Grammarly – World’s Most Accurate Grammar Checker
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Grammarly is a web site that claims to be the most accurate grammar checker in the world. It is routinely used by more than 300,000 students from several hundreds of universities and colleges from around the world. In fact it has been used to correct nearly 4.7 million documents so far. It takes about thirty seconds to check the text that you copy and paste into against one hundred and fifty different types of grammar mistakes that people make.
How Grammarly Works
Grammarly is a large database containing the right and wrong way people use grammar. When you enter text into it, it checks not just the spelling of words but also the context in which these words have been sued. It will also check if numbers rather than words have been used improperly which depends on what style of writing is required. That is, numbers in business writing can be legitimate and not the case in other writing styles.
Incorrect punctuation is a very common problem, especially where quoted conversations are found. Spelling mistakes are of course perhaps the biggest problem people have and this is particularly true where people get confused by which version of a word’s spelling should be sued in the sentence.
Grammarly even checks for plagiarism which is especially important for University students to never be accused of. It is a simple matter of copying the text you wish checked and corrected into the review box, and then select which type of grammar check you want performed. That is, Academic writing is not the same as business, technical, creative and casual writing styles and so you preselect which style you want the grammar checked for. After clicking “start review” button and over the next half minute it scans the text against its database of rules for that writing style you selected.
The Grammarly Report and Recommendations
The report will come back with a rating out of 100 that your writing achieved, and some general comments about how strong or weak the text is and whether or not it needs revision. It then will outline in detailed point for the issues that should be addressed. Top of the list is the Plagiarism item, and it will indicate that it is either original work or not.
Then it lists the contextual spelling check and commonly confused words that are often used in the wrong context – for example, the words there and their which are often used the wrong way around by people.
Punctuation gets a big mention, perhaps because it is greatly misunderstood by many people. Of interesting note is that the built in grammar checker for Microsoft Word will pass as correct text that is determined as very much in error by Grammarly. Grammarly is clearly more rigorous in how it checks for the proper use of nouns, numbers and conjunctions.
In fact it checks for things that most people will have never known existed, like quantifiers and modifiers. And so it is the perfect tool to use for people who must communicate in writing to a very high standard of being grammatically correct, yet who haven’t the necessary training in achieving that standard.
The Debate about Grammarly
Not everyone is totally sold on the service, but Grammarly seem honest about that. Their own help files and frequently asked questions do contain questions asked and answered by users which have significant concerns about the plagiarism checking. They claim it has no database to check hard copy publications, rather that it only checks what is online in the Internet.
Other issues complained of have to do with citation checking, and how this is not done automatically. This would be especially important to student users more than business professionals. Some have commented that overall, Grammarly is quite slow and that its recommendations and reviews are sometimes less clear than they could be.
In fact you will find quite strong debate on the web site in a blog fest from users comparing the alternative solutions on the market. And in these blogs posts it is claimed that the competing solutions are excessively complex and difficult to use. It is interesting to see how some people can get very heated about the use of their grammar checking software, but respect to Grammarly for not deleting any of the negativity from their own promotional web site.
It is a great idea to read the comments on Grammarly’s blog style frequently asked questions. Whereas this would normally be edited by the web site owner to contain exact answers in a promotional language, Grammarly has allowed it to be a blog with users helping users with their own experiences and advice offered.
The general consensus is that Grammarly is a solid application and well worth the small month fees paid by registered users. They are reporting that it is more objective, and much more functional than the alternatives.
The way to get the most out of the system is to use the same text in a review, and run the review on the various settings of business, academic, casual, technical and from the review responses you get, then decide which type of writing style you want your work to be corrected to. That is, not every wants or needs their writing to be of an academic standard, especially when they are communicating to a business environment.
It is an evolving system with new rules continuing to be added regularly. Users are encouraged to provide the web site administration with any errors that are found, so that the database rules can be tightened up over time making it ever more accurate and meaningful with its results.
The unfortunate aspect of is that it only comes with a 7 days free trial, and to access that you must enter credit card or Paypal payment details. That is, you have to not forget to cancel with the 7 days or you run the risk of being charged for the first month subscription.