You are required to write professional content, free of typos, grammar, spelling, or punctuation mistakes. Therefore, our team uses Grammarly, which is a powerful tool that helps you avoid such mistakes and, additionally, provides some other useful features.
This article guides you on how to install and use Grammarly and also discusses some of its most valuable features that you will use.
Important: While we strongly recommend the usage of Grammarly, keep in mind that it is just a tool that aids reaching our goal of writing professional and flawless articles, but it might not flag every single mistake, or it might flag as a mistake something that is actually correct (e.g., product-specific terms or abbreviations). Therefore, you should not follow Grammarly's suggestions blindly but carefully proofread your articles and use your own judgment to detect what Grammarly misses.
To get started, follow the steps below:
- Create a Grammarly account. You can also log in using your Google or Facebook account.
- Install the free Grammarly browser extension. It is available for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge and will help you write correctly on nearly every site on the web.
Alternatively, you can copy and paste any English text into the Grammarly Editor.
- (Optional) Download Grammarly for Microsoft® Office on Windows.
- (Optional) Install the Grammarly app for iOS or Android.
- (Optional) To experience the full power of Grammarly, upgrade to Grammarly Premium, which is available for a monthly or annual payment.
Grammarly’s algorithms flag potential issues in the text and suggest context-specific corrections for grammar, spelling, wordiness, style, punctuation, and even plagiarism. Grammarly explains the reasoning behind each correction, so you can make an informed decision about whether, and how, to correct an issue.
Checking and Correcting Your Text
If the Grammarly browser extension is installed and enabled, this is how it works:
- When Grammarly flags an incorrect word or phrase, it underlines it with red.
- Hover your cursor over it to see the correction suggestions.
- Now you have three options:
- Click on the desired suggestion to replace the word or phrase.
- Click on Ignore if you want to leave it as-is and remove the red line.
- Click on See more in Grammarly to open it in Grammarly's expanded view.
Then click on the three dots (More) to check the explanation provided by Grammarly.
One of the valuable Grammarly features is to show synonyms by just double-clicking on a word.
To enable or disable this feature:
- Click on the Grammarly icon in the top-left corner of your browser.
- Toggle Show definitions and synonyms via double clicks (all sites).
Definition of Words
While browsing, if you double-click on a word on a web page, Grammarly displays the definition of that word.
Writing Style and Tone
Another great feature of Grammarly is that it allows you to set your goals by clicking on Goals on the right side of the Grammarly Editor.
As a general rule, your articles should be concise, clear, formal, written in a neutral, confident tone. Their purpose is to inform and instruct; therefore, use the expository writing style, which may include quotes, links, citations for sources, and tables and charts to highlight key data points. Expository writing that involves instructions ideally keeps them brief and easy to understand - and may include illustrations or screenshots.
Your Performance score tells you how accurate your document is based on the total word count, and the number and types of writing issues detected, compared to documents written by other Grammarly users who set the same goals you did.
Grammarly Premium is a paid upgrade that offers over 400 types of checks and features and helps you elevate the quality of your writing. It checks for grammatical errors, provides vocabulary enhancement suggestions, detects plagiarism, and provides citation suggestions.
See below a side-by-side comparison between the free and the premium account:
See below an example of checks available only when using the Premium account:
|Tip: When clicking on Grammarly's icon from the bottom of the text, the extended view is opened, which shows additional items flagged by Grammarly.|
- Read some tips on how to avoid some of the most common grammar and punctuation mistakes.
- For additional grammar tips, please visit the Grammarly Handbook, where you can find many articles with useful grammar lessons.
- Also, read some writing tips from the Grammarly Blog.