Last month I bought a premium subscription of Grammarly. A client had told me about it, and I thought of giving it a try. I found a 40% discount online, and I didn’t mind spending a few bucks to try out the most excited online grammar checker.
It’s been four weeks since I started using it, and I think this is the perfect time to pen down my Grammarly review.
Please know that I am in no way affiliated to Grammarly, and I paid my own money to test this, no matter how crazy that sounds.
I don’t believe in these online checkers; writing is very personal, and everyone has their way of expressing themselves. Since I am also a Software Engineer, and I have coded some of the stuff like this, I know these online checkers are not adaptable.
They work on a specific piece of code, and no matter what you feed them as input, they are going to correct it the same way.
Grammarly Premium Detailed Review :
You can either check your files online on Grammarly’s website or download an add-on for Microsoft Word.
Now, I liked the add-on feature since you don’t have to copy and paste your content here and there. But, there were a few glitches with the add-on.
Firstly it takes 2-3 minutes for Word to open ever since I added this, and when I use Grammarly for my content, the auto-save or track changes feature gets deactivated.
For those of you who might not know this, auto-save means even if you don’t hit the save button, a temporary copy of your content is always protected, and files on Word get auto-saved every 5 minutes.
Now, imagine you have been working on a record for two hours and Word crashes, if you were using Grammarly, you wouldn’t be able to retrieve your data.
Also, the undo buttons don’t work when you are using Grammarly on Microsoft Word, which is awful.
Anyways, the website is pretty good; you can easily see your mistakes and the explanations for them.
There is an option to print out a report for future reference. Grammarly also has a plagiarism detector, but it’s not as effective as Copyscape.
Testing Grammarly Premium Features :
I have to say that Grammarly is the most efficient online grammar checker, but it’s not 100% efficient. It is only 80% there.
The problem with Grammarly is what I mentioned before; it’s not intuitive or adaptive; it works on a strict algorithm.
So every time you use words like – own, definitively, or really, it is automatically going to ask you to delete them.
I published a post a while back that about Grammarly premium: How to Get Grammarly Premium Free
Coming back to grammarly review, It doesn’t care if those words should be there or not; all it knows is that those words should be removed.
Also, it automatically scans for repeated words and suggests synonyms as replacements. Again, this is not always right.
If I am writing a technical article about data or files, then I wouldn’t want to replace them with different synonyms every time I want to use those words, it would only confuse the readers.
But I still have to say that it is powerful, it finds 70-80% of mistakes in any article and that is more than 100%.
I mean, come on, if this software were 100% efficient, more than half of the Editors would lose their job.
I use it when I have a lot of content that needs to be edited. So, what I do is – I first write the whole thing myself, then run the content through Grammarly and give a final check myself.
I might have criticized this a lot but, it does speed up my editing process. Grammarly, is like my little minion, accept it doesn’t feel bad when I talk sh*t. But, I like this tool and will renew for sure 🙂
Grammarly Free Version Review :
With Grammarly Free Version, you can get basic features such as spelling, punctuations, grammar. It will only auto-correct these silly mistakes that we make. Well, I make a lot of punctuation mistakes.
The spelling checker helps you with crucial spelling mistakes. The Free version of Grammarly is free with the basic features for the lifetime.
And you can use it as much as you want. There is no necessity and no stress for upgrading to premium.
If you want something good, you won't get it for free!
Final Verdict :
I would highly recommend this if you are a new writer, Grammarly can help you a lot. But, if you are an established writer, then also it will help you a lot and save a lot of your time. We are humans; we can make small mistakes!