It’s easy to make writing errors in emails, social media posts and elsewhere online. What we don’t often realize is that a lot of people make personal judgments if they notice our mistakes. Whether you are ‘all fingers and thumbs’ on your phone or just make a typo, writing mistakes can be very embarrassing.
It’s essential to make a good impression when writing content for your business. In 2015 a study found that executives rate content less desirable if it included just one typo or grammar mistake.
Luckily there is a great solution that goes beyond the basic ‘’spell checker, ’ and it does a great job at catching many of our most common mistakes.
Grammarly is a useful app that makes sure everything you type is easy to read, effective, and mistake-free.
What is Grammarly?
Grammarly is a grammar checker for proofreading articles, blog posts, emails and pretty much anywhere else you type on the web. It has a handy chrome extension which allows it to check for mistakes and lots of different websites and a web-app for checking longer form content.
The Chrome Extension
The Chrome extension can be enabled on many different websites, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Gmail. It can be turned on or off directly from the browser.
It’s very useful inside of Facebook and highlights mistakes as you type a new post or respond to a comment:
It also works very well inside of Gmail for mistake-free emailing:
Unfortunately there is no support yet for Google Docs, but hopefully, this will be rectified in the future.
The Web App
In addition to the Chrome app you can log into the Grammarly interface and check longer form content:
This gives you a much more detailed view of your grammar, punctuation and spelling issues. Each mistake has a useful little card that explains, in detail, what the mistake is and how to correct it.
Standard spell checkers, like those you would find inside of Microsoft Word or Pages merely highlight you errors for simple correction. While this is useful, it’s easy to become reliant on them and never really see personal improvement.
With Grammarly, however, it’s easy to uncover bad habits and improve your writing. For example:
Unnecessarily using the passive voice
Ending sentences with prepositions
Using a squinting modifier
Overusing the same adjective
You can specify the document type you are working on for contextual analysis and control what type of errors it searches for:
There is also a ‘Plagiarism Checker’ that finds unoriginal text by checking against a database of over 8 billion web pages.
Grammarly has a Windows version of its web app. This does not provide any other features it’s nice to have a desktop version available.
If you work a lot with Microsoft Office, you’ll be pleased to know there is a dedicated extension that improves Microsoft’s native proof-reading capabilities.
How Much is Grammarly?
Grammarly has a free version that checks 150 of the most critical grammar and spelling checks. The full feature set, however, is only available with the Premium version which is just $11.66/mo paid annually.
While no app can replace human proof-reading (yet!) Grammarly is a fantastic way to not only alert you to mistakes but also help improve your writing on the fly.
If you spend a lot of time writing emails, blog posts or any content, then give Grammarly a try. You’ll feel like a stronger writer and find the process more enjoyable.