Microsoft Word is a fine text formatting tool. I’ll give it that. But can it be serious about the spelling and grammar checking? In my experience, it is not the best option. Not by a long shot. Word’s built-in spelling and grammar tools are not up to par, and that used to leave me frustrated and annoyed.
Along came Grammarly (Grammarly review on Edumuch.com), and helped me not throw my computer out of the window in frustration. There was the program I was looking for, and I didn’t even know I was looking for it! I happened to see an ad somewhere, I signed up for the free version, and then I downloaded the web browser extension for Chrome, also for free. What a change, wow.
Grammarly is based online. It is a website, and also a word processor, spellchecker, grammar checker, plagiarism checker, and all-around wonder. It checks compatibility with styling, syntax, and improper placement of properly-spelled words.
The word processing portion of the website has a free version and a paid version. Both of these are accessed through the website, but the paying subscribers (Grammarly Premium) have the option of add a Microsoft plug-in, which integrates the wonders of Grammarly right into Word and Outlook. Premium is obviously a lot more comprehensive than the free version, but even the free version is nothing to sneeze at, especially compared to Word.
The website, which the writing platform is a part of, is actually a lot more than that. It includes a blog on writing and education, a handbook on grammar, a large FAQ section, and a dictionary and thesaurus. Grammarly’s Facebook and Twitter accounts are also very active, and the user community is always helpful.
The Premium edition of Grammarly is available in the form of monthly, quarterly, or annual subscription plans. For those who are students or educators, or who are part of an educational establishment, a separate platform – Grammarly@EDU – is available. It is a separate part of the site, which is meant for use by those in the field of education. The payment plans differ accordingly, being made by student or by campus. Grammarly@EDU is meant for students and educators of all kinds, from K-12 grades to academia and higher learning.
Grammarly was invented and designed in order to make you a better writer. It doesn’t stop at mere grammar and spellchecking, but goes to great lengths in order for a writer to improve his or her skills. Writing proper
English is an important skill. English is an international language which is studied and used by over a billion people worldwide. It is used constantly, whether in the analog world or the digital world.
This goes way beyond fixing a few grammatical mistakes or typos. It does that, yes, but it also helps you learn from your own mistakes, and avoid making them in the future. Talk about education!
So, I urge you to sign up for the free version, and to attach the web browser extension to whatever you are using now. It is available for firefox, chrome, and safari.