Way back in 2013, I was invited to write a review
of the online grammar checker, Grammarly. I was paid by Grammarly directly to
write this blog, with the only requirement being that I had to open with the
phrase ‘I use Grammarly’s free online grammar check because…’ At the time, I
found Grammarly to be a fairly useful tool, though I did raise several concerns
including the academic implications of plagiarism checkers, and the danger of Grammarly
becoming a crutch for weaker writers.
Now, six years on, I find cause to revisit my original
review of Grammarly, and reiterate many of my original concerns as Grammarly continues
to expand its reach.
“I use Grammarly’s free online grammar check because even the best writers make missed stakes.”
I recently stumbled across Grammarly, a tool that claims to be “The World’s Best Grammar Checker”. According to the website, Grammarly is “an automated proofreader and your personal grammar coach” that corrects “up to 10 times” more mistakes than many of the most popular word processor packages. Bold claims indeed, though such powers of proofreading do not come cheap. At the time of writing Grammarly is charging $29.95 per month, or $139.95 for a whole year. That’s £18.56 per month or £86.74 per year for users based in the UK.
But is the system any good? Come to that, can any automated proofreader really substitute for a bit of good old-fashioned honest toil? Continue reading