Never Make Grammar Mistakes Again–How to Use Grammarly

By: | January 5, 2016 | Tags: , , , , | 79 comments

Grammarly helps writers and bloggersWould you show up dressed for a fancy party in dirty, wrinkled clothes?

Presenting yourself for the world to see in a disheveled outfit is the equivalent of presenting a blog post for the world to see full of grammar mistakes.

You don’t have to be a linguist or a grammarian to ensure your post is rid of grammar errors.

Fortunately, free tools exist today to help you. Grammarly is one of those tools.

Blogger Pat Flynn recommends Grammarly. He calls it The spell-check tool I use, on steroids. Through my browser, anything I write automatically goes through their database of spelling and grammatical checks to make sure I write properly.

I have invited guest author Sofie van Nierop to explain why she uses Grammarly, the value it holds for other bloggers, and how to use the site.

What Can Grammarly Do For You and Your Blog?

[Grammarly is] one simple plugin that can improve your writing drastically.

[Admin Blogger’s Note: You do not have to self-host to use Grammarly. You plug it in to your internet browser.]

Did you ever struggle with grammar, typos or spelling mistakes in your posts? As a blogger, I try to maintain a good quality of writing in every post. Unfortunately, I’m not the best at grammar or spelling. A bad grammar mistake can make your post unreadable or you will fail to get your point across.

Luckily, earlier this year I found an easy solution that made my writing a lot better. I found a simple and free program that not only checks your spelling in a way that your browser never could.

If you have Google Chrome as a browser, this is a really easy way to improve your blog quality.

 

About Grammarly:

 

Grammarly is a Google Chrome browser plugin. This means that you install the program in your Chrome browser. The program then works all across the web.

 

The browser version of Grammarly shows up whenever you are writing. This includes Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and WordPress. This is great not only for you blog but also for your social media. Never send a tweet with a spelling/grammar mistake again.

 

What You Can Do with Grammarly:

 

  • It checks if you have used the right word in the right context.
  • It checks actual grammar mistakes. (Like a and an and wrong tenses of verbs.)
  • It will give you the meaning/definition of words if you double click it.

 

The plugin has both a free version and a premium version you need to pay for. But personally, I think that with the free version alone you already have a big advantage. The free version has already all the features that I need to have better writing.

 

There is also a Windows version that works on your desktop. That version is great for when you want to edit bigger documents. You can simply import them into the program and edit them in the same way.

 

How to Install Grammarly:

 

Since Grammarly is a Chrome plugin, you start with opening Google Chrome. In the top right corner of your browser, there is a hamburger menu. Click it and go to more tools and then extensions.

 

It will bring you to all the currently installed extensions. At the bottom of that page, it has a link to the actual store. There it is easy to find the Grammarly plugin by just using the search option.

 

It should tell you there at the top of the description if this plugin is compatible with your device.

 

After that, you just have to download and install and you are done.

 

It comes with a personal webpage where you can log in and edit documents. It also has a tutorial document where you can try out Grammarly easily for the first time.

 

How to Use Grammarly:

After you have installed it, it will have a green button in the right corner of your browser.

Now, if you write in a text window you will get a button in the right bottom corner. It will be green when you have no mistakes. When it detects a mistake, the button will turn red and have a number on it for the number of mistakes.

 

Now you have two options:

 

  1. You can click the red underlined word and it will tell you why it is registered as a mistake. You can then either click the right option when given any, or it will say “correct in Grammarly” and a small red arrow.
  2. You can also open the editor from the beginning. (You do this by pressing the Grammarly button in the corner of your text box.) I love this feature for bigger texts like blog posts. It makes the blog posts so much easier to edit when I can see all the mistakes and then go through them one by one. After you are done, you can simply close the editor and the text will be edited in the original text field.

 

It is also very easy to check old blog posts, and I’m very happy that the editing process is so quick. My old blog posts were full of mistakes that this simple plugin fixes within minutes.

 

One little sidenote, though– even though this editor is great, it is still a computer program, so you should still check what you are writing. This program does not know if you mean feature or future, but both are correct words, so it will not register as a mistake.

 

Regardless, I love how much my writing has improved since I have started using this plugin. As someone whose first language is not English, making mistakes is easy, but this feature has not only made it easier to correct them but also taught me a lot about grammar.

 

With the report, I get every week I can see how much my writing is improved and what kind of mistakes I should watch for.

 

It is a simple and great feature. I highly recommend this extension to any blogger who wants to improve their blog through better writing.

Author Bio:

I’m Sofie van Nierop, and I am a young artist, blogger and entrepreneur. I blog mostly about art, blogging, starting my own business and my journey through all of it. When I am not blogging or painting, I like to read or go on hikes.

Admin Blogger’s Commentary:

After you make an account, Grammarly will send you updates on how your writing is progressing from week to week. Even when I forget to use Grammarly, the site alerts me that I forgot to check my grammar the week before.

Sofie did a great job explaining Grammarly’s value. The site is not just valuable for bloggers. It is valuable for everyone. Wherever you go on the Internet, Grammarly will be there with you making sure you leave grammar errors out of your writing.

Readers, please share, so other writers know the value of Grammarly.

Have you heard of Grammarly? Do you use it? If yes, would you recommend it to others? If not, how do you ensure your posts are error-free? Is there another tool you use and would recommend? I look forward to your views.

After you share and comment, go thank Sofie for the great job she did with this article by visiting her blog SofieDoesArt.com.

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  1. Wandering Soul at 3:55 am

    Thanks Janice. Have downloaded this , although i hope to only avoid typos using this.
    Would like to improve my grammar the conventional way. that way i’ll probably learn and retain better 🙂
    also, just to share .. it doesn’t work when you on Gtalk or commenting like i am right now 🙂
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Sofie at 4:31 am

      Hi! I’m really glad you liked this post!

      I feel like I should definitely work on my grammar the conventional way aswell. Plugins will never be 100% certain. Great idea!

      I don’t know about Gtalk but it should work when you are commenting! In the right upper corner, there is a green button, and if you click it it should tell you if it is turned on. 🙂

      I hope that helps.

      ~Sofie (Guest Author)

  2. The Experiment at 6:26 am

    I’m happy I’ve found a believer. A lot of people tell me grammarly is not for them for one reason or another, but I love it.

    I’m also I. The top 99th percentile so it’s a nice ego boost 🙂

    Daniel

  3. Keesha at 6:44 am

    Wow, I have learned something new today. I have always thought that Grammarly was mainly for checking for plagiarism. I have never used it for checking grammar before. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Mona AlvaradoFrazier at 8:14 am

    I’ve used Grammarly for two years and it is one of those plug-ins that is invaluable to me. I also enjoy receiving a weekly and yearly report. The numbers show me if I’ve improved or not.
    The nice feature with Grammarly is you can upload any documents onto the editor and check your drafts. I’d like to see that improved though as you do lose formatting when you cut and paste the writing back on your document (or maybe I’m doing something wrong?).

    Thanks for sharing the info.
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  5. Carol Graham at 3:14 pm

    I have been using Grammarly for about a year and love it. It even corrects short facebook posts; it pops up everywhere! I like the feature to be able to upload any document and have it edited.

    • Janice Wald at 10:16 pm

      Hi Margaretha! So glad you found the post helpful and the tool invaluable.
      We were lucky to have found Sofie to explain it to us.
      I know you speak French and English, what other language?
      Janice

    • Sofie at 11:58 pm

      I can imagine how hard it must be to be fluent in three languages. My third language is German and that grammar is just too hard for me. All the die, der and das rules and that is just the beginning.

      I think it is amazing when people speak so many languages!

      Thank you so much for reading and I really hope this will help!

      ~ Sofie

  6. Margaretha at 11:59 pm

    Since I have left my first comment till now, I have been writing a page for my blog and using Grammarly – it is amazing. I followed Sofie’s instructions and downloaded it – very easy. I already had a spell-checker, but Grammarly picked things up that I never even noticed! I’m definitely a fan. To answer your question, Janice, my mother tongue is Afrikaans, I also learnt Dutch and German when I was younger. Thanks again!
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  7. Garry Rodgers at 4:49 am

    Hi Janice and Sophie,

    This is a great post about a great app. I’ve been using Grammarly for five months and love it. I have a very active personal blog and am also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. The Huff expects perfectly edited submissions and Grammarly saves my butt before pressing the Huff upload button.

    One tip I can suggest is to write your piece in a Word.doc, or whatever program you’re using, so as to maintain your voice, then enable the Grammarly app when editing. I find if I write with Grammarly running it tends to make me “too careful” as if my school teacher is standing over my shoulder 🙂 There’s an old saying that it’s okay to break the rules as long as you know what the rules are and you do it on purpose 😉

    BTW, Grammarly is running as I write in this comment box… there’s the little green button with the circling arrow right off to my lower right >>>>>>>

    • Sofie at 6:13 am

      Hi, Garry. Thank you so much for reading!

      That tip is so useful! I never noticed it but I do tend to avoid certain words because I know I spell them wrong. I will definitely try out writing in word first.

      I am really glad it works for you.

      ~Sofie

    • Janice Wald at 12:07 am

      Hi Garry,
      As I indicated, I had just heard it was an effective tool although I know I opened it since Grammarly keeps reminding me to use it =). My inexperience with what I had heard was a helpful tool for bloggers motivated me to ask Sofie to write about it.
      Now I find out it is a helpful tool for everyone, a friend with them wherever they are on the Internet, helping them with their grammar.
      After reading all these wonderful testimonials, I will definitely add it to my browser and use it! Thanks for the inspiration.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…7 Ways Blogging Helps You Better Navigate LifeMy Profile

  8. susie at 7:01 am

    Hi Sofia and Janice,
    I think I haven’t used Grammarly yet – I say” I think” because last year, while I used to make a living writing for others ( ghost writing), I have been introduced to Grammarly. Now I can’t remember if i ever used it. If it can be used as a plagiarism checker, then it is a bonus. We use Turnitin to check for plagiarism.
    Susie

  9. Judy at 9:40 am

    Thanks Janice and Sofie!
    I look forward to trying this plugin. I will use any help I can find to induce r my communication whether it’s through my blog or social media.

    • Janice Wald at 2:08 am

      Hi Rina,
      Great to see you! Happy New Year! I downloaded it and now it is on my browser. I think Sofie wrote it is just for Chrome. I’m sure you could search plugins, but the beauty of it being a browser extension is everyone can use it, not just self-hosted bloggers who can install plugins. Grammarly is helping me as I type to you. Fun! Thanks for writing and for the visit.
      Janice
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  10. Beckie Lindsey at 8:25 am

    Janice, I’m delighted to connect with you. Your blog is a helpful tool. I will be checking out Grammarly soon. I’m grateful for the instructions. Many times I avoid things like this because it will take too long to figure it out!
    Blessings,
    Beckie

    • Janice Wald at 2:00 am

      Hi Beckie,
      I am happy about our connection too. Thank you for the kind words about my blog. Like you, I am pressed for time and leery about trying new things. After reading all the great reviews about Grammarly in the comments section of this post, I downloaded it. It took no time at all. It’s easy and helps me all over the Internet.
      I sent you an invitation to pin to our Pinterest board. Thanks for the comments.
      Janice
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  11. Robin khokhar at 9:54 am

    Hi Janice,
    Got your blog through commentluv. And I am already using Grammarly and its really an amazing tool , it saves me from making many mistakes. And i must appreciate your skills of writing and also this post your has helped me to learn some extra things about grammarly.
    thanks

    Robin
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    • Janice Wald at 12:34 pm

      Hi Robin,
      I’ve begun using Grammarly in earnest since I published the article. I already love it! Thank you for writing with your testimonial that it’s a good browser extention.
      Thanks also for telling me how you found my blog. I always wonder.
      I am glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for the visit. I am off to the dentist. When I return home, I will visit your blog.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald at 2:29 am

      Hi Sarah,
      So happy to be able to help! I have finally started to use it in earnest the last day or two. I’m actually finding it fun, and it’s a grammar checker! It’s actually checking my grammar right now as I type to you. So far no errors! =) Thanks for coming by.
      I often have tutorials about how technology helps bloggers on my site.
      Thanks for the visit and for writing me.
      Janice
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  12. Just Plain Marie at 5:23 am

    I’ll confess that I only really know Grammarly from the really cute grammar memes they share on Facebook! “Let’s eat Grandma” vs “Let’s eat, Grandma” – grammar saves lives.

    I’ve never struggled with grammar or spelling, but I know that it’s very difficult for many people. It sounds like a very useful app. Plus, you know, really cute grammar memes. 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing at The Blogger’s Pit Stop.
    – Marie, Blogger’s Pit Stop crew
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  13. Maria Fernandes at 5:55 am

    Hi! So useful! I make mistakes all the time! I learned English language in Highschool. I was good at it, one of the best students of my class! But after school there was not many opportunities to use it. A few years after university I used it as work language for international projects I had or in my trips abroad. As I started to sell my illustrations via POD services English proved to be indispensable. That’s when I started to blog also in English. I will install Grammarly right away! Thank you! #PitStop
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  16. Chris Grammarly Discount at 5:35 am

    Hello,
    Thanks a lot for this detailed post.
    I have been using Grammarly for a while now. So far it is good. Being a freelance writer, I need to ensure that my articles contain no mistakes. Manual proofreading kills time. So, Grammarly saves a lot of time.
    Plus, it has got a plagiarism checker. Wow, with that I am able to check for plagiarism.
    Thanks again.
    Regards,
    Chris

  17. Joyce K. Walters at 6:50 pm

    I found the article about Grammarly very interesting. This is the first time I have heard about this extension. I am definitely going to try it. I am interested in the version for Windows. I have a blog and am working on my second book. Surely wish that I would have known about this option a few years ago.
    Thanks.
    linesoflisteningblog

    • Janice Wald at 6:56 pm

      Hi Joyce,
      Thanks for writing me. I couldn’t get by without Grammarly, no exaggeration. I am a teacher; I have it in my classroom on all my computers for my yearbook students and in my house on all my computers for when I blog.
      Janice

  18. Muhammad Ammar Yasir at 5:23 am

    Good Janice. Indeed Grammarly is the best choice and I also use Grammarly. But I have seen that most people can’t afford Grammarly, so they look for something efficient like Grammarly and its like software. I have seen this behavior of users, especially from Pakistan and India. They always ask for Grammarly in Facebook Groups because they can’t afford.

    But I have found a better solution for all those people and have recently collected all the best grammar checkers like Grammarly which are both cheap and qualitative at one place.

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