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Worth it…Tuesday?: Grammarly

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I know, I know, it isn’t Wednesday. How can I do a Worth it Wednesday on a Tuesday? Simple, I’m the boss. 🙂

The real reason I wanted to do it today is because it is National Proof Reading Day. It just seemed perfect to do my review of Grammarly today!Grammarly Writing Support

Grammarly is like an ultimate proofreader. I use it as an extension on Chrome. Basically, it reads everything you write. Everything. It then tells you if your spelling is wrong, you are missing a comma (or need to delete one), etc. I like to think I’m a pretty good writer until I see all the awesome red and green lines all over my writing, correcting me.

For example, I added a comma after writer in the above sentence. This is what it looks like with Grammarly correcting me.

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Every week you receive an email from Grammarly. It tells you how many things you corrected, where you stand compared to other users if you wrote better or worse compared to last week. I kind of like it, because it tells me if I am not just correcting my mistakes, but learning from them.

Unless you write everything perfect the first time (and you are a liar), you can’t go wrong with adding Grammarly. They have two options: a free and a paid version.

I got to try the paid version out in order to write my review. Honestly, I loved it. The big things are that you get extra proofreading. Instead of just checking spelling and basic sentence issues, it works to check sentence structure issues, writing style issues and gives you suggestions to have a more varied vocabulary. I loved having it suggest better words to me. For example, I used the word “loved” twice here in the sentence. It would suggest a synonym so the paragraph flows better.

Here is my issue: the paid version costs money. Which, I guess, is why it is called the paid version. If you do it monthly, it is almost $30. But if you pay it all at once, it is only $12 a month. Once I’m a legit journalist, I probably will go with the paid version.

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Overall, even if you don’t go with the paid version, you should definitely get the free version. You really have no excuse not too.

 

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  1. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    Grammarly sounds like a good idea for those who care about their writing style and grammar.

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