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Grammarly Lite Rocks!

grammmarGrammarly claims to be: The World’s Best Grammar Checker and I think that may be a valid claim. I have tested several grammar checkers previously and you can read about them here 5 free Grammar Checkers for Bloggers and Writers

Grammarly is an automated proofreader and your personal grammar coach. Correct up to 10 times more mistakes than popular word processors.

From emails, to business proposals, to social media updates, most people write every day. Grammarly can help. Choose from our monthly, quarterly, and annual subscription pricing plans.

  • Grammatical mistakes – Instantly find and correct over 250 types of grammatical mistakes.
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Today I began trying out the free Grammarly Lite – Smart Spellchecker 2.32 add-on for Firefox browsers. It can be used to write without mistakes on Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, Tumblr, Linkedin, and anywhere else on the Web. It features:

  • Contextual spell check – correct misspelled words and misused dictionary words (loose-lose, there-their-they’re, affect-effect, lie-lay).
  • Grammar check – check for misused articles, prepositions, capitalization, subject/verb agreement, modifier placement, and more
  • Punctuation correction – ensure correct use of commas, apostrophes, colons, dashes, and ending punctuation
  • Synonyms suggestion – access in-text contextual thesaurus to quickly find synonyms for any word
  • Dictionary & Thesaurus – use built-in smart dictionary to look up word definitions with one click.

Do you use an automated spell checker and/or grammar checker?

21 thoughts on “Grammarly Lite Rocks!

  1. I do try to use my own judgement, but sometimes hints are helpful. I use the Oxford guide to English Usage, a book, and a style guide I found in a second hand shop. In the seemingly vain hope that my grammar will improve. I find it annoying that browsers now ignore British English in favour of American. (I can see the red underline on favour) OpenOffice does have a British English option, I use that for proofing before I then read to proof. Mostly works I think.


  2. I have always used a spell checker but I am really challenged by good grammar. Thanks for pointing out how easy it is to obtain the Firefox add-on, I just downloaded it.

  3. I sometimes use the spell checker that comes with WordPress as it picks up typos quite well. There are variations in spelling and word usage, linguistic style etc between British and American English and most of these apps are based on American English.which is fine for American bloggers and those who use the American-English form of the language.

    Going off at a tangent here, I am always saddened and, I admit, a little irritated when commenters focus on my choice of words and complain that as an American they don’t understand or would use a different word. I never know quite what to say; in some cases I simply go back and edit the post and put the American version in brackets for their benefit, but I wonder if there is a case for having an American/British English translation button? After all, French readers don’t come on and complain that I haven’t written my blog post in French :)

    • When I first came online I used only British spellings. As they are also Canadian spellings and as many expatriated Brits live on the west coast here that was natural for me. However, I was raised on both sides of the 49th parallel and as time progressed I found it easier to switch to American spellings and word selections. Some Canadians are quite adamant about retaining the British form of the English language but I’m not. I can understand both so it matters not to me.

      • I don’t have difficulty understanding both forms either, but to write in American English would be odd, it may come though, language changes all the time. Incidentally I have just realised that nearly all OSX apps have a spelling checker option, and many of them have a grammar checker too. I have just never bothered to look :) I am going to tell my 84 year old Dad with failing eyesight and vast impatience to check them out, so your post really helped me to think about this, thank you !

        • Dear Joanna,
          I think in British (Canadian) English and that’s what my first drafts are like. Then I edit in American English. :)

          I’m glad to hear the OSX apps have those built-in and I’m sure your Dad will put them to good use.

          P.S. It’s been another very busy week for me in and out of labs, xrays and doctor’s offices. I quipped to my hubby that if this bad health stuff keeps up I’ll be needing an iPad like his, or an iPhone or laptop to use in medical waiting rooms.

  4. I use these tools where available, but if time allows, I rely on revisions and proofreading. I try to set a piece of writing aside for a day. When I come back to it with fresh eyes, all my errors are very obvious :)

    • Hi Tom,
      I use the same process you do. When my eyesight was stronger I could rely on my eyes alone to spot errors. Sadly, now I can’t do that any longer so these tools have become useful to me.

      • Timethief, your posts are insightful, essential, and impeccable. More power to you for finding the strength to overcome your challenges. I started using Grammarly Lite after reading your post, and I can easily say that it is one of the best plugins I have ever installed – *thank you!*

    • Hi there,
      Thanks so much for weighing in here. I just started using the free browser add-on and I like it a lot.

      I used to be excellent at spelling and grammar and I used to have excellent vision too but then I suffered a head injury and things changed for me. My optic nerve was damaged and I’m struggling more and more with my vision every day. I cannot see errors I make and rely on other bloggers to correct obvious errors when I comment. After the TBI (traumatic brain injury) the very mild and barely detectable dyslexia I had became pronounced. :( These annoyances, of course, suppresses my desire to comment at all. However, I am determined to blog on!

      • I read your posts and they are flawless! I would never had thought that you struggle because of the TBI. I struggle with my hearing; have lost most of it gradually throughout the years so writing for me is a way of communicating without trying so hard to “understand”. :) I will check out the add on. Thanks for the tip! ~ Marie

        • Hi again,
          I’m so sorry to hear about your hearing loss. In my case I am gaining acuity in my other senses and I do hope that’s the case with you as well. It’s a wonderful thing that online our disabilities are not usually evidenced. The sense of being on a level playing field with others, who are focusing on communicating clearly and kindly too is such a welcoming environment.

          P.S. My first day with the Grammarly add-on was a positive one. I like it. :) Do try the browser add-on because you can use it everywhere you go online.

  5. They’re priceless! Unless you have a Masters Degree who can remember every writing rule out there? But I find the real trick is finding a grammar checker that doesn’t mess with your prose too much. I write a lot of opinion articles and also have to adhere to AP Style guidelines so at times it can be a bit tricky.

    I’ve had a few articles checked by professional proofreading services and then by Grammarly. They are usually spot-on everytime. I highly recommend it!

    • Hi Joseph,
      Thanks so much for sharing your experience here. I have nothing but good things to say about Grammarly but then I’ve used it for only a few hours.

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