Grammarly Review: Is This Grammar Checker Worth It?

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This Grammarly review was updated in June 2018 to reflect how readers and I use this grammar checker today.

Are you looking for an accurate online proofreading tool that works?

Are you confident what you’re writing is error-free and easy to read?

Would you like a tool or grammar checker to help you proof-read your work?

I think you’ll agree with me when I say typos and grammar mistakes are embarrassing.

I discovered Grammarly, a grammar checker for proofreading articles, book chapters and blog posts.

I spent 30 days using Grammarly…before taking out a Grammarly Premium subscription.

Now, in this updated 2018 Grammarly review, I’ll explain how it can help you check grammar and spelling online, and if this grammar checker is worth it for writers, bloggers and non-native English speakers.

You can also claim an exclusive Grammarly discount below.

Please note, I focused mostly on Grammarly Premium for this review.

How Grammarly Works

How Grammarly Works
Take the tour to see how Grammarly works

Once you create a Grammarly account for free, take a tour of the Grammarly editor, which was updated in 2018.

It shows you how to get feedback on your writing quickly, make your writing clear and adjust feedback to your preferred writing style.

Then open a new document and set a goal for your writing.

You can set writing goals based on your:

  • Intent e.g., inform, tell a story or describe
  • Audience e.g., general or expert
  • Style e.g., formal or informal
  • Emotion e.g., mild or strong
  • Domain e.g., academic, business or technical

When you're ready, simply paste extracts of your writing for proofreading, grammar checking and catching spelling mistakes. Or you can write directly in Grammarly and then paste your work into your writing app of choice.

After a few seconds, this proofreading tool underlines grammar mistakes similar to what you see in Word. Grammarly Premium also provides a more detailed explanation than the free version (or Word) about why you made a writing mistake.

This is particularly useful if you're a non-native English writer or if you want to improve your knowledge of English grammar.

However, you should still exercise judgment before deciding what to fix and what to leave.

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Grammarly writing insights are useful for self-editing

Grammarly also works by providing insights about your writing based your:

  • Character and sentence length
  • Vocabulary and readability score
  • Reading time and so on

The Plagiarism Detector

Grammarly features a plagiarism checker, which can be useful if you’re writing academic documents or reviewing a peer’s work.

I turned this feature on, but I didn’t find any issues in my documents (I guess I’m not plagiarising!)

I know a number of other writers who have pasted their work into Grammarly only to find their work was plagiarised elsewhere.

This feature might also appeal to college students who are concerned about citing too heavily from their sources.

How Easy to Use is Grammarly?

If you can post on Facebook, you can use Grammarly Premium or the free version.

Thanks to the apps for Windows, Mac, the web and even mobile, it takes only a few minutes to make this grammar checker part of your writing workflow.

Here's my workflow.

  1. Write a draft in Scrivener or IA Writer
  2. Paste my draft into Grammarly Premium for Mac
  3. Self-edit based on Grammarly's feedback
  4. Send the draft to an editor if it's a longer piece of writing
  5. Publish

It takes me only a few minutes to check my articles, and there are no technical headaches.

 

Grammarly is a great grammar checker, here is the Grammarly Dashboard
Grammarly is a great grammar checker, here is the Grammarly Dashboard

Where to Use Grammarly

I will explain my workflow for the purposes of this Grammarly Review, but don't worry too much about what I do. Instead, focus on how you write!

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Some of the Grammarly apps I used for this Grammarly review

Grammarly works wherever you are: online or desktop.

It's even available on mobile devices.

You can use a number of different proofreading apps including:

  • Grammarly for MS Office
  • A Grammarly Chrome web app that works much like Google Docs
  • A Grammarly Chrome plugin (this is the easiest option for new users)
  • Grammarly for Mac
  • Grammarly for Windows
  • Grammarly for iOS
  • Grammarly for Android

Early in 2018, the Grammarly team also updated their apps for desktop, Mac, iOS and so on.

They also improved their user experience and added a number of additional features like writing insights and setting writing goals.

I don't use the Grammarly Microsoft Office plugin that much, as I use Scrivener and a number of other writing apps for almost all of my work.

Instead, I prefer finalising my writing elsewhere before pasting into Grammarly for a final check. However, if you write in Word, the Grammarly Word plugin is useful.

My preference is the Grammarly for Mac desktop app and also the Grammarly for Chrome web app. I also use the Grammarly Chrome plugin to check shorter pieces of writing, like emails and potentially embarrassing social media posts.

How Much Does Grammarly Cost?

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Grammarly pricing as of June 2018

You can also try Grammarly for free.

Sweet right?

Grammarly Free Vs Premium

This free version contains most of the features of Grammarly Premium apart from an advanced grammar checker, a plagiarism detector and some vocabulary enhancement suggestions.

In other words, the free version of Grammarly is ideal for writers and bloggers with a minimal budget for writing tools.

If you're wondering what do you get with Grammarly Premium, it provides detailed information about each of your grammar mistakes. It also provides additional writing insights and an ability to set writing goals. It also finds and fixes more mistakes than the free version.

You can take out a premium monthly, quarterly or annual subscription and claim discounts for each type of subscription. I currently pay for a quarterly premium subscription as this strikes me as a nice balance between affordability and managing my expenses.

If you want a 20% discount on top of these prices, I've negotiated this Grammarly discount for you.

How Accurate is Grammarly and How Can It Help Writers?

When you click on a grammar error in your writing, the grammar checker presents an explanation of the problem. All you have to do is click on the arrow to find out more.

It identifies possible solutions and explanations for your mistake.

Grammarly helped me identify:

  • Confused prepositions
  • Overuse of the passive voice
  • Wordy sentences
  • Repetitive words
  • Common writing and grammar mistakes like misplaced apostrophes
  • Spelling errors
  • Lengthy sentences to edit down

It gets better:

After using this grammar checker on several articles and book chapters, I found out I’ve a bad habit of ending sentences with prepositions.

I’m also guilty of using the occasional squinting modifier (pictured below).

Yes, these are finer points of grammar but knowing my bad habits helped me tune up my writing.

The built-in grammar checkers in Word, Scrivener and Pages didn’t provide me with this insight, and over the past few years this grammar checker has helped me improve my writing skills.

 

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Here you can see what happened when I put this post into Grammarly

 

The Grammarly knowledgebase of grammar errors

Grammarly vs. a Human Proofreader

You might be wondering:

Can Grammarly replace a human proofreader?

After writing this Grammarly review, my answer is no.

Grammarly overlooked several mistakes, particularly in my fiction. This may be (<— there’s a squinting modifier!) because my fiction is more difficult to understand than my non-fiction.

It doesn’t always provide the context or feedback that a human proofreader offers.

Now:

You can use the Grammarly dashboard to send your work to a human proofreader for USD.02 a word.

I didn’t test this feature as I work directly with an editor and a proofreader.

Whether or not you’re using Grammarly, take the time to either print out and proofread what you’ve written or give it to another person to check.

That means paying a professional proofreader if you’re writing a book.

By all means, rely on Grammarly for shorter pieces of writing.

How Effective is Grammarly for Proofreading English?

A number of non-english writers emailed me asking this question…

Readers of this post also left a number of comments below looking for more information.

Well…

I live an hour outside Dublin and British english is one my native languages (alongside Irish).

I sometimes write articles in British english. I also write in American English, depending on the website or blog audience.

There are subtle differences between both types of english.

I've sprouted a few grey hairs reading scanning early drafts looking for instances of “realise” and “realize” or “centre” and “center”…

So, I really value Grammarly's ability to proofread and grammar check documents for both types of english, and I use this feature often.

Still, you will need some understanding of english to use or write in Grammarly.

Here's the bottom line for non-english native speakers:

If English is your first language, Grammarly is a useful tool because it teaches the finer points of grammar.

Grammarly is still a good tool if English isn’t your first language or if you don’t write articles, blog posts or emails that often but…

Please remember, it's an aid for learning english grammar rather than a teacher of english.

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Who is Grammarly Good For?

Grammarly is useful for writers, bloggers and anyone who wants to draft an accurate email or social media post. It's also good if you don't write in english that often.

It will help you check for grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes faster. It will also help you self-edit your work by providing insights about your readability score, word-length and so on.

Grammarly Premium is useful for students who may have a batch of work they want to check. i.e. take out a subscription for a month, check your work and then cancel if you need to.

That said, be careful to check that you're not violating any rules and regulations set by your university or school.

For most types of writers, this grammar checker acts as another line of defence. You can use it to make sure your book, article or blog post is accurate and easy to read.

Should You Get Grammarly Premium?

If you've read this far into this Grammarly review, my answer is yes but…

If you're a writer on a budget, install the free Grammarly Chrome Plugin and test it for yourself.

(Don't worry, they also offer free plugins for other browsers.)

That's what I did!

I spent months using the free version without issue in 2015, before writing this Grammarly review.

That was over four years ago and I was a writer with almost no money to spend on his craft or on online proofreading tools.

Eventually, I paid for a three-month subscription to Grammarly Premium as I was writing a number of freelance articles and chapters for a book. I also had a modest budget to spend on tools.

Today, I still use Grammarly Premium to check early drafts of blog posts and articles and also to check book chapters for grammar mistakes.

I also rely on the Grammarly Chrome plugin to check my emails, posts for social media and so on.

It will help you check for grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes faster. You still need to take the time to learn the fundamentals of grammar.

That said online proofreading tools are great but…

I value an set of digital eyes on my writing, but I still work with human proof-readers, particularly for book chapters and longer articles.

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See How I Use Grammarly

Please let me know if you’ve questions about this Grammarly review or if you're considering using another grammar checker in the comments section below.

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What about Other Proofreading Tools?

After I published this Grammarly review, several people emailed me asking what about Whitesmoke and Ginger and how they compare to Grammarly? So in this video, I compare these tools against Grammarly and also against Word's inbuilt grammar checking tool.

Common questions about Grammarly

Is Grammarly safe?
According to the Grammarly privacy policy, you transmit writing to Grammarly’s servers over the internet. As a result, they can’t guarantee 100% security. In practice, it’s much like writing or sending a private email. Unless you're writing commercially or legally sensitive materials, you can use Grammarly without issue.

I’ve used Grammarly for over three years, and I’ve never had any issues with my documents or writing.

Can Grammarly be used in Word, Google Docs, Scrivener, etc.?
You can use Grammarly in many common writing applications directly. If a plugin isn’t available, I suggest downloading the desktop app and copying your writing across to check for grammar issues.

Can Grammarly check plagiarism?
Yes, Grammarly can identify issues in your work and also inform you if your writing was plagiarised elsewhere.

Will Grammarly work on a Mac?
Yes, I use Grammarly all the time on an iMac and MacBook Pro. I’ve also used Grammarly for iPhone.

How does Grammarly Premium work?
Grammarly Premium works by identifying additional grammar issues in your writing. These are sometimes a matter of style. It also provides more context behind your potential mistakes and is a useful tool for learning english and line-editing. If you’re unsure or on a tight budget, try the free version of Grammarly. I used this for a few months before upgrading.

What about Grammarly vs. Ginger, Grammarly vs. Whitesmoke, Grammarly vs. Prowriting aid?
Good question. I wrote a detailed comparison of the best grammar checkers

What is the Grammarly cancellation refund policy?
If you try Grammarly Premium and don’t like it, you can contact Grammarly support and get your money back without issue, within a ten-day period.

How can I get Grammarly Premium for free?
You can’t! However, the free version of Grammarly is useful so use that. When you’re ready or can afford to upgrade, I offer a Grammarly discount.

Is Grammarly a reliable grammar checker?
Grammarly helped me find and fix issues in my writing that Word missed (see the video). However, if you’re writing a book or a longer article, I recommend working with a human proofreader too.

Is Grammarly mobile friendly?
Yes, Grammarly offers apps for iPhone and Android.

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Grammarly Review 2018: The bottom line
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Grammarly Review 2018: The bottom line

Grammarly is a useful and affordable writing tool that belongs in your toolbox. It'll help you find and fix errors in your writing fast and it's easy to use too.

Pros

  • Excellent online grammar knowledgebase
  • Another line of defense for authors who self-publish, as well as bloggers and writers
  • Useful for non-native English speakers and new writers
  • You can switch between US and British english

Cons

  • Some writers may balk at paying $29.99 a month for a grammar checker
  • Not a replacement for a human proofreader or an education

234 thoughts on “Grammarly Review: Is This Grammar Checker Worth It?”

  1. Thanks Bryan, that’s a really useful review! I just signed up and installed the Chrome extension (in fact it has just attempted to correct this comment :)) I’ve heard of Grammarly before, but hate wasting time on new tools that are supposed to help and in the end just eat up your time. So it wasn’t until now that I decided to give it a go. Cheers!

          1. I was using Grammarly, and I loved it too. However, if you need to talk to a human regarding software issues, good luck! They only communicate with subscribers via email. My issues were complex, so the email channel did not work. I requested to speak to someone, but was unsuccessful. Loved the product, but will never purchase again due to the lack of customer service.

      1. I’m unimpressed with grammarly.com. Supposedly you type in text and it corrects all punctuation and grammar errors. I typed in the following sentence.

        Three people went to the party; Bob, Sally, and ________.

        I did this three times. In the blank I put me, myself, and I. In all three cases it reported no error in grammar.

  2. I recently self-published my second book. I was not aware of Grammarly until now. Thanks for sharing your review! You have a pleasant writing style that makes for easy reading.

  3. I’m thinking of purchasing it. Your review was very helpful. I like to write romance books but the one thing I dread is the editing process. I know I lack the detail needed and to be honest I can’t afford rounds of professional editing. I’m hoping this will assist me in my efforts.

    1. Yes, Grammarly is a good app. It’s not a replacement for a human editor but it will help you. You can always cancel your subscription later on when you’re finished using it.

  4. I’m about to make the plunge with Scrivener within the next few days though I know there are other tools that writers swear by including Grammarly. This might have to be my next investment. Thanks for the insightful review.

    1. Hi Jay,
      I recommend Scrivener if you’re writing anything more than 1,000 words. Grammarly is great too. I use it every week to check my work.

  5. Curious about getting Grammarly (paid version) to work with Scrivener (trial version). I know Grammarly has a plug-in for MS-Word – but is there something similar for Scrivener?

    Thanks,

    :dm

    1. Hi Dan,

      No there’s no plugin with Scrivener.

      I just copy the text from Scrivener into Grammarly and then make the changes in Scrivener directly.

  6. My experience with Grammarly has been horrible. I have a Windows machine, a Macintosh and an iPad. I have been able to log into the service from my Mac, but only using Firefox. I cannot log into the site using Safari on a Mac or on an iPad (support folks told me that Grammarly would not work on tablets – I would never have paid $140 for the service had I known that) and I can’t log on using my Windows machine at all, not via a browser or the Word 2013 plugin. The service simply will not accept my email address and password as correct.

    I have never received a single email message from the Grammarly support folks, even though the submission page states that an email will be sent within hours.

    My experience has been abysmal and I am going to ask for a refund today. I was able, from my Mac using Firefox to process a two page document. The service was good. But I can’t be tied to one machine.

    Clinton

    1. Sorry to hear that Clinton.

      I haven’t used Grammarly on a tablet as I write on desktops and laptops. I’ve used it to proof articles that are 2-3000 words long. I also proofed extracts from a book. I contacted Grammarly support before as a premium customer and they replied within 24 hours.

      Perhaps you could try After the Deadline?

    2. My experience is that Grammarly causes entire Youtube comments to dispensary when using specific copy/past keystrokes during typing.

      That said, I managed to a response from Grammarly regarding the issue though it doesn’t look as though they were able to identify the cause. And so I’m guessing it will take some time before this gets addressed properly.

      Other than that, the plug worked well in Chrome, though I couldn’t see myself paying that kind of money for the premium version personally. ie, I pay less for Photoshop CC than I would for the Premium version of Grammarly, and so I’m thinking these guys need to get their heads checked if they think Grammarly is even remotely worth this much money.

      Which leads me to my next rant.
      Why do companies insist on being stupid with software pricing when they could make far more money charging less and selling more copies – just doesn’t seem smart from what I can see

      1. America/British setting.

        I am currently trying Grammarly. To change US/UK English, you need to log-in on the Web interface and change it in the “Profile->America/British” tab.

        I haven’t paid for it yet, but as English (British version) is not my mother tongue, it will certainly prove to be a very useful tool indeed.

        Thanks for the review.

        Tony.

          1. Thank you Bryan for this article, I have been using this app for the past six months now and have decided to start paying for it.

            Also, I appreciate the helpful tip Tony, in being from New Zealand I also didn’t realise that there was the option to change the English settings, so many thanks for that.

            Kind regards,
            Danielle.

  7. Interesting and really useful article. There are lots of other tools out there, and the one I find the most helpful is StyleWriter.
    What’s to like? I set the style of the article or report (in effect, what audience I’m trying to convince) and it tells me how closely I match its “ideal” style for that audience. Sentence length, clarity or muddiness, long or short words, sticky words that slow down reading and redundant words that have no place, etc.
    It shows the results in some rather nice charts of sentence length, coloured so I can match them to the text (displayed with the text in the same colours).
    Considering how dated the interface looks (I bought StyleWriter in 2013 and it’s still on version 4) it’s still better than Grammarly.
    DECLARATION OF INTEREST – I’m a native English speaker with postgraduate degrees (in science not English), so perhaps my requirement is a little different from some of your readers.

    1. I have tried both Style Writer and Grammarly.
      Style Writer is trying to improve your style, Grammarly is checking your grammar and style (a little bit). So, of you are perfectly fluent in English, skip Grammarly and go for Style Writer.
      Style Writer works offline, an online connection is required for Grammarly.
      Style Writer integrates nicely with MS Word, Grammarly plugin caused all sorts of troubles for me, so I uninstalled it.
      Style Writer is quite expensive.

      1. I agree with the comment on the issue with Microsoft Word. I had major issues with that, and the fix that Grammarly support suggested didn’t work. Grammarly has some internal issues with ‘confused’ words as well. Ironically, when I sent in a support ticket about my issues with ‘confused prepositions,’ flagged ‘propositions’ as an error and suggested ‘propositions.’ Really?

  8. Hello Bryan,
    Let me start out by saying how touched I was that you addressed each and every comment. In a world that has changed so much in my lifetime that I hardly recognize it, I was impressed that you took the time. I am a baby boomer who has been downsized twice in the last year. During the first stint of unemployment, I exhausted my 401k and even had to sell all of my belongings in order to hold onto all I have left which is my good credit and my home. I have completed the job search drill already and with great sadness have come to realize that it is now the exception and not the rule for a company to even respond to you unless you are being SERIOUSLY considered for a position. Yes I realize that I may be competing with over 200 other applicants but I am mainly referring to being short listed as one of the last 10 or maybe even 3 candidates and it so saddens me that my thank you emails or requests for an update on the process will get completely ignored opposed to getting a response. I am 18 years away from being old enough to retire and I have already lost all that I just worked the last 20 years to obtain. I graduated from high school and have some college as well as recently obtaining my certification as a Microsoft Office Specialist and that doesn’t seem to make a difference on even getting interviews. I know I have areas of improvement and articulation is one of my desired areas of improvement as well as my writing skills. Back in the day, being a single income household meant you would be a very attractive candidate because you would be appreciative when obtaining a position and you would be diligent in your attendance and your work ethic would be impeccable. Now it is a HUGE deterrent to relay how desperately you need employment. I wish someone would explain all of this to me in a way I can understand it because it makes no sense whatsoever. I have my LinkedIn account polished and attached with my current resume and 4 excellent letters of reference and I was working on revising a powerpoint “introduction” presentation to attach to my LinkedIn account when I was researching grammarly and found your review. The ad I saw for grammarly states it is free which is the only reason I started researching as I am not in a position to pay for the app. I am sure you have figured out another one of my areas of opportunity is my wordiness (smile). I just wanted to stop by and say kudos for you for your efforts and IMHO it is your kind of caring and mentality that makes a huge impression (at least with people of my generation) vs the cold hardheartedness and down right lack of manners or consideration for our fellow human beings and I am sure you understand the business opportunities that follow as I have signed up for your free course and sorry to say I would not at this time to be in a position to pay for any services but I certainly can use all of the assistance I can get. Thank you in advance for your time and make it a great day !!!

    1. Hi Tammy,
      Nice to hear from you, and I’m sorry to hear about your troubles. Grammarly is a useful app but the free version is good too if you on a budget. There’s a great book called What Color Is Your Parachute? that might help you with your job hunt. This book helped me when I was looking for work a few years ago.

    2. Tammy, I just had to comment on your post. I am trying to decide if I want to get grammarly. I think I will try the free version and see how much I use grammarly. I love the feed back that I can get on my writing.
      I am so sad to see that you are having difficulty in finding employment. I am in the medical profession. Your post made me realize how lucky I am to have been drawn to medicine. We so rarely have any problem in finding a job that I have been insulated from these kinds of issues.
      You seem like a very upbeat kind of person and you are excellent in getting your point across. I would hire you!
      In spite of all the financial issues you still seem to convey a great amount of intestinal fortitude!
      (This is the first time I ever used those words)!
      I wish there was something I could do to help you. (My codependency)
      I can understand how you feel, being in the middle of your working life, at the top of your game and not able to find work! This just doesn’t make sense to me.
      I don’t know if I could maintain your positive attitude if I were in the same situation.
      I guess I just wanted to comment on your excellent writing skills and offer you my sincere hopes that your situation turns around soon.
      Rose

  9. I think that Grammarly is excellent. Even though I did not pay for the pro version, it is correcting my spelling right now. You do not need to pay 30 dollars a month for basic use. I would definitely get it. It offers more than G docs and Word.

  10. I noticed that Grammarly gave an incorrect suggestion in one of your screenshots. It stated, “Correct: On Tuesday, Janet told her brother she would by dinner.” Clearly, they meant to use the word buy, and I wonder why they didn’t catch that. Weird, do you think?

  11. Hi Bryan,
    Thanks for your review. I do believe that using this tool is really impressive. Few of my articles seems to have few grammer mistakes and I was not converting them into a perfect lead.

    When I started using grammerly, everything changed now. By the way, tool bar for word document is really cool and helps us with our comfort.

    Thanks for writing such great article.

    1. Yes, you can check your documents for plagiarized sentences. I didn’t test this part of the tool extensively in my review, although I do talk about it in the video above.

    1. HI,
      I’d recommend taking out the free version so you can see if the product is for you. You can always upgrade if is. Plus it’s easy enough to cancel if you change your mind.

  12. Very nice article. I would like to add some value. Recently I came across an information that Grammarly
    is not mobile friendly. I am in touch with their product support for the same.

    1. Bikes,
      Have you found out if grammarly isn’t mobile friendly? I practically do EVERYTHING on my mobile.
      If you have can you please let me know what you have found out?
      Thank you,
      Rose

  13. I am curious if you might compare Grammarly to Turnitin.com. So far I have used just Grammarly.

    I want my students to have a chance to correct their work and check for plagiarism before they turn in their essays. The last thing I want to do is play “gotcha.” Students are looking to the voice of others instead of trusting their own. Turnitin.com is quite expensive for a site license. I am wondering if Grammarly might help students stop plagiarizing.

    1. I’m not familiar with Turnitin.com but I’ll take a look. It’s worth pointing out that I use/rely on Grammarly for typos etc. rather than checking for plagiarism.

  14. As a 6th grade English teacher, would you recommend the use of grammar checker for my 150+ students before they turn in their essay? Consequently, could I use the basic version for grammar review when I check their papers for grammar? I understand the premium version has more advanced issues, but my students are not all ready for these advanced issues. I feel like this could be an extremely effective tool to use when evaluating students grammar.

    1. I’d recommend your students read the Elements of Style by Strunk and White! If that book is too difficult for 6th graders, try Eats Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss.

      Then with the basics down, they can use Grammarly to support their learnings. The free version works just fine for this, although the pro version goes into more detail about grammar rules and mistakes.

    2. Brody, I had to respond. Teachers, please don’t take any Grammarly suggestions as final comments on a student’s work. Many suggestions will be wrong, not a true grammar issue, or out of context. For a conversational article, the squinting modifier issue above is not an issue at all; it is just fine. The preposition issue is only really a big issue in the context of a research-heavy academic paper, rather than in creative writing. These are the things you need to understand yourself before using Grammarly as an editor from a correction standpoint. Many of their “wordiness” suggestions are irrelevant as an actual GRAMMAR issue; many of these just point to style, which is why that book is titled with the word, “style.”***** Your position is a very valuable one; you can lead students on or off-course, build their confidence in a subject, or destroy it when they hear conflicting messages. Please don’t just give that book to your students, but read it yourself and only take the most serious of Grammarly corrections into consideration BEFORE doing supporting research online to see if they are worth pointing out at all in the context of the work (or, to see if Grammarly got it wrong). THANK YOU.

  15. Hi! I am a research scholar from India. I write research papers in which i have to check plagirism. so i am looking for a cheap and best online plagirism software. as i have never used grammery’s plagirism feature so could you tell me more about it.

    1. Basically, you can cut and paste an article into Grammarly and run the plagiarism checker.

      It then checks your document by comparing it to other articles published around the web. After this check, Grammarly scores your work based on how original it reads, and it warns you if there’s a plagiarism issue. From what I can see, you can’t find the original sources via Grammarly though.

        1. While the website is not mobile friendly, Grammarly offers an iOS keyboard that makes corrections in the space above the actual keys. It is much easier than copying and pasting text into their webpage. I am using the free version, and I love it!

  16. Hi! I’d like to know more about the pricing of grammerly. it says that 29.98$ per month. how many paper s i would be able to check for plagirism in a month.

  17. Been looking into Grammarly and seeing different reviews like this one edumuch.com/grammarly-review/ and it seems like a great product and your review made me download the Chrome extension 🙂

    And so far I am loving it

  18. FYI under Pros you used the word “another” twice sequentially.. A minor typo I tend to make myself when I am typing and then am interrupted for any reason (even if it’s to go fix something else I saw as a mistake). Thanks for the interesting post.

  19. Thanks Bryan for the great review on Grammarly! I have been playing around with the Free Plan and like the simplicity of the interface but have been contimplating upgrading to the Premium Plan. I read many reviews on Grammarly but felt they were very general and were unable to help me address my dilemma. Your review is exceptional, points are very clear and I particularly like the additional touch with your video. Being able to see side-by-side comparison of the Free Plan vs. Premium Plan was just what I needed!

    THX James

  20. I absolutely recommend grammarly tool. Infact its a world best proofreading tool, i sincerely recommend to students , bloggers for anyone who want to give a professional look your english writing skills this tool is awesomely helpful, i am using right and the best part is we get a premium account for free if we recommend or invite the friends to join.

  21. Google Chrome offers Grammarly as a free plug-in. It’s not as advanced as the paid version, but is a great free resource tool for any writer (and far more superior than others I’ve tried). Worth giving it a go. I agree with the writer, why don’t they have US>UK?

  22. Such an wonderful review of Grammarly, Bryan. I really loved the way you wrote the pros and cons in the review. I also agree with you. Grammarly cannot change the human proofreader. But you can easily correct your blog post if English is not your first language. Grammarly also has an wonderful affiliate program. Bloggers can join it for free. You can earn 25$ just by advertising their banner. Thanks again for your wonderful review mate!

  23. Thanks for the review. I think I won’t sign up for it as the reason I read this review was to find out the very last thing in it – can it deal with grammar and spelling in UK (or New Zealand in my case, which is pretty much the same thing,) English. The answer to that turned out to be ‘no,’ so no sale here. (I’m guessing that grammar in USA English and UK English is a lot more similar than the spelling is, but still…)

    1. Dear Marcus,

      The current version of Grammarly allows the User to switch between American and British English. From the Chrome add-in, you click on the toolbar button and from that menu that appears choose “British English” from the “I write in” option.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,

      Eric

    1. Just open Extensions in the Windows Menu of Chrome and you should be able to see if it’s there or not. If it’s not, you can search for it in the Chrome store.

  24. This company ripped me off through my Paypay account. I bought a subscription a year ago and it was set up as reoccurring without my knowledge, I e-mailed subscriptions@grammarly.com and they ignored me. There is no way to talk to a person directly. This is a shady company with deceptive practices and I advise not to do business with them.

  25. I saw add one day, that said that grammarly very useful for students. What you are saying here, that it is developed for writers only?! However i decided to pay 30 $ to check my assessment and i almost failed it.english not m first language, but I’ve trusted this advertisement 🙁 in my assessment, as i read it after tutor hsve marked it, I’ve found lots of mistakes which ” grammarly” have corrected and changed ;( im disappointed! Why there is add for students if its not designed forv them?

    1. Hi Levelle,
      I wrote my review for new writers, but I’m sorry if it confused you. Grammarly will help you study different parts of the English language, but it’s not a replacement for a English lessons or a grammar book. I always recommend that you proof your work (or get it checked) too.

      1. it’s not a replacement for a English lessons or a grammar book.

        not quite …

        it’s not a replacement for English lessons …
        or
        it’s not a replacement for an English lesson …

        the “a” is incorrect!

    1. Yes, with the caveat that you should still print out and proof your work too. Grammarly has a plagarism checker which is handy if you’re worried that you’ve inadvertently borrowed too much from another source. Also, it has an ‘Academic’ mode which checks more formal language.

  26. Hello Bryan,
    Thank you for your detailed review. I have found myself to be in quite a knot and was wondering if you could help me out? I have a major learning disorder and haven’t been able to write properly because of it. I have major problems with punctuation, grammar, style, usage and mechanics. Growing up, I went to poor inner city schools that never taught me even the basic rules of punctuation. As a result, I grew up not knowing anything about sentence structure and punctuation. I ended up going to community college where I took an English learning support class. Eventhough the college didn’t deem it necessary for me to take the English learning support class because I passed the reading exam, hence, testing out of the learning support class, I took this learning support class anyway because I knew that I didn’t know how to write properly and needed the help in order to become a professional writer. After taking the learning support class, I learned that some of the punctuation rules that I’d been taught were wrong because my creative writing professir had told me so. I’ve since graduated community college and have written countless English papers and have studied the English language as best I know how, yet and still I can’t write a proper paper. A lot of my misunderstanding of punctuation has to do with my learning disorder and not knowing the propper english materials to study in order to learn how to properly punctuate my sentences and sentence structure. I’ve tried using the internet as a tool to research how to properly write and punctuate my sentnces, but I distrust it because anyone can post on the internet and the info not be correct. So I ended up asking my old creative writing professor could he recommend me a book on punctuation, grammar, usage and mechanics, and he obliged. He recommended ‘The Elements of Style’ by Strunk and White. I was excited to get the book and eager to learn, but I quickly recognized that the style the book had been written in was too ad advanced for me and often found myself rereading the text several times yet, still, not grasping the concept. It also appeared as if one had to already know certain English writing rules already in order to learn from the book. Needless to say, I didn’t learn anything from the book because I don’t have much of a foundation of the correct way to punctuate English. Heck, I can’t even recognized the difference between an adverb and an adjective. Yet, I want to become a professional writer of fiction. It’s the whole reason I went to school in the first place. I need a book that will teach me me punctuation, sentence structure, grammar, usage and mechanics plainly, so that I can properly build a foundation and go from there. I don’t need a book that is didficult to understand. I intend to purchase a grammarly subscription, but you said yourself that it’s no substitute for a human proofreader and that one needs to still be properly educated on how to write the English language. Can you please recommend a grammar book for me that will teach me how to properly punctuate my sentences that is not too advanced, so I can build a good foundation and work my way up to The Elements of Style? Thanks.

    1. HI Yolanda,
      Try reading:

      Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynn Truss

      It’s more accessible than the Elements of Style, but it’s still practical. I’d also recommend you try handwriting out some passages from writing you like. This will help you figure out the sentence structure and how the writer in question approaches grammar, syntax etc. You don’t need to learn all the technical terms for everything either, so don’t get too hung up on what makes for an adverb, adjective etc. In the end, you’ll learn most by just writing and then getting feedback about writing from others.

  27. Hi Bryan,

    Would you think is it worth to pay for Grammarly premium? I just buy a one year membership from Grammarly and found it doesn’t provide much improvement on grammar and spelling check out compared with their free version. I would like to know your opinion and experience. I still have one week to make a decision whether to get my money back. Thank you!

    Peng

    1. HI,
      I use Grammarly premium (I renew ever 3-6 months) as it has some advanced features like explaining mistakes and grammar issues. It also catches some additional errors which the basic version misses (useful for polishing your writing).

      You could always try for a month.

  28. What interests me is if Grammarly actually gives you better words for what you’ve written, almost like a thesaurus. I constantly use thesaurus.com and if I could do that less, it would be great. Thanks for your time! Cheers!

  29. Hello, I’m planing to take English 1301 in college. Ill be writing a few papers this sumester. Do you think I should use grammerly at all? Do you know how accurate it is for spelling and punctuation?

  30. Thank you my life saver!!! ; )

    There are so many reviews on the web about Grammerly and they only right good things about it but, you are really write honest review on it and that I rally like about you.

    English is not my native language so I make millions of mistakes in my 1000 words of essay so I’m looking for the grammerly which I heared from my blogger friends; but, before that I though to read some reviews and your review force me to think on it.

    If you are not so busy then please would you like to answer of my one question that is;Which tool gives me the better result? I want your suggestion.

    Please shoot me email on my ID. (If you get some time for that)

    Thank you! Keep blogging and guiding us….

    Sign off,
    Akshay.

    1. Hi Akshay,
      I’d recommend that you use Grammarly to check your work and teach you the fundamentals but you could supplement it by reading a few grammar books. If you’re publishing your work, I always recommend hiring and editor and proof-reader.

  31. Hi, I am from Taiwan and want to publish a book in english in the near future.
    is grammarly worth trying? for a writer like? who’s first language is not english.
    please share your thoughts. appreciate it!

    Compi

  32. Hi Bryan,

    Thanks for this detailed write-up. I have a few query on the safety of using Grammarly.

    I want to use Grammarly to proofread my chapters (on the verge of submitting my Ph.D. thesis). I haven’t yet gone for plagiarism check (will be using University’s TurnitIn once my thesis synopsis meeting gets over). My main worry is by using tools like Grammarly or Ginger, I don’t want to end up having my research work getting uploaded to public/private servers, inadvertently (which will severely impact my final plagiarism report).

    So my query to you is, does Grammarly saves the content that is being edited into its server for public/private use? and Is it safe to use for proofreading contents that will be tested for plagiarism later on via other tools?

    If possible, kindly clarify these doubts.

    Thanks in advance.

    Cheers!

    1. Hi Baali,
      This is from their privacy policy. Looks like you should download the app onto your computer if you’re worried:

      “When you use our Products, User Content you transmit will be stored on our servers, which are located in the United States. When you use the Software on your computing device, User Content you save will be stored locally on that device and sync with our servers.

      Please be aware that Personal Information and User Content submitted to Grammarly will be transferred to a data center in the United States. If you post or transfer any information to or through our Products, you are confirming your consent to such information, including Personal Information and User Content, being hosted and accessed in the United States.”

      1. Thank you so much for the prompt reply.

        The information that you’ve provided makes me want to think twice before going for software checks. Will try and find further information on this topic.

        Thanks again for the help!

  33. Hey Bryan,

    Thanks so much for writing this great review! I was on the fence about signing up for Grammarly, but your article convinced me, so I used your link. 🙂

    In the end, if it doesn’t work for me I do have seven days to cancel.

    Thanks again!

  34. I think the app is very useful but should only serve as a second pair of eyes. I would never trust it to spam enter with. With Word’s corrections, it only makes minor changes but this can change a sentences intent to something way different. It’s very far from perfect but it does fine.

  35. Hello, I was doing a research on plagiarism in published media and here are some thoughts of mine. The thing that always bothers me the most when using plagiarism checkers is: how well plagiarism software providers protect our, authors, PRIVACY. This is not about privacy of our personal data (name, address, etc), but actually the privacy of our intellectual work. Did you know that most plagiarism checkers (even the largest and most reputable ones) actually store every document you upload for a scan in their giant database. They actually make profit not only when you paid them for a package, but also when they fill their database for free using your very files. That is why, it is wiser to use those services that promise NOT to save your documents in their databases nor to publish your uploaded material anywhere. I feel most comfortable using this website plagiarismdetection.org. It is an overall excellent plagiarism checker plus they offer this privacy protection thing that should not be overlooked.

  36. I don't want to disclose

    I found it is very annoying how it keeps wanting me to upgrade and spend more. Also if you do not want to pay $360 a year for premium the app is not much better than word.

  37. Recently, I edited my articles without using any software and it seems like it was perfectly done. When I learned about this thing called Grammarly, installed the Chrome extension, I noticed a lot of errors on my writing, mostly the use of “a” and ‘the” in a sentence. I was amazed by my errors. It seems to be too helpful but every time I launch the editor, it keeps on saying that “checking is temporarily unavailable and blah blah blah. It si quite disturbing and it wasted a lot of my time. Is this because I was using a free service? If I go for subscription does it help?

  38. Hi , I am about to purchase a premium license but wondered if I would be able to use it on more than one computer? I have two laptops and one desktop with files on the cloud and it is crucial that I move seamlessly from one device to another. Has anyone any experience of this?
    Thanks!

  39. Hi,

    Great review of Grammarly shared by you. Really liked the review and This is my first comment on your blog and I want to be your daily visitor as I liked your blog.

    Thanks

  40. I enjoyed reading the start and the middle, but I am unconvinced about the conclusion. I was hoping for a more detailed conclusion ‘Grammarly isn’t essential for every writer’… I know that, but is it worth the money for a student writing articles?

    Appreciate the article for what it is, but an expanded conclusion, taking into account students and professionals may use this software.

    1. Hi Thomas,
      I get that students have less money to spend on services like Grammarly. So, you could always try the free version and see for yourself. Or you could buy the premium version for a month and then cancel when you’re done with it. You will still need to proof your work though.

  41. Hi Bryan,

    Thanks for this honest review. I am a non-native person and was signed up for a free Grammarly account to test it out. What I found that the free version isn’t much useful for me. I came across your post while I was researching for some reviews to see whether it is a good investment to make, especially, I feel that $29/month is little bit on the higher side.

  42. I normally write at least 6,000 words per week and use the free version of Grammarly. I like it, but, each piece still needs a set of human eyes as I catch errors that Grammarly & Word spellcheck both miss.

    I have waffled back & forth between upgrading to premium or using another program. This article has been very helpful. I at least recommend the free version as it corrects many errors that Word misses and helps cut down my editing time.

  43. Hi Bryan,

    I realize I’m late to the party but you should know that when I searched for “is Grammarly worth it?” your article was the first Google hit. So congrats on your über SEO!

    I wanted to comment, however, that there are some issues with the corrections for squinting modifier. Moving the modifier in most cases in these sentences gives a completely different meaning.

    So, for the first incorrect one (Janet told her brother on Tuesday she would buy dinner.), we understand that Janet will buy her brother dinner and that she told him this on Tuesday. There is no mention of the date of this dinner. But in the first correction (Janet told her brother she would buy dinner on Tuesday.), we do not know what day she made this pronouncement to her brother but the dinner itself will be on Tuesday.

    The second correction in the first example, in an unintentionally funny mistake, changed “buy” to “by.” That sentence would have been the best correction as it’s less clunky and awkward that the original way of writing the sentence but the ridiculous typo would get you a teacher’s red pen so fast your head would spin. I’m hoping that you typed these sentences instead of copying/pasting from Grammarly. You can be forgiven for a typo if you are having to concentrate on content and formattting for your blog. However, I’d recommend going into that sidebar box and fixing that typo if you can so that people (like me!) don’t fixate on it.

    In the second example (Stating the expectations clearly will increase productivity.), since adverbs modify verbs and the reader expects that the author’s intention is to modify the verb closest to the adverb, even if that isn’t a hard and fast grammar rule. So we’ve got a sentence that guarantees an increase in productivity if one just states expectations, whether clearly or opaquely or anywhere else in between.

    Of the two corrected sentences, the second one (Stating the expectations will clearly increase productivity.), matches the original sentence’s meaning. But my guess as a critical reader is that the author actually meant what’s said in the first correction (Clearly stating the expectations will increase productivity.); that the expectations, if they are expressed clearly, will increase productivity.

    If these are accurate examples of what Grammarly has to offer, I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone. If the writer doesn’t have a firm grasp of (American ) English grammar, they won’t know that the supposed “correct” sentences have the capacity to make things worse. And English grammar is difficult enough without the app confusing the issue.

  44. On Grammarly staff:

    I have the same unfortunate experience with Grammarly as Will Green.
    To take one’s money (and it’s really costly for what it does) and renew automatically? Absurd!
    I am paying for my second year without ever hearing from anyone from the company after my subscription somehow renewed itself without my knowledge or wishes.
    Hundreds of emails. No response. My money is not a penny found on the street.
    I am still waiting but I suppose I’m a victim of a serious scam, so…
    No point in blaming anyone, these are the risks of purchasing stuff online.
    (But I hoped for the better.)

    Why I purchased it:

    After using a free version for some time, I decided it just might be slightly better than Word spell checker so I decided to go premium. It was good, but it isn’t worth what it costs, definitely.
    Future subscribers, don’t forget, this is just a tool – you still need to know the language.
    You need to know it well, whether a native or non-native speaker.

    E.g. – I relied upon the switch option for British and US English because I need both for separate documents, but hey – it switches on its own, so I’m just happy I didn’t forget to double-check everything as I used to, before subscribing to Grammarly.

    I never let my kid use it because it sometimes underlines perfectly proper words and offers ridiculous solutions. (Once again – you have to double check everything, for that money, I’ll do it myself, with the help of dictionaries and Google, if necessary – that’s for free, along with various style guides for various types of documents I might need).

    Overall:

    Without regard to scamming, Grammarly is similar to any of the spell checking/style-improving tools (WhiteSmoke, for example – another overpriced tool that won’t allow you work on two of your own computers, but insist that you buy two licenses – “Oh, don’t worry, the second one will only cost $99…”)

    And Brian, I would appreciate if you don’t dissect my comment to show how Grammarly is a necessity.
    It is transparent. And I haven’t used it, so that’s my admission of guilt.

    I would be the first to recommend it if I only didn’t pay a year and end up paying for who knows how many before I manage to unsubscribe. (Perhaps a different bank account, name and similar easy-to-change details).

    Overall, it’s good, but if you rely on Word spell checker 🙂 you definitely don’t need Grammarly.

    Best regards!

    1. Sorry to hear you had problems with Grammarly Penny. I left your comment as is… don’t worry. I’ve cancelled and renewed Grammarly myself in the past, they have a ticket system if you have problems. Anyway, thanks for posting your feedback.

  45. As an international student, I will take and use any tool to improve my writing. I had subscription with Grammarly for a year and I noticed I didn’t use it that much and most of my mistake was simple punctuation and little grammar mistake. My issue with them is they didn’t allow me to use the free version, they always show the upgrade page and ask me to pay for the premium. Be aware if you don’t want to renew the subscription to cancel your payment other waise, they will charge you again automatically without notice!

  46. Hello fellow people. I would just like to inform you that I was writing an essay for school, I went to see hoe much the premium would cost and when I went back to the home page everything was deleted. It is a great tool, but I do recommend that you write in Word, Pages, or Drive then enter it into Grammarly and check it.

  47. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say superb blog! eedefadceefckgfd

  48. Hi Bryan, I’m a non-native English speaker and I’m using Grammarly premium version for three months, quarterly subscription. This tool is very useful for me but it’s expensive.

    I’m looking for another similar tool cheaper than Grammarly. If you know any other tool which can replace Grammarly, please suggest me. Thank You

  49. Hi , very nice review. I my case i am not a writer an neither an english native speaker. I was considering to use Gramarly for my job as I need to send lots of short emails on my daily basis and I am always uncertain if they have a grammar mistake. Also will appreciate not spending time and effort in that process.
    Will you advice to purchase it for that use?
    Thanks

  50. To be completely honest here, I am good with grammar since I have been writing daily for more than a couple of years now. Just came across this site grammarly and even after reading your review I am confused if I should start using it or not.. I usually use MS office to check my grammar and would you say grammarly is better than that? And how would you rate both of them out of 10? Please reply asap, I am on the edge of buying grammarly..

    Thanks,
    Preetam

  51. Hi there,

    I got into a critical situation while presenting a technical document to an executive forum. Grammarly helps me to give the counter reference on the correction point of view. The tool itself brilliant, it saved me.

    Regards, Ak

  52. Being a writer it is very difficult for me to check all the minor mistakes as it is very time-consuming. But then I came to know about Grammarly and it really helped me in saving a lot of my time.
    Thanks for this wonderful review.

  53. Hi,

    I have been using Grammarly since a year and I must say it is one of the best tools ever made for writers. It cuts the hard word to half. The plagiarism checker is amazing, it can detect slightest of copied content.

    Thanks for reviewing it. 🙂

  54. Honestly, having Grammarly subscription for $12 a month is not worth it. It is not worth because it makes you reliant, therefore, hesitant to check yourself in terms of knowing your grammar. I would prefer reading out loud to myself so I can really hear what am I reading. That makes me more aware of my grammar because I tend to correct my writing when I read it over.
    Hope it is helpful

  55. Many good points, although I will tell you that after using Grammarly for a couple of months, I ended up uninstalling it for the following reasons. First, it’s not a good fit if you’re writing for trade-specific copy. For instance, I’ve found it is a major issue if you are involved in construction trades. It was constantly flagging ‘confused prepositions’ with ‘on.’ However, you can’t put siding IN a house, and a roof doesn’t go IN a house, nor does paint go IN walls. I also blog for a massage school, and it consistently flagged ‘massage’ as the wrong word and suggested ‘message’ instead. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a therapeutic ‘message.’ Also, if you have formatted a portion of text with bold face, italic, or underline, it removes the formatting when it flags a word or phrase. You can’t just ‘ignore’; you have to go back in and re-format the text. Plus they will only refund after 7 days, which I don’t feel is a near long enough period to give it a valid test. I agree with your issue with support. They do not accept screen shots – you have to copy and paste any text you’re having an issue with, so know that ahead of time. Once you’ve ignored the issue or revised it, you’ve lost what you would need to submit to them. A final issue I’ve had is that Grammarly’s algorithms can’t seem to differentiate between complex sentence clauses and parenthetical expressions. It consistently flagged commas in parenthetical expressions as unnecessary in a complex sentence.
    Grammarly gets a thumbs down from me.

  56. I was wondering if I should upgrade to a premium service but want to check this service could check for any mistakes with below sentences.

    He said the banking regulator would use “various tools available to us” to cool the market if need, which would add to its 10 percent annual growth cap on bank investment lending, unveiled in 2014.

  57. I am curious. Why not use the Microsoft Grammar check in Word and Outlook for proofing?

    Is grammarly primarily a convenience tool that when responding to comment sections in blogs, social media posts, or other non regulated microsoft apps the proofing ability is available? I am curious how to politely request this app from my big brother IT comrades.

    Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks, Jason

  58. I’m a current premium user, and I’m very disappointed with Grammarly.

    My primary computer is a Mac, where I use MS-Word, Slack (web), WhatsApp (web), and Google Docs. *NONE* of them are supported by Grammarly! The suggested alternative on their website is using the Grammarly’s Editor. Seriously???

    I can’t ask for a refund because the trial period is expired. However, I won’t renew my license.

    So, don’t make the same mistake I did by just assuming that Grammarly will support all major applications and Operating Systems. If you want to use it, dig a little bit more about the “Cons” not mentioned in this article before you decide if it’s the right tool for you.

    Good luck!

  59. Bryan Collins, my name is Regina Mullins, and I attend Saint Leo University; I used Grammarly to write a paper for my lecture class. After checking my paper through Grammarly and found no plagiarism, I then submitted my paper to the campus database call Turnitin. My instructor reported me to the Academic Honor Society saying I plagiarize my paper. I am waiting on my hearing to go in front of the board to defend myself. What is the different between Grammarly not finding any Plagiarism and Turnitin finding it? When I look up information about Turnitin, it states Turnitin does not detect plagiarism. Turnitin just finds text that matches other sources in the vast Turnitin databases and shows those matches. It is up to a human being to determine whether those text matches are a problem or not. Please tell me what that means and what I need to do. Hope to hear back from you before my hearing.

  60. I teach English as a foreign language. Two of my intermediate students were using Grammarly and was particularly happy with it. I thought I should try it out to see how non-natives could use it. I ran many intermediate level texts through it and the recommendations made each text significantly worse.

    1. Grammarly cannot spot missing main verbs in relative clauses.
    2. It recommends changes to punctuation and prepositions which change the intended meaning.
    3. It misses around half of all missing articles.
    4. Its alternative word recommendations are mostly inappropriate.
    5. It cannot identify incorrect tense choice.
    6. It misses typos.
    7. It incorrectly identifies passive verb constructions.

    I could go on. Grammarly is a trap for non-native students who are not advanced enough to see how limited it is. I have watched an intermediate student try to use it and she was completely at sea.

    Grammarly is in practice still experimental and its marketing claims fall far short of the expensive reality.

  61. Hi, Bryan.

    It is a really very honest review. Thanks a lot to share with people like me who are investing a lot of money to others just to proofread their content.
    I appreciate your work dear. Thank You.

  62. Is really Grammarly works as you mentioned above?

    Just WOW! I’m much surprised after reading this article about Grammarly.

    Thanks a ton dear.

    God Bless You!

  63. Hello!

    I have just discovered this tool right now! I am so interested in know more about it! Please, if I make a signature, can I give up anytime or it will depend on the plan I did? For example, if I chose the annual one, can I give up before this deadline?

    Thanks!

  64. Dependable enough, I also getting the benefits of Grammarly! Never tested such software. Grammarly one of the useful tools for the blogger as well as others.It’s really easy and very efficient. I already have Grammarly premium account and believe me; it thoughtfully makes my life a lot smoother; it has shown to be very powerful for me, and I am damn satisfied with the tool as it supporting me to fix errors while writing the blog pages.

    Grammarly’s plagiarism checker is very beneficial when you are writing authorized papers or dissertation. It improves a lot of my writings. The only difficulty which I encounter with Grammarly is that it follows passive voice within any kind of content as a wrong form of content writing; which is actually not correct.

    Overall if you require saving hours of proofreading, then this excellent tool is made for you. Even you don’t want to be bothered with any grammatical mistake whether it is punctuation and even notifies you of double space between two words. It would actually fix all my spellings and encourages me a lot, in writing a higher post. It not only benefits in blogging but also checks properly when you are commenting online or typing any email etc. So you may nevermore make at least a spelling mistake.

    Anyways, it’s very important your post and recommendations.

  65. I find Grammarly to be quite good and helpful. The one area where its not helpful is when I am processing invoices using PayPal, then Grammarly interferes and causes the invoice to stall. Since I am on a Mac, I get the spiring colour ball that shows that the invoice has locked up forcing me to quite and restart PayPal. That is a pain. Forced me to give up writing invoices and then just start using “ask for cash” instead, which is less than professional.

  66. From your article: “I didn’t use this the Grammarly Microsoft Office plugin…”

    Whatever software you used while writing this article did not catch the “this the” used in the above quoted sentence. As far as I know, you only need one of those words (but I’m not using an auto-checker 😉

  67. Great piece! I’m a writer and really like Grammarly. However, I am an AP Style writer, which means a lot of the corrections I get are not aligned to Associated Press. Grammarly is a bit old-school correcting preps at the end of sentences and passive voice when, in fact, is needed. Also, all the typos you make while writing comments across social media are quantified in your weekly stats. I find that quite funny and really inaccurate. Definitely worth the expense but you still need the human touch and professional perusal.

  68. Hi! Bryan.

    I have privacy concerns regarding Grammarly, since one of the authors/owners of the software is Russian, that everything I write could be read by someone who has no need to read it.

    Any thoughts or info regarding privacy using Grammarly.

  69. Amir Najam Sethit

    Grammarly is one of the best application for the grammar checker. I am also a content writer, and I use this tool for checking my grammar. Thank you for sharing this post.

  70. Davi Paul Matthews

    I am a huge fan of Grammarly. I started using it when I went back to school for English due to my writing being less than stellar. Is it perfect, by no means. I do recommend it everywhere I go. -DM

  71. Grammarly is overpriced. Has a use for professional writers. Companies are trying to milk people with software fees. You can go broke on basic software these days. Irritating company.

  72. Grammarly is bad. It misees so much. It is a waste of money. I am a professor who has published research articles. Learn English and you will be fine.

  73. I’ve been using the free version of Grammarly with Word 2016 on a SciFi novel manuscript several hours a day for about two weeks. What I am finding is that the Grammarly plug-in finds a lot of ‘false positive’ issues. The ratio is about 9:1 false to real issues. These take a lot of time to look at and ignore. Overall, Grammarly does find enough real issues in my writing that it is worth the time it takes. One major problem I’ve encountered is that Grammarly does not play well with large Word documents. Their support team confirmed this and they are trying to resolve the issues. The manuscript I’ve been checking is 250,000 words. I’ve had to work with 30-50 pages at a time. I copy a section and then paste that into a new document and run Grammarly. From what I’ve discovered, I would not pay anywhere near $29 a month for this app. I have not used the subscription version yet. On a typical 40-page section of my manuscript, Grammarly might say there are 55 issues in the red oval. In the blue oval, it might list 250 issues. I would think that the false to real issues in the subscription version would also be 9:1 and I’d be spending all day checking 40 pages

  74. My objections to using Grammarly have to do with the cumbersome workflow. There is no native support for OS X (Mac) applications such as Apple Mail or Scrivener. The OSX Grammarly application is nothing more than another window where you can copy/paste content to be checked. It is certainly sub-par as a primary tool in which to do the bulk of your writing. I find it difficult to accept the suggestion that cut/paste passes for acceptable workflow or application integration in 2017.

    As a Canadian, I am also frustrated by the US/UK English limitation. There is no support for Canadian English. Adding Canadian spellings to the custom dictionary isn’t much help. My writing triggers an endless chain of false error messages and fails to catch if I accidentally use a US spelling. I have tried both US and UK settings, and I’m not sure which one I find least annoying.

    Grammarly has helped to clean up some of my most egregious writing habits, but given the above, I’m unlikely to re-subscribe.

  75. Very good review. Our Institute is using. A motivational tool for those have skill and talent to write but hesitate to write in english because of rural background and schooling in regional language.

  76. I am very disappointed. It will not do more that if I just review my own document. Very hard to get the money back and there is no customer support other than by e-mail. I was not able to get a refund. Please try the free version before you invest in this product.

  77. I find it ironic that no one anywhere has ever once mentioned the fact that the very name of this grammar checking program, Grammarly, is grammatically invalid, incorrect, and non-existent! Would leave your car for repairs at a brake shop that advertised “Break Jobs for Free”? No, I don’t know of anyone that would be willing to trust their lives to someone who
    A: can’t spell their own profession, and
    B: maintains a service garage with no income
    I would be more inclined to believe that the advertisement means that he will break your car free of charge.
    So, why do so many people ignore the fact that a grammar correction program can’t even employ proper grammar for its own title? Even the spell checker here on this site has it flagged as a misspelled word!
    How has today’s technology been so effective in undermining a basic elementary school education? Is it so difficult for someone to actually pick up and familiarize themselves with an actual Dictionary of the English Language? No, here it is in a nutshell; laziness sells, especially when it’s offered for free!

  78. For the time being humans are safe, when a machine is able to detect typos like a human I’ll feel uneasy.
    Grammarly is a superb tool, but, you have to be aware that it’s still not 100% perfect. Their algorithm is continuously being updated to meet the demands of the user. I use it a lot because I type fast and leave letters out and commas sometimes so it saves me the time of checking one word at a time.

    I send feedback every time I come across some incoherence or something Grammarly is not phrasing correctly.
    All said, it works and does a good job, it helps if you are fluent in the language to use it for more professional purposes.
    Students and online bloggers will find it immensely helpful.
    The price is a bit high, I agree it should be more accessible, but there again as things go, I’ve tried them all and Grammarly is at the head of the cue.

    Always get someone else to check it if you are putting your neck on the line.
    Other than that I give it an all thumbs up.

    Thanks for the review, it was both interesting and educational.
    Regards,
    Nick Robinson

    1. Hi Nick,
      Thanks for your comment.
      When you said you have “tried them all” Which ones have you tried specifically?
      I’m still paying for Grammarly (yearly plan) but I regret my decision.
      Have you ever tried Antidote?

  79. I had heard lots of positive reviews about Grammarly, but I’m sad to report I don’t like it. At all.

    If you’re just looking for a spell-checker, you can get that for fee. If you’re looking for a better piece of software, I’d recommend Antidote

    I’ve used it for French for years. They now have an English version. Much better-and cheaper over the long run – than Grammarly.

    Full disclosure: I am not affiliated with either company, but I did ask Grammarly to reimburse me and they refused. I had passed the 7-day free deadline (my bad), so I asked them to pro-rate the reimbursement. I had paid for the yearly plan. Sounded fair to me. They refused.

    Grammarly does not walk the talk and in my opinion the company has no respect for its customers.

  80. I have been using Grammarly for more than a year and I am finding it so useful. I don’t say that Grammarly will help you create an extra ordinary piece of content, but will help you find silly spelling mistakes and basic grammatical mistakes, so that our content looks good.

  81. I have used the free version for ages. It was great, because it was free and I didn’t have that much expectations. However, I have been always wondering what all those critical errors were. obviously I needed to pay to see them.

    Now I paid for the premium version for my thesis and guess what. All those critical errors was showing up because of using passive sentences? Oh really? Plagiarism check is not always successful and searches only in the web. I don’t know, it does’t worth it. Buy Netflix + Spotify + and a game from Steam every month instead of paying 30 dollars for this tool.

  82. I didn’t have a good experience with Grammarly. Grammarly found 64 ‘Critical Errors’ in my PhD proposal. After Paying £100 for the full version I checked my document with the Premium Grammarly Version. To my astonishment, all of the 64 errors weren’t actual mistakes. 16 ‘critical mistakes’ were from quotes from Academic papers and published books which contained no errors.

    I am claiming a full refund now.

  83. I have a quick question if I only need Grammarly for my exam for one day which one of the Grammarly premium should I chose and how do I cancel it after my exam??

  84. HI Bryan,

    Nice article .. very interesting.

    I am considering getting the Pro version to evaluate, and hopefully use with a dyslexic author group I run. Only 2 things bother me. 1, will it cope with documents of 30,000 words plus? 2, can it cope with the writhing styles of novice, dyslexic writers?

    If it does I can see several in my group going for it.. even with the £100 price tag.

    Or is there a better / cheaper software option?

    Thanks John

    1. Hi,
      For your first question, it won’t support a bulk upload of that many words. I’d suggest uploading individual chapters. That is more manageable to edit too.

      For your second question, it will help you and other writers fix many common issues. I’d still recommend working with a proofreader for a book though.

  85. Despite my appreciation of Grammarly, I’m always hesitant regarding extension installations. Your positive testimony for Grammarly removed these concerns.

    Side Note: I appreciated the unintended irony found in the “Squinting modifier” image. Correct: On Tuesday, Janet told her brother she would by dinner. A for modifier clarification. D for spelling.

  86. Hi Bryan.

    Thank you for your article.

    Does Grammarly Pro propose changes, or just point out errors? For example, I want to change the passive in to active verb in this sentence, will it make a suggestion:

    “He was advised about of the rules of the game. ”

    Many thanks.

    1. It proposes some changes, but you’ll need to interpret them. I put that sentence into Grammarly and it said:

      “Passive voice
      This sentence appears to be written in the passive voice. Consider writing in the active voice.”

  87. I have Grammarly, and it helps a lot, but I wish it would work on Google Docs. That’s where I and other peers would need and use it most. I know you can’t do much about that, but i just wanted to mention it.

  88. I use the Grammarly to edit my writings but I always get feedback from my professors for errors in grammar mistakes. Please do I have to purchase extra human proofreading to double check my work? I need to submit my work but I know it might contain possible errors after correcting it with grammarly

  89. I was wondering if subscribing to a premium account for grammarly would be useful in legal writing, especially in a country that is very conservative (we love legalese)?

  90. Hi

    I’m an academic proofing the final draft of my third 100,000 word monograph. I’m also quite strongly dyslexic, so I’ve always found writing, especially the first draft or two, very laborious and difficult but I enjoy the challenge.

    I use a voice recognition programme “Dragon Naturally Speaking” which is an excellent drafting tool as it enables me to get text quickly down on paper. The programme has a brilliant “read back” function which forces one to look carefully at every single word as the text is being read out. This process is invaluable in helping one pick up minor spelling and grammatical errors.

    I’ll be interested to see what feedback Grammarly provides. I strongly agree that a basic grasp of grammar and punctuation is essential. Many simple, concise guides are available on the Web.

  91. John Samuel Ingram

    There is an error in the article in the ease of use section: “similar to the Word” I belive that it should be similar to word, as “Word” in this case is a proper noun and not just the word “word”. Good article though!

  92. Thank you for the review!
    Yes, I am non-native English speaker/writer. I always struggle with ‘should I just write in my own native language or should I challenge myself to write in English?’

    I have been using Grammarly for a while, always on the free version. I help me spot some spelling errors (actually, a lot of spelling error), usage of tense (but I find it will not tell me past tense, always give me present tense. While I thought writing – fiction, usually use past tense more? But anyway, that’s more of a side question for myself).

    Free version would be a lot of help already, but I just always wondering should I paid it and clear all my doubt in writing, eventually, maybe improve a little. Since I have no one to check for my work, and I wish at least when I post up on social media/website for writer (writing fanfiction for example), I have more confident that people find the work is…understandable…

    Spending money for a tool seems to be…too much? If I cannot really tell the investment worth it or not. So I keep checking on reviews, while continue to use free version. Today, when I come across to your review (I just somehow wonder back to the question – should I try to buy the premium or not), then I found the depth of your review really help a lot!

    It gives me a much clearer view of what I can expect to get from premium. AND, the idea of really self-improve writing skill is just to sweet to resist – SO, I just go ahead to subscript. Ah hahah, expecting to have bill in later with a oooooops, money flies. But cross finger for “Money flies in good way!”

    So yeah, thanks for writing this review, it does help!

    Sorry for long comment here btw…

  93. Can I switch it off? I downloaded Grammarly before, but got I got so irritated when it corrected things I did not want corrected – texts, emails and direct speech as spoken by characters in my novel, that I removed it! Should I give it a second chance?

  94. I have used both the Free and Premium versions of Grammarly. I think it is a useful grammar and spell checking tool.It has helped me improve my writing.The downside of it all is the price. Grammarly should consider reducing their prices a bit for newbies.

  95. Hi Bryan, I was thinking about investing in Grammarly’s Premium version, and what you’ve said so far has reinforced my possible decision in doing so. However, I am currently on a scholarship hunt; and as you probably already know, a lot of them require essays including research papers. So my question is, does Grammarly offer a plagiarism detection?

  96. I use Grammarly for my blog posts. I actually write my posts on the Grammarly website itself before I copy it over to my blog. I find that it finds more issues than Word does, plus I often will start writing on one computer and finish on another. It also doesn’t autochange things like Words does, which was very annoying.

  97. For such an expensive product, they should step up their game and have true Word integration on the Mac side and with Google Docs. I can’t tell you how irritating it is to lose all formatting when pasting a document in their editor then have to manually go back and fix stuff. I’m a premium subscriber for a team of 10. If they don’t fix it within the next year, I won’t be renewing.

  98. Artūras Januškevičius

    Very easy to use, helps a lot for keeping professional writing when needed. Although could be a variety of languages. I would benefit much more for everyone.

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