Contents of this Post
This is a longer post than I usually write so I’ve included a list of the contents to better navigate the post.
Importance of Grammar
What is Grammarly?
My Review of Grammarly
Importance of Grammar
These days, proper grammar seems to fall by the wayside, in exchange for text language or slang. Despite what people seem to think these days, grammar is important. There have been numerous times where I’ve misunderstood someone online, simply because they didn’t include a comma where they should have.
One example of this happened on Facebook messenger. I was messaging someone who had reached out to me after my brother died. At one point in the conversation, she responded with “You absolutely are not my friend.” At first I was taken aback because I thought she was saying that I was not her friend, which didn’t make sense with how the conversation was going and she had a smiley face at the end of the sentence. It took me a couple of seconds to realize she was saying “You absolutely are not, my friend” which gives it a completely different meaning.
If I had taken the meaning of it without the comma, without realizing she meant it with a comma, that conversation would have ended a lot differently. I’ve had several other experiences like that, but that one sticks out in my mind because of how drastic the meanings changed.
Grammar is important to get the intended meaning across and help lower the chance of misunderstanding. Below is an infographic that a grammar app put out about the correlation between proper grammar and jobs.
Several weeks ago, I got the opportunity to try out Grammarly’s full app for free for two weeks. Right off
the bat, let me tell you a little bit about the app before I go into my review of it.
What is Grammarly
Grammarly is a web application that goes beyond the standard spell checker. It checks for grammar mistakes and often gives a little explanation as to grammar rule is relating to the mistake.
Through the app, you can also upload documents and it will check them for you on the site for application.
They also have an extension for Microsoft Word which will check your document while you are typing it. The extension can check for spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, style, vocabulary enhancement, and plagiarism. You can also set the type of document you are writing so it can specialize what it is checking for. Unfortunately, this is only available with the premium account.
There is a free account and a premium account that you can get. The free account checks for basic mistakes, while the premium account checks for more advanced mistakes and enhancements.
For a two-week period, I was able to try out their premium account and I was, for the most part, pleased with it. It helped me improve my grammar, but also caught mistakes that probably would not have been caught if just using the standard spell checker.
The app works with any writing you do online, such as Facebook, Twitter, emails, even this blog post. If you have the browser extension and are logged in, it will check your writing without you doing anything. You do, however, have to accept or reject what they suggest for you to do because what they suggest isn’t necessarily what you were wanting to do.
I also really liked the Microsoft Word extension because I could change the type of document I was writing and have it give me specific suggestions based on the type of document, such as an academic paper. It also gave me suggestions for vocabulary enhancement, because sometimes I use the same words too much and the paper would benefit from using different words.
One problem I had with the Microsoft Word extension, though, was that I would have to have Word open already in order to open a document I had saved on my laptop. If I strictly went into the folder I had saved the document and double clicked on it, Word would open but an error message would come up and I would have to double click on the document again or use the file open command feature in Word. I know this was related to the extension because it never happened before downloading the extension. I also deleted the extension at one point and then I could open existing documents, no problem.
Since my two-week trial ended, I have tried the free account and despite not being able to get the more advanced issues checked, it still does a decent job with the basic grammar mistakes.
Despite the little glitch I experienced with the Microsoft Word extension, I was happy with Grammarly and I would suggest anyone who struggles with grammar or just wants to improve their grammar to get it, even if they just get the free account.