Before you ask me what a content editing tool is, let me ask you a question-
When was the last time you submitted your article without proofreading and were 100% sure that it had no error? Probably when you were a kid. We all know the importance of proofreading. It doesn’t matter how compelling your content is; grammatical errors always make it look like some gibberish quotes on Facebook (not even kidding).
Nobody wants to get trolled on the internet with grammar as a weapon.
However, manual editing is a daunting process, be it online or offline, especially when you have a lot of content to edit. It is where the content editing tools come into play, and today we are going to review one of the most popular tools- Grammarly.
Hang on with me as we dive further into Grammarly review 2020, but let’s get to the basics first.
What Is Grammarly?
Grammarly is a spell-check and writing assistant online content editing tool that comes as a chrome extension as well as an application. It integrates well with almost everything that you write online or offline, for instance, MS Word, Google docs, Quora, Facebook, etc.
It goes by the name Free Writing Assistant, as it is a freemium tool.
Who Can Use This Tool?
Grammarly is pretty easy to use for both native English speaking and non-English speaking users. Pretty much everyone can use this content editing tool, but it is especially beneficial for the people who require a lot of editing work.
This tool is going to amaze you if you have just started blogging, or are new to the content writing industry, as it will literally cut your editing time to half. However, the free version may seem pretty tedious if you have less idea about the peculiarities of this content editor.
Grammarly assists editors, copywriters, and digital marketers in quickly assessing the clarity, engagement, correctness, and delivery of their content with ease. You can rely on this tool to have an idea of your content delivery.
The free version is kind of sufficient for the students, in general, but I would recommend the premium version to the students who usually have a lot of writing work and assignments to check.
How To Use Grammarly?
This online content editing tool is straightforward to use and requires no technical expertise. Here are the ways how you can use it for editing purposes:
#1 Copy & Paste
You can copy the entire content and paste it in the online editor or the app itself, and the AI will start evaluating the errors immediately.
You can also import a word document directly by clicking on the Import option, and start editing out the editors.
As a matter of fact, Grammarly can also integrate with any online writing platform like Google docs, Gmail, etc. Add a Chrome extension, log into your account, and start editing directly on any tool/site on which you type.
Is It 100% Accurate?
Use this tool for the first time, and you will probably think that all the suggestions are correct. But this is not always the case. Let me explain it to you with an example:
In the screenshot below, you can notice that there is a suggestion to remove the word “clearly” and “just,” which, on removal, won’t be able to create a visible impact on the audience for this sentence.
You can ignore the suggestions in such cases. However, you cannot overlook the errors like the third one mentioned here.
The word “huge” is undoubtedly isn’t fitting into the sentence here. One would, generally, not consider changing it, but a synonym like “enormous” or “big” would be a better fit here.
What Are Its Features?
I will break down all the sections of Grammarly one by one. Let’s dive into it:
Goals let Grammarly understand the intent of your writing and the type of readers that you are targeting with your content. It is one of the best features of this online content editor tool. It has the following fields that you need to mark:
You get to choose from three types of audiences- general, knowledgeable, and expert.
It indicates the impression that you want to give out to the readers of your content.
Here you can select the niche or category that you belong to assist Grammarly in pointing out the errors accordingly.
This option lets you decide how you want to sound with your words in front of the readers.
You can also select the intention of your text so that this content editor comes up with suggestions accordingly.
This section indicates all the basic grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, recurring words, etc. that you may have missed while typing.
It indicates how easy to read your text is and also suggests removing the unnecessary words and phrases, along with tautology and recurring words.
With this feature, you get to know how interesting and engaging your text is so that you can make necessary changes and make it better for the readers.
This section indicates if your content can create the correct impression on the minds of the reader or not. The delivery of your content is a clear implication of the tone of your words.
A premium user gets to know all the errors in their text- word choice, punctuation errors, wordy sentences, fault in tenses, misuse of quotations, weak and uncertain language, hard-to-read text, etc.
You can detect the parts of your text that may be similar to that of the content available on the internet so that you can modify them or add citations wherever deemed suitable.
You get to select your language from four options for English accents- American, British, Australian, and Canadian. So you can use some slangs that the people at your native place do.
Free v/s Premium Version
Here comes the time when you have to decide the option that you find more suitable according to your editing requirements. The following chart shows the difference between free and premium Grammarly accounts:
As you can witness, the free version offers all the basic features. So it is beneficial for:
1. The people who need basic spell-check.
2. The people used to this content editing tool.
On the contrary, the premium version comes with all the features that I have mentioned above. It is beneficial for:
1. Professional writers and copywriters.
2. Content editors who have a pile of editing work.
3. The people who haven’t used this tool much.
The premium version is, further, available for individuals as well as for teams.
Grammarly comes in three plans. They are:
No. of accounts: 01
No. of accounts: 01
No. of accounts: 03 to 149
Are There Any Limitations to This Tool?
Sadly, this content editing tool does come with some limitations that we are going to uncover below:
1. The Editor Version Doesn’t Work for Mobile
Despite all the features that Grammarly comes with, you cannot utilize this content editing tool on your mobile phone. However, you can download and install the Grammarly keypad for basic spell-check and spotting grammatical errors while typing.
2. It Consumes Enormous Data
One of the most significant drawbacks of using Grammarly is that the AI will stop editing your content once the Internet connection slows down. You can only operate this tool when you have a continuous supply of high-speed internet.
3. There’s a Glitch In Editing Mode
This tool, sometimes, doesn’t show the errors and corrections properly when you don’t refresh the page for too long. Also, at this point, you will find a different number of errors when you open the editor in a separate tab.
4. Limited Features in Free Version
As we already discussed before, Grammarly’s free version comes with a minimal number of features. However, this is not an issue if you are used to the tool and its features, as you will have a broader idea of correcting the premium errors.
Perks of Using this Content Editing Tool
Let’s discuss some of the reasons why Grammarly would work for you:
1. Easy to Understand
If you have ever used Grammarly before, you will agree with me when I say that this tool is straightforward to use, and comes with detailed and easy to understand explanations behind the errors. You will probably face no issues even if you use this content editing tool for the first time.
2. High Accuracy
Grammarly shows highly factual errors- from spelling mistakes to grammar and punctuation. You would seldom find any left out sections in your entire content after proofread by Grammarly spell check.
3. Works with Extensions
Grammarly works perfectly with the browser extensions on Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Apart from that, it works perfectly with Google docs, Gmail, etc., allowing real-time grammar checking while you are typing.
4. Customization & Adjustment
You can adjust the goals according to your content requirement, and can also add words to your dictionary. This tool lets you customize the criteria behind editing the texts.
5. Plagiarism and Engagement Detector
Grammarly offers something that not all the content editing tools offer- plagiarism detector. It means that you can correct your errors and spot plagiarism in the same editor. This tool also lets you understand how engaging and readable your text is so that you can edit accordingly.
Grammarly is, undoubtedly, one of the world’s best Grammar checkers available online, feasible for almost everyone. It comes with the best features, justified for the price that they charge, and is pretty accurate in spotting the errors as well. All-in-all, I would recommend this AI-powered content editing tool to the people who have a stack of editing documents, provided that they operate it on a desktop or a laptop with high Internet speed.