Software review: Grammarly

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Today, I share my thoughts on web software called Grammarly. This is a writing program with extensive checks for grammar, syntax, and more. Below, I have a rundown of how Grammarly has worked for me.

The Good:

  • Flexibility allows integration with a variety of programs and web platforms.
  • High-quality checks for writing.
  • Additional tests for readability, vocabulary, and more; some are customizable.
  • Easy to use.
  • Free demo version, with simple prose checks.

The Bad:

  • Reasonably expensive: 30$/per month; cheaper if you commit to longer subscriptions.
  • The software sometimes overreacts to words, and may not give a proper correction.
  • Bouts of extreme lag, especially on Word.
  • Copying from Grammarly to another platform doesn’t always format correctly.
  • Can become a crutch.

Most writers who are poor might overlook this program, due to the cost. There are select sale periods, particularly during the start of the school season, which can help with this. I’ve found the money I’ve spent on this program worthwhile, despite having to put up with Grammarly’s issues of lag and formatting. Most of these problems are overcome from a remote forum or writing site, where Grammarly will auto-sync with your work. You can also hire proofreaders from Grammarly, but I have yet to try this.

For self-publishing authors, Grammarly is a must. When you combine it with checks from Word or other programs, your prose refines further.While it doesn’t work with full accuracy, it’s a substantial step in the right direction (I’ve found a few errors on Word that Grammarly missed, for example). I’d recommend this software to any inspiring blogger or novelist, though I’d argue the price should be lower for low-income authors.

The Verdict: (aka tldr)

A robust program for writers, and excellent for editing. It has improved my writing, but it can be a crutch sometimes. Lag and formatting are the most prominent issues, along with the price. Still, the pros outweigh the cons. Grammarly is definitely worthwhile to try out and decide for yourself. Overall rating: 4/5 stars.


Have you tried Grammarly? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading. 🙂

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