreader!
There is more to Grammarly than grammar and spell check! There is also a plagiarism tool that can help prevent professionals from producing plagiarised copy when writing academic documents or reviewing someone else’s writing.
Also, Grammarly supports a range of document styles, and you can choose from a blog post, an article, a business document and so on. Each has a preferred writing style so that it could help that little bit more with pressing subjects such as passive voice.
To conclude, I have discovered there are more pros to Grammarly than cons which is why Grammarly is dominating the writing tools market in 2017. It combines the best features of proofreading, teaching and community into a package that will have an instant and permanent stamp on you as a writer. Grammarly has had a notable positive impact on my written output, if you haven’t already, it is definitely worth a try.