Grammarly Review [2020]: Is It the Best As They Say It Is?

January 8, 2020
Grammarly Review 2020

In my 5+ years of blogging journey, I’ve been often asked to share my thoughts on the Grammarly tool.

And in response, I’ve always said “go for it! Grammarly is the best grammar checker tool that’s out there.”

But lately, I have been thinking a lot about my answer.

While it’s true that Grammarly is indeed the best grammar checker tool in the market, but I just feel it would make much more sense if I also explained the “Why” part.

So with this Grammarly Review post, I aim to share everything you need to know about Grammarly and help you determine if it’s the right grammar checker tool for you.

That being said, let’s get right into it!

Table of Content

  • 1) What is Grammarly? (and Is Grammarly Free?)
  • 2) Who Can Use Grammarly?
  • 3) Grammarly Free vs. Premium – Which is Right for You?
  • 4) Grammarly Free Features
  • 5) Grammarly Premium Features
  • 6) How to Use Grammarly? – 5 Different Ways
  • 7) Grammarly Cost
  • 8) Final Verdict

What is Grammarly? (and Is Grammarly Free?)

Grammarly is a grammar checker tool that helps you identify grammatical errors, punctuation mistakes, and incorrect sentence structures as you write emails, assignments, articles, or just about anything.

Grammarly comes with Free as well as the Premium (paid) version.

The Free version of Grammarly is free for life with no obligations whatsoever.

In fact, if you’re just a casual user who doesn’t write important stuff much often, you can simply sign up for Grammarly free version.

It takes less than 1 minute to sign up and start using it.

Next, we’ll look at some professions where Grammarly can be most useful and beneficial.

Who Can Use Grammarly?

Grammarly is one of the few universal tools that anyone can use on a regular basis.

Here are some professions where Grammarly can be really beneficial and add value to your work.

  • Bloggers, Writers, and Authors – for writing content.
  • Doctors and Medical Professionals – for writing medical reports.
  • Corporate Professionals – for writing emails, proposals, and other business-related documents.
  • Students – for writing cover letters, CVs, essays, and so on.

These are some of the professions that can take advantage of Grammarly.

Now, let’s move forward and see if you can get by using the free version or should you really get the premium version.

Grammarly Free vs. Premium – Which is Right for You?

Should you really consider purchasing the premium version of Grammarly?

Is Grammarly premium really worth it?

Here’s the simple answer. – If you’re someone whose job involves writing on a daily basis, then you should definitely go for the Grammarly premium version.

Here’s a special link for you if you’re seriously considering to purchase it. It will get you a whopping 25% Discount.

If you cannot decide whether to go for the free version or the premium version, allow me to help you in making the decision.

Below, I have explained all Grammarly features of both the free version and the premium version, separately.

It will help you determine which is best for you, Grammarly free or the premium version.

Grammarly Free Features

If you’re someone who is wondering what makes Grammarly so incredible, here are the features of its free version that helps to improve your writing skills.

1 – Spelling Checker

Everyone makes spelling mistakes, more often than they’d like to admit.

I know I do. I make spelling mistakes quite often when writing these blog posts.

But thanks to Grammarly, I no longer have to worry about those mistakes as Grammarly instantly spots my spelling mistakes and suggests the right spelling.

In addition to spotting the spelling mistakes, Grammarly also judges the context of the sentences and accordingly, it suggests the right words that you actually meant to write.

Here’s an example:

Grammarly Spelling Checker

As you can see in the image above, Grammarly red-lines all spelling as well as grammatical mistakes in the editor and lists them all at the right-side as you write your content.

This feature makes the editing and proofreading process a lot simpler and easier.

And compared with other grammar checking tools, Grammarly is the most accurate when it comes to detecting spelling mistakes and offering accurate suggestions.

2 – Grammar Checker

Grammarly has created its own intelligent algorithm to detect all grammar mistakes.

And as per my experience, it does a great job when it comes to spotting all grammatical mistakes in your content.

Here’s an example:

Grammar Checker

The above image shows how easily Grammarly has spotted all my grammar mistakes accurately.

Although, sometimes it does provide some wrong suggestions, but it is certainly not a deal-breaker.

3 – Punctuation Checker

When I first started my career as a writer, I used to skip a lot of commas at important places, which was really annoying.

But ever since I started using Grammarly, I did improve a lot.

Though I still miss a couple of commas once in a while, but I no longer have to worry about it since Grammarly helps me easily spot my comma mistakes and correct the errors.

Punctuation Checker

In the image above, you can see how it detected all comma as well as the serial comma mistakes accurately.

This proves that Grammarly can indeed help anyone improve their writing skills, even if the person has recently started learning the English language.

Grammarly Premium Features

The Grammarly Premium comes with a couple of advanced features, in addition to all the features of the free version.

These features are essential for anyone who writes almost every day.

1 – Plagiarism Checker

If you’re a blogger or work in the digital marketing industry, then you obviously need to make sure that your content does not match other people’s content and is not copied from anywhere.

And while there are plenty of free plagiarism checker tools out there, but I’ve personally experienced that none of these free tools match the accuracy of Grammarly premium.

Earlier, like many of you, I used to check my content for plagiarism using the SmallSEOTools Plagiarism Checker.

But after comparing the accuracy of both the tools, Grammarly has now become my go-to-tool for checking plagiarism.

The plagiarism checker of Grammarly easily spots the copied content and also provides the link to the original source.

So, in addition to checking grammar, punctuation, and spelling mistakes, Grammarly premium also helps you to instantly spot plagiarized content at one place.

2 – Genre Specific Writing Style Checker

People write for different purposes.

Some write dozens of work emails throughout the day, while others’ job involves writing medical reports, blog posts, fiction stories, etc.

And the good thing about Grammarly is that it comes with 30+ different templates for these different genres.

These templates help to align your writing for any given Genre and fine-tune your content to make sure it matches your actual purpose.

3 – Sentence Structure

Being a non-native English speaker, many times I face the trouble of framing a sentence in the correct way.

But since I use Grammarly premium, it helps me instantly spot my sentence structure errors and suggests the right way to frame my sentences.

4 – Vocabulary Enhancement

Vocabulary enhancement is another useful feature that you get with the Grammarly premium version.

This feature basically suggests you better synonyms for existing words in your content, especially when you’ve either used a word repetitively or the words aren’t as powerful as they should be.

If you’re a student, blogger, or writer, you may find this feature extremely useful.

5 – Advanced Grammar Checker

The premium version of Grammarly comes with an advanced grammar checker feature.

This feature basically warns you about advanced grammar mistakes such as spotting a preposition at the end of a sentence, unclear antecedent, use of passive voice, repetitive use of the same words, and several other advanced grammar mistakes.

This feature is especially useful for bloggers and students who regularly write important documents such as blog posts or assignments.

How to Use Grammarly? – 5 Different Ways

Like many other grammar checker tools in the market, Grammarly can also be in different ways.

But in order to use Grammarly in any of the following ways, you must register your free account.

You can also upgrade your account to premium if you’d like to use its premium features.

Once you’ve created your free Grammarly account, you can use it in 5 different ways as explained below.

1 – Grammarly Online App

Grammarly has its own online web app, which you can use as your go-to-editor for writing your content.

This online web app can be easily accessed by logging into your free Grammarly account on its website.

Grammarly Online App Login

As you log in by using your credentials, you’ll be automatically redirected to the “My Grammarly” tab where you can manage all your documents.

Once you’re at the “My Grammarly” screen, you can also check your pre-written articles by either clicking on the ‘Upload’ button or the ‘New’ label on the first card as shown below.

Grammarly New Upload

If you click on the ‘New’ label, you will be redirected to the Grammarly Editor with a new document as shown in the below screenshot.

Grammarly Editor

And if you click on ‘Upload’, then you will be asked to locate and upload a pre-written article file on your computer.

The Grammarly online app is particularly useful if you want to check your pre-written articles saved on your computer.

Alternatively, you can also use the online app as your primary tool for writing all your content.

But if you’re like me, who prefers using Google Docs as a primary tool for writing content, then there is a much better and convenient option to use Grammarly.

2 – Grammarly Browser Extension

The most convenient way to use Grammary is through the Grammarly browser extension.

And the good news is, the Grammarly browser extension is available for all major browsers out there in the market.

The browser extension installation process is easy too.

Let’s say you use Google Chrome as your primary browser.

To install the Grammarly extension on Google Chrome, all you need to do is open the Grammarly extension page in its store and click on the ‘Add to Chrome’ button.

Grammarly Chrome Extension

As you click on the ‘Add to Chrome’ button, a pop-up will appear with the list of its features.

Grammarly Chrome Extension 2

Click on the ‘Add Extension’ button to finish the installation process.

Once it is installed successfully, you will be redirected to the ‘Welcome to Grammarly’ screen.

Grammarly Chrome Installation Successful

That’s it.

Now when you start writing your content in Google Docs or anywhere on the internet, you’ll see the Grammarly logo at the bottom-right corner of your screen.

Grammarly Chrome Interface

The logo will display the number of errors your content currently have and clicking on the logo will open a small window showing you the exact mistakes in your content.

3 – Grammarly Desktop Application

If you’re not an excessive internet user but still want to use Grammarly, you can install Grammarly’s standalone application available for both macOS and Windows.

Grammarly for Windows

Compared to the web app and browser extension, the Grammarly standalone application is a bit more efficient and convenient.

But other than that, there is nothing new and you’ll have the same dashboard and features that you get in its web application.

4 – Microsoft Office Add-In

If you’re a corporate professional who uses Microsoft Word for creating reports, and send business emails using Microsoft Outlook, then you should absolutely get the Grammarly’s Microsoft Office Add-In.

Grammarly for Microsoft Office

You can get the Grammarly for Microsoft Office Add-In from its website and integrate it using the following steps.

Once you download the setup application for Grammarly for Microsoft Office, launch the executable file to begin the integration process, select the Microsoft programs you want and click on the ‘Install’ button as shown in the below image.

Grammarly for Office Suite

Once the installation process is completed, click on the ‘Finish’ button to close the setup.

Now, open Microsoft Word and you’ll see a Grammarly label in the File menu as well as Grammarly button right below it as shown in the screenshot below.

Grammarly for Office

Click on ‘Open Grammarly’ and it will open a small sign-in window.

Login using your credentials or Register a free Grammarly account if you haven’t to start using it in your Microsoft Office.

Grammarly Microsoft Office Sign-in

Once you’ve created your free Grammarly account and signed in, a new Grammarly tab will open on the right-side of your Microsoft Word screen.

Now, as you write your content in the Word document, all your Grammar-related mistakes will be displayed on the right-side tab as shown in the below screenshot.

Grammarly Office

Unfortunately, the Grammarly Microsoft Add-In is only available for Windows users.

If you’re a Mac user, you can use Grammarly either using its online app, download the standalone application, or by installing its browser extension as explained before.

5 – Grammarly Keyboard (Android & iOS)

In addition to all these different ways to use Grammarly, you can also install Grammarly on your smartphone.

Grammarly has recently launched its mobile app ‘Grammarly Keyboard’ for both mobile platforms – Android & iOS.

This new Grammarly Keyboard app is useful for anyone who wants to have the proofreading functionality right in their pockets.

To get the Grammarly Keyboard app, simply go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and search for Grammarly Keyboard.

Alternatively, you can also request for the direct installation link via SMS through the Grammarly website.

Grammarly Keyboard

Once you’ve installed Grammarly Keyboard on your smartphone, sign in to your Grammarly account to start using it.

For iOS users, the setup process is a bit different.

After installing the application and signing in, iOS users need to click on the ‘Add Grammarly Keyboard’ button.

Upon clicking, it will take you to Settings>>Available Virtual Keyboard screen on your iOS device as shown below.

Grammarly Keyboard 2

As shown in the screenshot, switch on the ‘Grammarly’ keyboard.

Once you’ve activated the Grammarly Keyboard, you can now type anywhere or in any app and Grammarly will proactively check your writing for grammar mistakes and offer the right suggestions.

So, these are the 5 different ways you can use Grammarly.

If you’ve liked this blog post so far, make sure to share your favorite way to use Grammarly with me in the comment section. 🙂

I personally prefer using the browser extension on Google Chrome.

Grammarly Cost

Grammarly Cost

As I mentioned earlier, the free version of Grammarly is free for life, and you can get it by simply registering a free account.

On the other hand, if you’re someone who, in some way, writes for a living and is convinced to get the premium version of Grammarly, then I have good news for you.

For readers of this blog, Grammarly is offering a special 25% discount on its annual subscription plan.

Just click on the below image to claim your discount!

In fact, if you purchase the premium version and not satisfied, Grammarly is also offering a 10-days Money Back Guarantee.

To claim your refund, all you have to do is go to your Account tab, select Subscription, and click on the ‘Cancel Subscription’ button as shown in the image below.

Final Verdict

Here’s my final recommendation:

If you write for a living, directly or indirectly, and have the budget, you should definitely get the Grammarly premium. – It’s worth every penny.

On the other hand, if you’re still unsure, you should still get the free version anyway.

So, do yourself a favor right now and Register your free account and use it for at least one week before making any decision.

Grammarly FAQs

What is Grammarly and how does it work?

Grammarly is an instant Grammar Checker tool and it automatically spots all your grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors in your writing. Grammarly has created its own AI-based algorithm that instantly detects all your grammar mistakes and flags potential issues.

Does Grammarly work on Google Docs?

Yes, Grammarly works perfectly fine with Google Docs. To use it with Google Docs, all you need to do is install the Grammarly browser extension.

Can I use Grammarly Plagiarism Checker using the free version?

No. As much as I would like to have that, Grammarly plagiarism checker feature is only available for Grammarly premium users.

Does Grammarly work offline?

No. Grammarly is an online tool and therefore it requires an internet connection in order to detect all grammar-related mistakes in your writing.

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