Chrome and Firefox have excellent English spell checkers, but they do nothing about grammar. That's one reason we end up with so many people confusing "you're" and "your", or "their", "there", and "they're". Grammarly is a browser extension that can help improve grammar and spelling in any web writing.
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We will find Grammarly on its official website, grammarly.com.
Clicking on "Get Grammarly", we will automatically get the proper plug-in for our browser.
After we install the plug-in, we need to create a free account. The page won't ask us to retype the password we create, so make sure you don't make a mistake.
The free service of Grammarly is perfect for most users who casually write on the web, e.g. in social media.
If someone is writing for a living and needs something more, the Premium version more than doubles the points of grammar it checks. It also adds some interesting features, such as sentence structure, style checks, and plagiarism detection.
How to improve grammar, using Grammarly
There are two ways to use Grammarly. The first is to create a new document inside our account.
This interface is not unlike creating a document in Google Docs, Office Online, or Hemingway.
But the best feature of Grammarly is that the extension will check every text box on any page, from Facebook...
...to this very blog post.
Hovering the mouse over the underlined word will give us some acceptable alternatives.
Grammarly will also check for rogue commas, another field where many users online get confused.
Clicking on the "Correct with Grammarly" text will give us an explanation of why it was a mistake...
...and also provide us with examples to learn the correct usage.
Grammarly is also useful for finding synonyms. We just need to select a word, and the app will automatically provide a list.
Last but not least, we can use Grammarly while we are reading, as a handy dictionary. Selecting a word will give us its definition.
The only way Grammarly can't improve grammar is if we make a mistake that still makes grammatical sense, like:
You need to know your shit!
You need to know you're shit!
Those mistakes can still make a big difference in the outcome we are going for, so we must stay vigilant.
Did Grammarly improve grammar for you?
No matter if we are native English speakers, or English is our second/third/fourth language, mistakes happen. Grammarly's real-time checks will help us improve grammar, spelling, and allow us to learn new words.
If you tried Grammarly, whether you liked it or not, leave us a comment.
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