Grammarly claims to be the “world’s most accurate grammar checker.” The application covers all aspects of grammar, from punctuation to style. Users can check their work for use of advanced grammar rules, with over 150 grammar checks utilized. Plagiarism detection tools are also added so the user can locate any ‘borrowed’ text before it gets them into a bad situation. Grammarly also makes suggestions to improve wording to make sentences more interesting to read. The application can also help the user locate words that are spelled correctly but not utilized in the right context. Grammarly is entirely web based, so the user does not have to download any kind of spellcheck tools. The plagiarism checker includes an automated reference creator. The application includes unique grammar checks such as dangling modifiers, faulty parallelism, comma splices, run on sentences and subject – verb agreement.Show more screenshots »
Grammarly was founded in February of 2010. The application was designed to provide users with an automated grammar checker tool. The company is currently based in Seattle, Washington. The concept was intended to produce an automated system that worked just like a human spellchecker would. An academic version is available called Grammarly EDU and is currently used by more than 300,000 students.
Most internet users already have access to a basic spellchecker. They come built into popular word processing programs, like Microsoft Word. What makes Grammarly so appealing is the detail and depth offered by the application. Users can find very specific issues that a basic grammar and spellchecker would have missed. The application can also generate automatic citations and let the user know when they run the risk of a plagiarism issue.
The Grammarly website welcomes users with a textured, light blue header and white background. The homepage includes the stylish Grammarly logo, which includes the site name with a book and blue pencil hovering over the “G.” The application itself is very easy to use and provides users with a clean interface in blue and silver. Other colors are used to highlight issues in text and large, round buttons allow the user to begin a review, copy, paste, cut or clear text.
A new user can try Grammarly without an account. To get the full benefit of the application the user can register by clicking the “Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The short form on the next page asks for a name, email address (which will be the account username) and preferred password. The user is also asked what they will mostly use the application for (the answer can be chosen from a drop down box). After submitting the information, the user is asked to select a membership plan and payment method. New users are given access for free for seven days.
Grammarly offers users one account with three subscription options. A monthly subscription costs around $25. A quarterly option is offered and costs around $17 per month. A yearly subscription lowers the monthly price to around $10 per month. New users who sign up for the free trial can receive a 20% discount off of each subscription option.
Grammarly is helpful for anyone who write regularly. Users can turn to Grammarly as a personal grammar checking tool. Students and teachers can also use Grammarly to improve their work. The application is easy to use and works with many types of writing.