12 Reasons to use Grammarly to Become a Better Writer

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Why you need Grammarly

If you plan on being a successful blogger then it is in your best interest to also become a good writer.  When I say, a good writer, I’m not talking about your ideas, those are subjective; I’m talking about the way you present your prose.

Is it grammatically correct?  Are there any spelling errors or misused words?  If you’re paraphrasing someone else’s thoughts, are you sure you haven’t plagiarized that person?

These are all questions you should be concerned with if you want to be professional and not get into any hot water over, such as copyright infringements, or writing so poorly that it puts off any potential readers with an eye for these types of errors.

To help eliminate these concerns you might want to consider using the writing enhancement platform known as Grammarly- THE Best Plagiarism Checker & Proofreader

Here are some benefits of the free version:

  1. First and foremost after running a spell check it also makes recommendations to improve sentence structure.
  2. It has a contextual spelling check to make sure you haven’t missed common words such as their, there, they’re, etc.
  3. It helps to avoid plagiarism by comparing your text to billions of non-subscription based text published on the internet looking for any duplicate phrasing of the text you provided.
  4. Offers a free browser extension for nearly all browsers so you can use it wherever you are writing online. (I have the Firefox addon and it’s active on this post as well as my social media posts.)
  5. They have Grammarly Answers which is an online community for writers to ask and answer questions on English writing. This is a huge community that will help when needed.
  6. They have free use of their Handbook which is an online guide explaining English grammar and style. Nearly everything you forgot in English class can be found here.
  7. They have active Facebook, Google+ and Twitter accounts where followers are provided grammar tips and discussions. With nearly 7 million Facebook likes, 2 million G+ followers, and 134K Twitter followers, they have a huge social media reach.
  8. They have their own Grammarly Blog full of daily tips. If you’re a writer or want to be one then this is a blog you need to follow.
Grammarly also has a premium option which includes all of the above plus even more valuable options that will put your writing above even your most critical expectations:
  1. Grammarly integrates with Microsoft Office and Outlook email and even though these have their own spell checkers and light grammar suggestions, they don’t have more useful features such as contextual suggestions or vocabulary enhancements.
  2. The premium option checks your prose for over 250 types of grammatical errors where the free version checks for less than half of that.
  3. As mentioned above, the premium option provides vocabulary enhancement suggestions which will help you reach a higher level of written communication.
  4. It provides citation suggestions in the MLA and APA styles which are incredibly useful.

I just copied and pasted all of the above text into a new document on my Grammarly dashboard and even though I type this out in Microsoft Word, I was still able to find 4 errors.  Two of them were sentence structure errors and the rest were contextual word usage errors.

I’ll be using my Grammarly account with all of my future posts.  I’m using the free version but as soon as I complete the first draft of the novel I’m writing, I’m upgrading to the premium version.

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  • Chiara Lisbeth de Lisi

    So useful!
    I’m italian and I need this to help me with your language!
    It’s quite difficult for me writing without mistakes:)

    • e-coursesxyz

      You’re ahead of most and that is so awesome. I’ve been a professional writer for the past decade and I still make mistakes.

  • Nazy Nazy

    lol i guess i need this badly…thanx for sharing 🙂

    • e-coursesxyz

      Hope you find it as useful as I do.

  • I write well. These programs are great for novice writers or those who are lucky enough to communicate in multiple languages. I’ve used programs like this before and I found they’ve muted my voice. I want to write with clarity, correct grammar and spelling, and yes, I have found instances of all three after I published an article or it went to print. Errors that weren’t detected because of the complexities in the English language or the flexibilities I used to express myself. The plagiarism detection and connectivity to social media make it more useful.

    • e-coursesxyz

      You make great points… I’ve been a professional writer for the past decade and I still make mistakes. It’s much easier to make a mistake when writing short form posts and when you are in a rush to publish. For long form posts, essays, and even novel writing, Grammarly can be a great “second set of eyes.” And, I’m pretty sure they are now offering professional live proofreading in their premium option.

  • Kelly McDaniel Hartigan

    The text in the image made me giggle. A “gooder” writer? LOL I understand why you are recommending Grammarly. Yes, it can be helpful; however, as Stacy pointed out, it can mute an author’s voice. I have also encountered instances where Grammarly not only missed things, but it also introduced new errors.

    I agree with your first statement. Personally, I think all bloggers should have their posts/articles edited. Visitors to a blog might view the blog differently, and not return, if posts/articles are filled with errors.

  • Brandi Kennedy

    I’ve heard of this tool and have used it myself a time or two. It’s a great help when you aren’t sure about something, or when you REALLY need it be just right.

    • e-coursesxyz

      That’s right and it’s only making suggestions for changes if detected.

  • Thi Ngo

    This sounds like a useful tool! But I’m forcing my best friends to read my posts before publishing ! Just food for thought, using these tools to help structure your sentences or phrases will it cause you to lose your personality and voice in the text?

    • e-coursesxyz

      It’s really helping you to be certain your grammar is in check. You’re not losing your voice as it’s only making suggestions for changes depending on if you’re using American or British English.

  • I love this tool. If you use it as a guide and not the end all be all to your writing. You can still be you and incorporate a sense of “double check”.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Absolutely… I would think that the best results are obtained from people that have more than a rudimentary understanding of English grammar.

  • ohmummymia

    I didn’t hear about it yet so its nice to know something new! I need to check this out

    • e-coursesxyz

      It helps those that aren’t real familiar with American or British English.

  • Emma Oxley

    I like to think I have a pretty good grasp of grammar but I do occasionally use this tool just to double check something.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Same here.. its a second pair of eyes but I don’t always accept the suggested fixes so not to take away from my voice.

  • Renee Franklin

    I have the paid version and I love it! When I’m in a hurry my fingers don’t seem to type as fast as my brain processes the information I want to share. Grammarly has helped catch these little mistakes all the time. I love it.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Oh yes I know. I write everything out in Microsoft Word first and that catches most of my misspelling issues but not contextual mistakes like the use of to vs too.

  • Saving Common Cents

    This sounds like a great program! I know I could benefit from the citation suggestions for MLA and APA style writing. It’s something that colleges are requiring now!

    • e-coursesxyz

      So much easier than falling back to a hard copy guide for reference.