Grammarly: The New Sheriff Of Grammar Town

Welcome Nikolas Baron of Grammarly, here to share the highlights of a grammar program designed to help writers create their best work and show how to check plagiarism!

Dark&StormyNight_OpNot so long ago, spellcheckers were the only grammar police in town. As you typed in your word processing program, the spellchecker was there to watch for criminal spelling offenses. Sometimes, it would detect minor grammatical faults. As much as we tried to obey by the laws of conventional grammar, the spellchecker has caught us all in a mistake at one time or another. Did you transpose a few letters as you typed in haste? Did you ever guess incorrectly how to spell a tricky word? Whatever the flaw, you knew you were caught when red squiggly lines appeared on the scene.

Model citizens of the writing world admit: Spelling gaffes are the tip of the iceberg. Writers acknowledge other problems – comma splices, squinting modifiers, and sentence fragments are just a few of the miscreants that haunt our documents. We blunder English grammar and unintentionally plagiarize. We need more help than the squiggly lines can give us! Thankfully, there is a new product called Grammarly that can fill our needs. It goes far beyond the capabilities of traditional spellcheckers. I have worked for the company that produces this product for a while now, and I have been taking notes. Let me explain a few unique features of Grammarly.

The Words You Cannot Think Of
Grammarly does more than identify misspelled words. There is a synonym tab on the left side of the screen. Click it, and you will see blue dotted lines underneath the majority of the words in your essay. Selecting one will display a number of synonyms. In this essay, I chose “click” to see what suggestions would be offered. Grammarly provided two definitions, and synonyms for each. This is a great feature when you are writing because you do not need to stop the writing process  to search for a thesaurus.

Different Writing Styles
Grammarly acknowledges that a business memo would require a different level of writing than a personal letter. When you check a document, you have the option to select which style of writing it is. There are six categories: General (default), Business, Academic, Technical, Creative, and Casual.

Detect Plagiarism
Academic papers must be scrutinized for plagiarism. Some universities use software programs to detect if a document is original. Before taking a risk that they have not successfully reworded content from sources, students can now use Grammarly to run a plagiarism check. Grammarly can alert them of potential problem areas, and students can rewrite that section of text.

MS Word Compatibility
Grammarly includes a plug-in for MS Word. Without leaving your Word document, you can use the Grammarly program to check for grammar and spelling issues, search for synonyms, or avoid plagiarism.

The Whys And Hows
Have you ever known that a certain point of grammar was wrong, but you were not sure how to fix it? Grammarly cuts out the guesswork by providing example sentences with correct and incorrect uses. If you need more explanation, you can visit the Grammarly Answers website. On this forum, you can post a question or ask for clarification. Usually within hours, your question is answered by an expert grammarian.

Grammar help is here. Why not try it for free? You can request a free trial of Grammarly by visiting You can even proofread in the dead of the night without feeling fear! Within a few months, you may begin to make fewer errors as you benefit from its examples. As a great grammar sheriff, Grammarly is there to serve your writing needs and to protect your documents from typos and dangling modifiers.

Nikolas Baron discovered his love for the written word in Elementary School, where he started spending his afternoons sprawled across the living room floor devouring one Marc Brown childrens’ novel after the other and writing short stories about daring pirate adventures. After acquiring some experience in various marketing, business development, and hiring roles at internet startups in a few different countries, he decided to re-unite his professional life with his childhood passions by joining Grammarly’s marketing team in San Francisco. He has the pleasure of being tasked with talking to writers, bloggers, teachers, and others about how they use Grammarly’s online proofreading application to improve their writing. His free time is spent biking, travelling, and reading.

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7 Responses to Grammarly: The New Sheriff Of Grammar Town

  1. Onisha Elllis February 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    How can an author be sure their work won’t fall prey to plagiarism by using a public site?

    • Molly Greene February 3, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

      Good question, Onisha! You’d have to research the integrity of any platform – including sites like Wattpad – to be sure you felt comfortable before you used it. Of course, when it comes right down to it, if got hacked we all run the possibility of losing our work.

  2. Belinda Pollard February 3, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    Sounds interesting, Molly. Like a spellchecker on steroids. But I guess the question is, does it work with Scrivener! 🙂

    • Molly Greene February 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

      Lol! I Googled it and don’t see an answer – I’ll ask Nikolas and let you know.

  3. Onisha Elllis February 3, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    Yes, it must work with Scrivener.

  4. Willena July 31, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    “Oh great,” I say sarcastically. “Just what I need, another platform that HELPS my students plagiarize.”

    “Before taking a risk that they have not successfully reworded content from sources, students can now use Grammarly to run a plagiarism check” & ” there is a synonym tab on the left side of the screen.” This is just what I want my students to do–“original” writing by synonym substitution.

    Ladies and gentlemen, plagiarism is not just stealing words, but stealing syntax and ideas, too. I think it might be better if students are encouraged to actually think and write their own thoughts.

    Sorry to beat up on your guest poster, Molly, but I’m in the middle of grading final essays for summer term, and I’m pissed off. “No, ma’am, that’s not plagiarized.” “Oh, yeah?” I reply. “Do you REALLY go around talking about ‘cutlasses’ all the time? I’ve never known you to wear a pirate costume to class.”