Grammarly: Automated Proofreading For Writers

Grammarly is a SaaS ( software as a service ) platform that helps users write in a more professional and grammatically correct manner. Grammarly is available in both a limited free version as well as a paid version that costs approximately $11.66 per month when paid annually.

Grammarly is more than just your average spell checker. The light version runs through 150 checks while the premium version runs through over 250 different points looking for spelling and gramatical mistakes. Addons are available on most common web browsers. The addon is able to make suggestions on the fly as opposed to being run post-writing.

In addition to the browser addons and native web app, Grammarly is also available as a standalone OSX and Windows application.

Although the developers don’t outline all 250 points, we do know that the service looks at grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and even writing style. It is capable of helping anyone from students to business professionals. Grammarly states that 99% of students surveyed were able to better their grade in writing classes.

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  1. 12 $? I mean OK, it looks like they are better than Office. Quite a few reviews there and it looks legit but just how on earth can they be asking 12$ for just a grammar check? Professionals, sure. But students who have problems cashing out for Office itself which is pretty cheap..Think it shouldn’t cost more than 5$

      • Hey Vince,thanks for your reply!This does not really apply to me. School days are over for me and at the age of 33 and 10 year experience in mobile handset distribution and repair business in Ireland I know for a fact that people are unwilling to pay even 5 Euro/$ for an app they enjoy and use every day.Am not trying to say that the app developers don’t deserve it but they need to face the reality. Got a few colleagues that work&study and have no real problem cashing out 12$ for an app but they simply wouldn’t as all of them pay monthly for their 365 subscriptions. Let’s be honest, Office is a must and I would hardly believe that it’s grammar correction is inferior enough for people having the need to pay for an external app to check their grammar. I see the future of this company in being bought by Microsoft and being implemented into Office and this may happen once they lower their price enough so that there will be an interesting number of people using it.

        • Hey Igor. Happy to reply, I appreciate the conversation! I can understand your reasoning behind your thought process. On the flip-side of the office scenario I have noticed more and more schools adopting the use of Google Apps as opposed to MS Office. I suppose us being in difference sectors and different parts of the world makes a difference. I hadn’t thought about MS purchasing Grammarly and integrating it into Office; that is definitely a possibility. I could also see Google doing the same. Interesting thoughts!

  2. Vince, looks like a nice service. But, I think I have identified an unforeseen consequence of this. The example I would like to use is this: Yesterday, my wife received a Voicemail in the form of an automated computer voice, claiming to be from the IRS. She shared the voicemail with me, and I was able to determine with 99.99% certainty that it was fraud. How? Firstly, we had no reason to believe we did anything wrong to begin with, secondly, the obvious grammatical error in the message, the voicemail used the sentence “You had tried to do a fraud to the IRS.” Even with these types of obvious grammatical errors, scam artists manage to defraud millions of people each year. Now, imagine this tool in the hands of some scam artists. If I get the same voicemail now, without the obvious grammatical errors, and I start to only be maybe 70% certain. Maybe the IRS has my wife mixed up with someone else with the same name? Instead of wasting 30 seconds of my time listening to the voicemail, I am now calling the IRS and wasting hours on hold etc, trying to investigate and achieve 99.99% certainty that nothing with the all powerful state is amiss. The advancement of technology and AI, text to speech, etc is grate, until it gets into the wrong hands. Not to say that we shouldn’t have them, but we do need to start thinking about these types of problems, and how we will address them.

    • Hey Chris,

      Unfortunately with crooks being crooks there will always be crooks. I’ve talked to three people this week who were on the receiving end of the “this is Microsoft your computer has been sending us signals.. for $150 we can log in and fix it” scam. You’re right. The advancement of text to speech and AI is great but in the wrong hands it can help those who intend to do bad.

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