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Grammarly – A writer’s best friend

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It’s said that ‘words matter’ and that is especially true when you are writing content in the digital age. Whether it’s in a caption, a blog post or an email, it can be hard to get people’s attention and to keep it. Well-written content can not only attract people to your website, but it can keep them there and more importantly, get them to revisit. But how do you stand out and excel in this space when there is so much competition? Installing an online tool like Grammarly can help you to avoid embarrassing typos and grammatical errors in your content. Error-free content also assists your Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) strategy and demonstrates attention to detail and professionalism.

This post will give you the low-down on Grammarly and how using it can improve both your writing style and your content. 

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive a commission if you decide to purchase something through these links, at no additional cost to you.


What is Grammarly?

Grammarly is an app for your smartphone/tablet or an extension for your internet browser on your computer. Once installed it will scan what you type in real-time and detect any errors in your grammar, spelling, punctuation and word choice. 

Who should use Grammarly?

If you are producing any kind of written content, whether it be a project, presentation, blog, web or marketing copy then Grammarly will be useful. People who use it include:

  • Students
  • Academics
  • Bloggers
  • Copywriters
  • Authors
  • Marketers

Grammarly is also helpful if (like me), it’s been a while since you were at school and need a refresher on Grammatical rules. Until recently I always capitalised seasons eg, ‘This Spring weather has been crazy’. However, I now know not to capitalise spring, and am confident that my content looks more professional as a result.

Grammarly is also useful if English is your second language, and you can change the settings to include Australian English, American English, British English etc.

What programs/platforms does Grammarly work with?

Grammarly can be used on many platforms including Gmail, Outlook, Messenger, Google Docs, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and WordPress. It will check your content in real-time and help you to reduce the risk of making embarrassing errors.

What does Grammarly include and what are the costs?

Grammarly’s Free version offers basic writing corrections including grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors, wordiness and tone detection.

The Premium version also checks

  • Inconsistent writing style.
  • Unclear sentence structure.
  • Overused words.
  • Ineffective vocabulary.
  • Hedging language.
  • Impoliteness.
  • Insensitive or non-inclusive language.
  • Inappropriate tone or formality level.
  • Plagiarism.

At the time of writing (November 2019) the Premium version fee was from $11.66 AUD per month if paid on an annual basis.

You can see a side-by-side comparison here.

How do I use Grammarly?

First, you’ll need to download Grammarly and sign up for an account.

Grammarly will check your content in real-time and identify potential errors with a red underline. You can choose to use or ignore the suggestion – see example below.

Grammarly’s free version checks for 150 common grammatical error and makes suggestions to improve your content. It checks things like subject-verb agreement, suggests the correct version of a word that may have multiple spellings and also suggests where to add commas and hyphens.

Using Grammarly to help with your writing

Like to install Grammarly?

If you’d like to start using Grammarly, then click here, or on any of the Grammarly links in this post. You can open a free account, or sign up for premium access and start using this valuable tool immediately.

Learn More

Like to learn a little more about useful tools and resources?
Checkout upcoming Chookapeck Workshops here.

More Info?

Do you have any questions? Feel free to drop me a line here.

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