A few weeks back, I was contacted by Nikolas Baron to see if I would like to try out “Grammarly”, an online grammar check. He offered me a small gift if I would check it out and blog about it. Of course I wanted to use it a bit so that I could give an honest review.
Grammarly is located at http://www.grammarly.com. It “catches” over 250 grammatical mistakes and also has an online plagiarism check (wish I had that when I was teaching college!). I put a few different items into Grammarly (you cut and paste your doc onto the screen) to see what would happen. A blog post came up as having pronoun usage (“you”) and sentence fragments, among other things. That’s true, as my posts are chatty and certainly not formal. A report I was writing for “real work” came up as verbose (moi?!) with lengthy sentences. That sounds about right. When I get technical, I’m the queen of the semi-colon. I clicked on the plagiarism check to see what would happen (with my blog post) and it immediately hit on my website as a match. I was impressed with the speed of it!
Grammarly is running a contest for a clever response to “I use Grammarly’s plagiarism checker because…” Of course cleverness is not my strong suit (though I will admit to being occasionally humorous), however, I would say that I used Grammarly’s plagiarism check to make sure that I (and no one else!) was sounding like myself that day!
I got a free trial to Grammarly, and you can, too. According to the website, you can try it free for 7 days. Then the cost varies, with the best deal being if you sign up for a year ($139.95).
If you do a lot of writing, and grammar is important to you (and it should be), then you should check out Grammarly. It’s more complete than any grammar check I’ve used, has an easy format, and it’s user-friendly.
Thanks, Nick, for having me try it out!
Grammarly — at http://www.grammarly.com