The internet has enabled people around the world to express their opinions and write about almost any topic. When people who are not native speakers of English write in English, its normal to make mistakes. Depending on their level of English, mistakes can be minor grammatical errors or can also be substantial, like the wrong use of tenses. Interestingly, I stumbled upon a heated discussion about the correct use of the word civilisation. American readers were trying to correct the author by implying that the proper way of spelling the word is civilization, while European readers tried to explain that, in fact, the correct way is civilisation, with an -s.
Even native speakers of English can make mistakes or forget to correct the text before publishing their final version. While there is an unwritten rule to read the article before posting it, and even use tools to help you with the grammar, mistakes can still be made. As I am not a native speaker of English, it’s especially important to watch out for most common mistakes and to constantly educate myself about the grammar. In the past, I have used many tools to prevent mistakes. Some tools were good and some could use improvement. Now I found a pretty awesome tool to help me with grammatical mistakes.
I found out about Grammarly couple of years ago, at that time, I didn’t pay that much attention to grammar and have used other free tools. I stumbled on Grammarly when I was searching for a better, possibly premium, solution that would help me with the passive voice. What a huge surprise. Dashboard was completely redesigned from the last time I have seen it. It looks so much better and is much more pleasant to the eyes.
Dashboard is simple to navigate, you won’t find crowded options, instead you will see the articles in the middle and 3 categories in the menu on the left side. My Grammarly takes you to your article dashboard, Profile and Log out.
Once you open an article, you have an option on the left side to set document type. Document type can be anything from Academic to Medical and Casual. That way, Grammarly will adjust corrections for proper sentence structure and writing style.
You can also choose to enable/disable type of correction used. Grammarly can help you with Contextual spelling, Grammar, Punctuation, Sentence structure and Style, but you can disable any of the options.
In the middle of the screen, you will see your text, on the right side, you will see suggested corrections.
What’s nice is that when you select a suggested correction, it will show you a position of advice via the guideline (below word great – marked with the green colour, there is a line leading to the correction on the right). If you have made many mistakes, it’s easy to find a suggestion for the mistake at hand.
What I also like is the ability to add a word to the Dictionary. For example, I have used the word Canva which is a brand for online service. Grammarly suggested to replace it with the word Canvas, rightfully so, but since it’s a brand, I don’t want to be reminded about this mistake again. If I click on a small button, I can add Canva to the Dictionary and I won’t be reminded again about this “problem”.
Another feature I really love is help with the Passive voice. One of the free services I used in the past only reminded me of it. Grammarly, on the other hand, suggests how to rephrase the sentence. For example: every template has been designed by a designer. Grammarly identified the passive voice and suggested to change it to: a designer has designed every template.
Based on advanced algorithms, you will find suggestions on the right side of your text for grammatical errors, Punctuation, Structure, Passive voice, Spelling, Style and even the correct use of definite and indefinite articles.
Every successful blogger has faced the problem of Plagiarism. The two most common instances of this are: It can happen that your successful articles were copied without permission and are used on other websites. When that happens, the website that uses your article can outrank you. In that case you can suffer the loss of traffic. It can also complicate your overall rankings if Google penalizes you for using duplicate content. Second use is for bloggers who are allowing guest posts. A guest author can use the content from a competing website; which creates a potential problem for you.
You can easily enable Plagiarism checker from the menu on the left side.
Once enabled, Grammarly will look inside its extensive database and compare the content with millions of websites. It will show you the % of the same content you share with other websites. If you are using a citation from another website, it will show a small percentage, but if the content is copied, then the number will be much closer to 100%. If your article was copied, you can use Google tools to delist websites who are using your content and stealing your rank.
Grammarly is available in two editions, free and Premium. Basic functionality like grammar and punctuation are available in the free version, but for advanced functions like Plagiarism checker, you have to subscribe to the service. With Premium plan, you also get access to Microsoft Word and Outlook plugins. I found Grammarly as a valuable resource for my writing. It will help you with the way your readers experience your website and will be possible in the near future when Google starts ranking websites for grammar, with rankings as well. One last thing, if you are looking to replace a good human proof-reader, look away. There is no way any computer program can replace a human for such tasks. What Grammarly does and does well, is a final check before you submit your work.
It will help you with the way your readers experience your website and will be possible in the near future when Google starts ranking websites for grammar, with rankings as well. One last thing, if you are looking to replace a good human proof-reader, look away. There is no way any computer program can replace a professional for such tasks. What Grammarly does and does well, is a final check before you publish your work. If you are not a native speaker, you will love all the features. In a way, it’s an English teacher which provides examples, proposals, guidance and corrections to anyone willing to use it. As an added bonus it includes plagiarism checker and add-ons for Outlook and Word.