What does Grammarly Do?
Grammarly does a few different things. At a high level, it’s a web-based grammar checking tool which updates as you write and not only suggests corrections but gives the rationale behind it.
Grammarly also gives you the option to specify the type of document you’re writing and will call you out on use of contractions or colloquialisms if not appropriate for the type of document you’re writing academic writing. In the picture below, you’ll see Grammarly has a number of sub-types within each document type to narrow down what it should expect from your document.
- Contextual Spelling helps to ensure homphones are used correctly so you don’t fall victim to the there/their/they’re trap
- Grammar addresses issues such as unclear sentence subject
- Punctuation lets you know about missing or misues commas and periods
- Style looks for redundancy in your writing and wordiness
- Vocabulary Use provides suggestions to diversify you word choice
- Plagarism checks against database with billions of references to determine originality of your writing
How Easy is Grammarly to Use?
Grammarly has a simple, intuitive interface. To have a document checked by Grammarly you can upload a file (formats?), paste into the Grammarly, or type directly into the text editor. In terms of how it looks, the interface reminded me a little bit of Evernote’s “card view” so if you use that this will feel familiar to you. Aside from that, you type away and Grammarly will make suggestions and keep score along the way.
If grammar is a blind spot for you or you just want to see how it works, click here to try Grammarly for free.
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In my testing of the tool, I will say Grammary wasn’t flawless but it definitely gave me more comfort that the piece I was writing was error free.
I know a lot of people out there don’t take kindly to having machines do everything, so let me know how YOU use this in the comments or if you’ll keep it old school and do it yourself. If I get enough feedback, I’ll post the results.