I blog all over the internet, and there’s nothing worse than getting called out in the comments section for a grammar mistake.
While I want to know about the error (so I can fix it), it’s embarrassing!
No matter how many times you check your work, it’s easy to miss stuff, and professional editors are expensive.
This why I’ve been experimenting with Grammarly.
Grammarly is eight years old and has eight million users.
They announced this week that they raised $110 million in venture capital.
I’ve been using the free version of Grammarly for a year.
I’ve been happy with it, but I’ve been using the premium version for this month.
I like Grammarly Premium, but is it worth the high price?
Let’s go in-depth with my Grammarly review.
Try the free version.
- Grammarly’s free version is fantastic. You get the native app and the browser plugin for free. You won’t get the thesaurus, plagiarism checker or advanced grammar rules, but it’ll show you the obvious mistakes.
- The plagiarism checker is useful for internet marketers who buy lots of content and school teachers. It takes 30 seconds to see if the writer you hired or a student copied the content from somewhere on the web. It shows you each copied phrase and where on the internet it’s copied from. Also, it indicates the percentage of the post that is unique.
- Grammarly is perfect for students to use before submitting a paper. I wish I had known about Grammarly while I was still in college. It’s not going to catch all mistakes, but it’d find the obvious ones. Obvious errors are hard to catch if you’re reading your own writing.
- Grammarly Premium’s grammar detection and tips are better than any software I’ve tried, including Microsoft Office.
- Grammarly works everywhere. They have plugins for all the major web browsers, a Microsoft Office add-on, a native Mac app, and a web version. Whenever you’re typing something on the web, whether it’s an email, Facebook post, or a blog post, your grammar will be corrected in real time.
- Grammarly uses artificial intelligence and machine learning, meaning it’s always getting smarter and learning how people write.
- The dictionary and thesaurus features are great. It lets you know when you’re overusing words and gives you suggestions on how to make certain sentences sounds better.
- As a writer, you want to make sentences as concise as possible, without changing the meaning. You shouldn’t write like you speak. (This is my biggest writing issue.) Saying “it’s very hot outside.” is grammatically correct, but “it’s hot outside.” is what you should shoot for. A reader isn’t going to remember the difference when they’re done reading your piece. Grammarly does a great job of picking out unnecessary words.
- The free Grammarly is a great product, but the premium version doesn’t bring enough value to the table for the price.
- $30 per month is ridiculous! I’m not paying 3x the price of my Netflix subscription to correct grammar! $30 per month is insulting. If you buy a year up front, it’s $12/month, but this still expensive if you’re a student or not writing every day. I’d love to see this as a $6 per month flat service.
- A non-human editor isn’t going to be perfect, and neither is this. Incorrectly used words or serial commas give it issues occasionally.
- Google blocks Grammarly from working inside Google Docs. It’s annoying because Google Docs is where I write all my posts. When I finish writing, I export the file as a .doc file and then upload it into Grammarly. It’s not a huge deal but an extra step.
- You have to upload each document individually and can’t upload multiple documents at once. This should be an easy fix.
- There are no discounts for students. It’d make a ton of sense to give discounts to students with a .edu email address, and it’s a missed opportunity.
- Their machine learning is cool, but it could be making us use improper English. For example, you’re supposed to say “Hi, Cam,” with a comma after the name. Because few people use this type of comma, it’s eliminated from Grammarly’s system. According to Grammarly, “Hey Cam” is correct and isn’t flagged. I’m not sure how I feel about Grammarly going against standard English practices and going with the social norms.
- Grammarly has too many promotions and sends lots of emails. Grammarly should stick to one price. Constant change is deceptive marketing. Every week, I get an email saying, “Get 40% off if you buy in the next two days!” Stop!
- I don’t edit documents inside WordPress’ editor, but I don’t suggest doing it. When you type, the cursor will sometimes jump into different paragraphs.
Who’s this for?
Don’t buy Grammarly for $30 a month! If I find that you did, I’ll block your IP from my visiting my site.
Grammarly Premium is something you need as a teacher or someone who blogs frequently.
If you use this link, you’ll get a week of Grammarly Premium for free.
You have nothing to lose.
Try it to see if you like it.
If you like Grammarly Premium, wait until you get the 40% off email, and sign up for the full year. It’ll cost you around $60 for the year ($5 per month).
I edited this post with Grammarly. How’d it do?