My take on Grammarly
I used the paid version right off the bat. So that’s the version I’ll be reviewing. Like anything else, it’s not perfect. However, there are frequent updates to make it better.
The main problem I have noticed is with comma placement does not always seem accurate. Then again, most people, including myself, are not so perfect with commas.
You can always add or remove a comma in a sentence and see how Grammarly reacts to the change.
Catching the passive voice problem places is perfect for me and my style of writing.
Of course, fixing typos is a must. Pretty standard. You can easily add flagged words to the dictionary with one click, so they aren’t flagged as misspelled in the future.
One silly thing I ran into once was the suggestion to change a word to a better one, then Grammarly would suggest changing that word to a better one. Which was the word I had in the first place. ? ? ? It worked every other time.
You can also double click a word to have synonyms pop up.
The plagiarism checker is, um, interesting. I haven’t found it to be useful since I’m NOT plagiarizing. It’s an odd thing to include to me.
The only things that have shown up when I felt like checking out the feature where simple commonplace sentences. Of course, that was a year ago. There have been many updates since then.
Funny. I tried out the feature again since I was writing about it. I opened the first chapter of my Universal Chaos – Web of Chaos novel and clicked on Plagiarism to check it. It said 99 percent the same asssssss… my story, which happens to be posted on the net. At least it works.
(Now Grammarly is telling me “be posted” is in the passive voice, but I’m going to keep it like it is.)
The “add an article” feature is excellent for typos like a missing “the.”
The performance option to check out is helpful. It says Readability score for this article is 77. Higher means its easier for most people to read.
It says sentence length is above average compared to other Grammarly users. I suppose that is a polite way to say I write sentences that are too long.
Of course, there’s a word counter.
It also indicates read time and spoken time if you need that information for business meetings. If you pay attention to marketing, it would be useful if you know when people tend to stop reading your blog posts, say after 2 minutes perhaps.
Grammarly catches sentence fragments. If you click on the … ellipsis when it detects a potential mistake, Grammarly will list info explaining what it is to you. I found that very helpful when I first started.
I use Grammarly constantly. I usually write my novels in another program, then import the chapters into Grammarly to check them over. Sure the other word processors have spell check and all but don’t catch other mistakes. You can copy and paste into/from Grammarly, but importing/exporting is recommended to keep the formatting. Well, as much as it finds compatible.
I write blog posts and short articles like this one right in Grammarly. The paid version is excellent for learning. Wish I had it when I was in college.
Copyright Conrad Brubaker 2018