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5 Tricks You Can Do with Grammarly to Write Better Blog Posts

Updated: February 22, 2016

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  1. This is interesting. I’m keeping a running list of all the things Grammarly has missed or gotten wrong using the free version. It sounds like the paid version is much better. How does it do with commas? I’ve found that the free version misses most comma splices.

    1. Not sure about comma splices in particular, but I tested it with an email my husband wrote — he is bad at leaving commas out!! It caught sooo many missing commas. I am sold on the paid version… and I was really, really skeptical!! Haha

      1. I’ve used the paid version of Grammarly for the past six years at work as an executive secretary in an educational institution. I felt like I cheating on a test, so I’m glad to read that you recommend it as a helpful tool. I feel much better now. 😊 It certainly has been helpful for me and has saved me from many embarrassing moments.

  2. They also have an extension that you can put right into your Word program as well. I use it a lot while I’m Proofreading. No it does not catch everything, that’s what we’re paid for, but it does make it easier to catch some mistakes and even to help you learn from those mistakes as you go.

  3. I think I noticed an error that wasn’t addressed. “Your not just winging it, hoping being an English teacher will get you by.” Shouldn’t the word “your” at the beginning of the sentence be “you’re”?

    1. You’re right!! My guess is, as a machine, it probably thought I was saying something like, “Your being my friend makes me happy!” Definitely one of those areas where humans are better!!

  4. I have been using Grammarly for years! It saved my rear a time or two when I was working on my grad school thesis. It’s an amazing product and the folks over there are wonderful people. Super helpful! I recommend this product to all my blogger and book writing friends.

  5. Good blog post! I wonder if using Grammerly would be helpful with proofreading for court reporters, since we can’t change what people actually said under oath.

  6. Very interesting. I’m editing a thesis right now. I do wonder though if Grammerly has settings for English and American English as there are quite a few differences. Having lived and worked in both the UK and the US I sometimes get muddled and have to quickly check.

      1. Actually Caitlin I use it for both my US and UK (or Canada) writing. It’ll look over the piece written and if it finds writting that is inconsistant with the rest of the document. ie if you’re writing in UK and you put in US word it’ll tell you, or vice versa.

        I’ve found this very helpful when working with my UK clients and having to try and rememer to switch my mind. And us Canadians really like our “z’s” where the US like their “s’s”

        So you shouldn’t have much of an issue, I know it catches mine automatically. You can always test it to see if t catches something.

  7. Great post along with great tips! This posting is very valuable and a good choice for us. Thanks for revealing valuable data.

  8. I tried the plagiarism test. I found your pillar/foundation text at proofreadanywhere.com and pasted it into Grammarly’s website plagiarism detector. (Plagiarism is only addressed by the premium product.)

    Its verdict? “We didn’t find any plagiarism, but we found 3 writing issues.”.

    It ought to be better than that.

    btw, Grammarly wants an apostrophe in “Its” above.

    I find Grammarly pretty good for spelling, double words, and extra spaces, but the grammar is not so good.

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