Whether you’re a regular reader of this blog, just stop in once and a while, or are here only because you found this very post through a search engine, you’ll notice that a good amount of the posts are dedicated to freelance writing and editing. Those two niches (with transcription being a close third) are the ones that I’ve had the most experience in – mostly as a writer getting editED as opposed to doing the actual editING.
Please note that while yes, I’m being compensated for this post, that fact has no bearing on my opinions or research which are (and always will be!) written with complete honesty.
I confess that I’m a bit of a renegade when it comes to obeying style guides. For example, I think the Oxford comma is necessary no matter what. If I start a sentence with “so,” then 99% of the time there’s going to be a comma after it. I prefer to use numerals for numbers under 10, simply because it’s more straightforward. The way I see it, there are far more important things to pay attention to, like overall grammar, spelling, and (gasp!) plagiarism.
Grammarly is something that I’ve been aware of for some time. It seems to be this ever-present figment in the form of witty graphics whenever I’m looking up a writing or editing-related resource. However, as it’s now gotten to the point where people actually mention it in conversations, the I-should-probably-know-more-about-this-than-I-do button has officially been activated.
A Brief History
In 2009, Alex Shevchenko and Max Lytvyn, both 28 years old at the time, founded Grammarly, a software program dedicated to improving how people write in the English language. Alex had received his undergraduate degree from Vienna, Austria, then went on to earn his MBA at the University of Toronto. Max earned his undergraduate degree in the Ukraine, then his MBA from Vanderbilt University.
It’s no wonder, then, that Grammarly has gone on to be such a success. We all know that successful companies are ones that streamline problem solving solutions with intelligence, and a high degree of relatability.
- You can learn more about Grammarly’s early days via Cheryl Conner’s article for Forbes, “I Don’t Tolerate Poor Grammar”
More Than Its Name
Don’t for a moment think that Grammarly only checks small issues like spelling and punctuation. This tool checks for hundreds of the little idosyncracies that can pollute what is otherwise perfectly good writing. Grammarly is available as a plugin on popular browsers Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge, as an iOs and Android app, and can even be integrated into Microsoft office.
- Grammarly’s website is incredibly comprehensive, as is to be expected, with an extensive support section that, in my opinion, leaves no question unanswered.
- For detailed information about Grammarly’s offerings, be sure to visit this page.
There are both free and paid versions; here, you can see Grammarly’s side-by-side comparison of their respective features:
Although the prevalence of acronyms might indicate otherwise, I would argue that far more people than not are interested in clearly conveying their thoughts professionally and personally. Too many people have beautiful ideas that they hesitate to share because they don’t think their writing is good enough. English is filled with little curveballs for everyone, no matter their fluency level! Grammarly is exceptional, then, in that through its corrective techniques, it allows so much potential to truly shine through.
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