By Joshua Kelly ’20
What is Grammarly? Grammarly is an online extension that finds any grammatical errors. It’s quick, easy to use, and is an incredible way to find all your writing assignment mistakes.
Grammarly is a great way to correct grammatical errors yet it’s not well-known, even though there have been so many advertisements on YouTube recently.
I’ve been using Grammarly for my literature class typed homework assignments and grading some articles in my past and current groups in Journalism. When an error pops up and Grammarly gives me the correction, it always gives me an explanation as to why the mistake should be corrected. This gives the user a chance to look out for the same mistake in the future. It teaches the user instead of just giving them the answer. It also helped me find better word choices, making my papers sound much more professional.
Now, I know what you might be contemplating: “What’s the price? This sounds too good to be true to have no price!”
Well, you’re kinda right. With these advantages, there are also disadvantages. Even though a majority of the main features work, such as grammar check, punctuation, sentence structure, and style, many features are still left out, such as the plagiarism check and searching for more suitable words compared to ‘better’ or ‘happy’. You actually have to pay for the added features with a selection of plans you can choose from: the monthly plan ($29.95/month), quarterly plan ($19.98/month or one payment of $59.95), or the annual plan ($11.66/month or one payment of $139.95). Plus, you can’t use it on Google Docs (yet), but you can still copy and paste it from the Grammarly page to your Google Doc.
“Oh my lord, that’s so much money. My wallet is starting to cry” was my first reaction. However, as I was getting more papers to type and reflecting on old ones, I soon realized I was in need of it. I had these bland words and silly grammatical errors that made me feel like a joke. I’ve used the annual plan recently, and I have to admit that it is quite worth the value. I don’t have to take much time in the day to correct errors and learn from them. If you’re someone who constantly gets a low grade because of confused words or punctuation, I recommend just getting Grammarly for free and not as a whole. If you’re someone who needs to find better phrases for words, I recommend getting the annual plan since it’s the cheapest to pay per month. Plus, it could give you an advantage in your next school year, whether you’re a sophomore in high school or a freshman in college.
You might claim $60 is just too much for something you might not use as often as you like. To that, I respond with one simple answer: just use it for free, and put in your best effort to find your mistakes. Depending on how well you type, it’s not that hard to fix missteps.
Grammarly obviously has WAY more features, but I just wanted to explain the important ones. So, will you use Grammarly today?
- Founded by Max Lytvyn and Alex Shevchenko
- Created in late 2008
- Headquarters located in San Francisco, California
- Works on Microsoft Word, YouTube, Google+, and Facebook