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What is Grammarly

Directly quoted from Grammarly's website. "Great Writing, Simplified.. Compose bold, clear, mistake-free writing with Grammarly’s AI-powered writing assistant." That's a basic description of Grammarly if you had to sum Grammarly up into just a few short well-written words (AI-Driven). What I have found in my time using Grammarly and trying to find as much as I can to criticize Grammarly about is that it has and is continuing to make me a better writer grammatically as well as a better speller. Now I wouldn't give too much credit to Grammarly when it comes to basic spelling corrections because that's something that's pretty much standard issue on any device, be it a PC or a mobile phone. But what Grammarly shines at is helping you to create exciting and engaging content using the power of Artificial Intelligence to help spice up your articles for whatever the need may be. Grammarly offers you to set the tone of the article before you even begin with your creative process and for me, the first step usually involves A large cup of Colombian coffee to help get my creative juices going. What do I mean by setting the tone of an article? You might be writing an article or an email to a friend, well if you are writing an email to a friend it doesn't necessarily have to be grammatically correct and the use of slang in your email would certainly make things more interesting. However, it probably would not be so appropriate if you were writing a business proposal for a potential new client. Now with that said your article or letter to your potential new client would not necessarily need to contain any slang and you might not want to use any slang at all when writing a letter intended for professional use.


TLDR: Grammarly is a writing tool that gives you the ability to effortlessly check and correct several types of errors in any article, paper, email, text message, or whatever your writing.

TLDR: Grammarly, both free and premium versions detect grammar and punctuation mistakes. Grammarly also provides on the fly suggestions on how to correct any mistakes that may have occurred.


-Spell Check

Grammarly has one of if not the best spell checkers I have ever used period. However we can't and should not give Grammarly too much credit for including a spell checker into the software both basic and premium, simply because it's standard-issue across most platforms such as PC and mobile devices. So, unfortunately, no big win there for Grammarly but as I mentioned Grammarly does have one of the best spell checkers in case your wondering.


-Plagiarism ...(CLICK HERE to try the plagiarism checker)

This feature is super duper handy especially if you are a blogger, professional writer, hobby writer, student, or anyone that produces written content on the regular basis with the intent of that content being posted and seen somewhere on the internet.


Without the ability to check your content for plagiarism as it might be seen through the algorithms of many search engines you will run the risk of your content being de-ranked. This means your content will never show up for any relevant search inquiry on any major search engine. Obviously, this is not ideal, so to combat the possibility of this happening it is always a good idea to run your content through a plagiarism checker such as the one that comes in the premium version of Grammarly. But let's be clear here, I don't think the intention here is to accuse anyone of intentional plagiarism. The fact is that there are millions of articles on many different websites throughout the internet, so there is always a possibility that your article could be similar enough to someone else's article that it triggers a filter in a major search engine causing your content to be buried deep into never never land where it is never to be read again. This is bad, This is not at all what we want.


-Writing Style

So your writing style should always reflect you and your personality. Every now and then we get trapped in our heads and just have a hard time focusing on the project we set forth to complete. Grammarly allows you to set the tone of the piece of content you are creating and will offer up helpful suggestions to help keep you on track and focused on the objective of your paper, essay, email, or whatever the project may be.


If you are addressing an audience that is expecting some content that's cheerful and or uplifting but your not quite feeling that way at the moment well it can unknowingly sometimes show up in your writing style. Let's imagine you have no idea how to even start making content that is meant to be sad or neutral because that's just not the type of person you are. Well, Grammarly gives you the option to have some guidance from the built-in Artificial Intelligence that helps you make better choices in wording and sentence structure which allows you to convey the message and tone you are trying to achieve, at times when you may not feel confident at doing so on your own.

It's not too difficult to figure out who the ideal Grammarly user would be. I would like to think Grammarly is useful for both native English speakers and non-native English speakers. I personally like to think of myself as a pretty decent writer (spelling not so much) and I find that Grammarly points out a lot of mistakes that I would have overlooked or not even considered to be an error. It most certainly helped and is helping me with consistency and me learning how to spell the word "consistency" 😞. For non-native English speakers, Grammarly would do wonders. I can't tell you how many times I have read an article and I could tell within the first sentence or two that the writer is most certainly not a native English speaker. Nonetheless here is a quick list of people that Grammarly would most certainly be beneficial to.

-Bloggers or Social media managers

-Affiliate marketers via content creation

-Authors would be an obvious benefactor of Grammarly

-Teachers and Academics

-Business professionals

-Videographers and screen writers

-Law students or just any student


Grammarly also offers settings that are specific to different variations of English such as Canadian English, American English, British English, Australian English, and many variations. These settings also carry over to different variations of other languages.


When students opt for the premium version of Grammarly they will find the features amazing at checking a batch of work that may be needed for upcoming assignments. With that said we all know that students are usually strapped for cash so a student could always pay for one month's subscription and cancel if their budget just doesn't allow continued use of the premium features.

How does Grammarly work?

After you have created a Grammarly account which is free, be sure to participate in the guided tour which I find a little lacking in substance but it is there and it is somewhat helpful. You will find an example of the guided tour shown in the video review featured above this review that was written entirely using Grammarly free and Grammarly premium.

Grammarly Desktop Dashboard shown above

Using Grammarly's tools

There are a few ways that Grammarly can be used to help with your content creation and or review work that you have previously done to see if improvements can be made. Below is a list of the most popular ones:


  • Option 1

Simply copy and paste the entire book, article, or whatever it is you are looking to run through Grammarly's AI system for proofreading, grammar checking, and or spell check.

  • Option 2

You can use the 'upload' link on the Grammarly dashboard as illustrated below. This allows you to import word documents and many other popular document formats including documents created with Google docs.

  • Option 3

The online Grammarly app (Located Here) is actually pretty robust and offers many of the features you would come to expect in an app that's designed for writing. So you could simply create your article, blog, email, or whatever you're working on directly in Grammarly. I have already mentioned that I have written this entire article in Grammarly and simply copied and pasted it into my website. Moving forward I will most certainly be doing every written review using Grammarly premium. hopefully, Grammarly can get the bugs worked out of the Desktop app for windows and make the installation more streamlined. However, the online app is ideal because you can use Grammarly anywhere there is an internet connection. You can then take advantage of the 'Correct with Assistant' feature, which as you may have guessed helps you correct using the built-in assistant as illustrated below.

  • Option 4

If You are a Windows user you are able to install the Grammarly plugin on MS Word. There is also the option to Download and use a version of Grammarly for PC and Mobile operating systems including Windows, macOS, Android, and ios. Below is an illustration of all the web applications that Grammarly works with. I should also mention that there is a chrome extension available for Grammarly and can be Downloaded HERE.

Final Thoughts

Version 2. Grammarly review written with Grammarly Premium is below this paragraph.

After writing this entire review and a few other articles using Grammarly I can honestly say that all the claims that are made about improving the grammar, spelling, punctuation, quality, tone, and even readability of your articles are substantiated. The coolest feature about Grammarly is that as the corrections are suggested, Grammarly tells you the exact reason for the suggestion which enables you to be a better writer. Now you might be thinking "will this make me dependent on Grammarly?". No, Grammarly works in a way that to me it kind of feels like a challenge or even a game where I am striving to write without getting any type of underlines indicating that I have made a mistake. It's like having a teacher with you that politely points out your mistakes and explains them to you as the mistakes are made.


Is it possible to become dependent on Grammarly? Yes, it most certainly is possible. However, that's dependent on the type of person you are. If you just wish to fly through an article or paper and not pay attention to any of the reasons the suggested corrections are giving, then yes you won't learn anything. But Grammarly makes it easy to learn from your mistakes.


Is Grammarly perfect? No, absolutely not. While I can't say that Grammarly is riddled with flaws, there are a few instances where Grammarly made some suggestions that just completely ruined the clarity of a sentence. What does happen on a rare occasion is I think Grammarly is taking some sentences out of context. But, in all honesty, the number of minor mistakes that Grammarly has made I would not consider a deal-breaker.


Pricing. If there is one thing that I am not so thrilled about is the pricing. At $11.66 per month, no that price is not bad at all and I would absolutely pay $11.66 per month for an individual plan. The problem is that it requires a one-year commitment to take advantage of the $11.66 a month pricing. Which comes out to $139.92 upfront. For a lot of folks, that's a bit too long of a commitment and upfront cost. The best option would be to give premium a try for a month at the $29.95 price point and switch your pricing plan later after you have figured out that you can't live without Grammarly.

**Version 2 Grammarly review Written with Premium version of Grammarly**

Directly quoted from Grammarly’s website. “Great Writing, Simplified.. Compose bold, clear, mistake-free writing with Grammarly’s AI-powered writing assistant.” That would be a basic description of Grammarly if you had to sum Grammarly up into just a few short, well-written words (AI-Driven). What I have found in my time using Grammarly and trying to find as much as I can to criticize about Grammarly. Is that it has and is continuing to make me a better writer grammatically as well as a better speller. Now I wouldn’t give too much credit to Grammarly when it comes to necessary spelling corrections. Because that’s something that’s pretty much standard issue on any device, be it a PC or a mobile phone. But what Grammarly shines at is helping you to create exciting and engaging content using the power of Artificial Intelligence to help spice up your articles for whatever the need may be. Grammarly offers you to set the tone of the item before you even begin with your creative process. For me, the first step usually involves A large cup of Colombian coffee to help get my creative juices going. What do I mean by setting the tone of an article? If you are writing an email, essay, or letter to a friend, it doesn’t necessarily have to be grammatically correct, and the use of slang in your email would undoubtedly make things more interesting. However, it probably would not be so appropriate if you were writing a business proposal for a potential new client. Now with that said. The article or letter to your potential new client would not necessarily need to contain any slang. You might not want to use any slang at all when writing a letter intended for professional use.


TLDR: Grammarly is a writing tool that gives you the ability to effortlessly check and correct several types of errors. Be it in an article, essay, email, text message, or whatever your writing.

TLDR: Grammarly, both free and premium versions, detect grammar and punctuation mistakes. Grammarly also provides on the fly suggestions on how to correct any errors that may have occurred.


-Spell Check

Grammarly has one of if not the best spell checkers I have ever used period. However, we can’t and should not give Grammarly too much credit for including a spell checker into the software both basic and premium, simply because it’s standard-issue across most platforms such as PC and mobile devices. So, unfortunately, no big win there for Grammarly, but as I mentioned, Grammarly does have one of the best spell checkers in case your wondering.


-Plagiarism (CLICK HERE to try the plagiarism checker)

This feature is super duper handy, especially if you are a blogger, professional writer, hobby writer, student, or anyone that produces written content regularly. Especially if the intent of that content is for it to be posted and seen somewhere on the internet.


Having the ability to check your content for plagiarism is almost critical. Many search engines may perceive your content to be duplicate content, aka piracy. This means your content will never show up for any relevant search inquiry on any major search engine. Obviously, this is not ideal, so to combat the possibility of this happening, it is always a good idea to run your content through a plagiarism checker. Such as the one that comes in the premium version of Grammarly. But let’s be clear here, I don’t think the intention here is to accuse anyone of intentional plagiarism. The fact is that there are millions of articles on many different websites throughout the internet. So there is always a possibility that your content could be similar enough to someone else’s content that it triggers a filter in a major search engine. Which causes your content to be buried deep into a never-never land where it is never to be read.


-Writing Style

So your writing style should always reflect you and your personality. Every now and then, we get trapped in our own heads and just have a hard time focusing on the project we set forth to complete. Grammarly allows you to set the tone of the piece of content you are creating. This provides helpful suggestions from Grammarly to keep you on track and focus on the objective of your paper, essay, email, or whatever the project may be.


If you are addressing an audience that is expecting some content that’s cheerful and or uplifting. But your not quite feeling that way at the moment. This can unknowingly sometimes show up in your writing style. Let’s imagine you have no idea how to even start making content that is meant to be sad or neutral because that’s just not the type of person you are. Well, Grammarly gives you the option to have some guidance from the built-in Artificial Intelligence. This helps you make better choices in wording and sentence structure. This also allows you to convey the message and tone you are trying to achieve, at times when you may not feel confident at doing so on your own.

It's not too tricky to figure out who the ideal Grammarly user would be. I would like to think Grammarly is useful for both native English speakers and non-native English speakers. I personally like to think of myself as a pretty decent writer (spelling, not so much). I find that Grammarly points out a lot of mistakes that I would have overlooked or not even considered to be an error. It most certainly helped and is helping me with consistency and me learning how to spell the word "consistency" 😞. For non-native English speakers, Grammarly would do wonders. I can't tell you how many times I have read an article, and I could tell within the first sentence or two that the writer is most certainly not a native English speaker. Nonetheless, here is a quick list of people that Grammarly would most certainly be beneficial to.

-Bloggers or Social media managers

-Affiliate marketers via content creation

-Authors would be a prominent benefactor of Grammarly

-Teachers and Academics

-Business professionals

-Videographers and screenwriters

-Law students or just any student


Grammarly also offers settings that are specific to different variations of English, such as Canadian English, American English, British English, Australian English, and many variations. These settings also carry over to differences in other languages.


When students opt for the premium version of Grammarly, they will find the features fantastic at checking a batch of work that may be needed for upcoming assignments. With that said, we all know that students are usually strapped for cash. So a student could always just pay for one month's subscription and cancel if their budget just doesn't allow continued use of the premium features.

How does Grammarly work?

After you have created a Grammarly account, which is free, be sure to participate in the guided tour, which I find a little lacking in substance. Still, it is there, and it is somewhat helpful. You will find an example of the guided tour shown in the video review featured above this review that was written entirely using Grammarly free and Grammarly premium.

Grammarly Desktop Dashboard shown above

Using Grammarly's tools

There are a few ways that Grammarly can be used to help with your content creation and or review work that you have previously done to see if improvements can be made. Below is a list of the most popular ones:


  • Option 1

Simply copy and paste the entire book, article, or whatever it is you are looking to run through Grammarly's AI system for proofreading, grammar checking, and or spell check.

  • Option 2

You can use the 'upload' link on the Grammarly dashboard, as illustrated below. This allows you to import word documents and many other popular document formats, including content created with Google docs.

  • Option 3

The online Grammarly app (Located Here) is actually pretty robust. It offers many of the features you would come to expect in an app that's designed for writing. So you could simply create your article, blog, email, or whatever you're working on directly in Grammarly. I have already mentioned that I have written this entire article in Grammarly and simply copied and pasted it into my website. Moving forward, I will most certainly be doing every written review using Grammarly premium. Hopefully, Grammarly can get the bugs worked out of the Desktop app for windows and make the installation more streamlined. However, the online app is ideal because you can use Grammarly anywhere there is an internet connection. You can then take advantage of the 'Correct with Assistant' feature, which, as you may have guessed, helps you correct using the built-in assistant, as illustrated below.

  • Option 4

If You are a Windows user, you can install the Grammarly plugin on MS Word. There is also the option to Download and use a version of Grammarly for PC and Mobile operating systems, including Windows, macOS, Android, and ios. Below is an illustration of all the web applications that Grammarly works with. I should also mention that there is a chrome extension available for Grammarly and can be Downloaded HERE.

Final Thoughts

After writing this entire review and a few other articles using Grammarly. I can honestly say that all the claims that are made about improving the grammar, spelling, punctuation, quality, tone, and even readability of your articles are substantiated. The coolest feature about Grammarly is that as the corrections are suggested, Grammarly tells you the exact reason for the suggestion, which enables you to be a better writer. Now you might be thinking, "will this make me dependent on Grammarly?". No, Grammarly works in a way that, to me, it kind of feels like a challenge or even a game. Where I am striving to write without getting any type of underlines, indicating that I have made a mistake. It's like having a teacher with you that politely points out your errors and explains them to you as the errors are made.


Is it possible to become dependent on Grammarly? Yes, it most certainly is possible. However, that's dependent on the type of person you are. If you just wish to fly through an article or paper and not pay attention to any of the suggested corrections you are given, then yes, you won't learn anything. But Grammarly makes it easy to learn from your mistakes.


Is Grammarly perfect? No, absolutely not. While I can't say that Grammarly is riddled with flaws, there are a few instances where Grammarly made some suggestions that just completely ruined the clarity of a sentence. What does happen on a rare occasion is I think Grammarly is taking some sentences out of context. But, in all honesty, the number of minor mistakes that Grammarly has made, I would not consider a deal-breaker.


Pricing. If there is one thing that I am not so thrilled about is the pricing. At $11.66 per month, no, that price is not bad at all, and I would absolutely pay $11.66 per month for an individual plan. The problem is that it requires a one-year commitment to take advantage of the $11.66 a month pricing. Which comes out to $139.92 upfront. For a lot of folks, that's a bit too long of a commitment and upfront cost. The best option would be to give premium a try for a month at the $29.95 price point and switch your pricing plan later after you have figured out that you can't live without Grammarly.