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Meet Grammarly, My New Favourite Tool For Editing

Meet Grammarly, My New Favourite Tool For Editing

If you’ve been on this blog for some time, you’ll know I’m a fan of excellent written works.

I’ve advocated cutting cancerous parts from your pieces, shared practical editing tips, suggested writers should get editors, and I even went as far as saying every editor also needs an editor.

But the sad truth is:

  • Not every writer can find or even afford a professional editor.
  • You’ll sometimes write a piece very close to the deadline and have no time to refer it to an editor
  • An (unprofessional) editor could do you a shoddy job and have you believe your piece is now error-free

Good news is: these problems are now solved.

…enter Grammarly, my new favourite writing editor.

But what exactly is Grammarly?

Grammarly is an online tool that helps writers edit their written works. It corrects contextual spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and style.

It’s premium service. That means you have to pay for it to enjoy the amazing features it provides and give your writing a boost.

But because the taste of the pudding is in the eating, Grammarly has a free trial. This allows you to test-run it free. After that, you can decide what to do:

  • To cancel your account and not pay any fees
  • To make payment and continue to enjoy the great features

How I use Grammarly

I had thought my writing was error-free. Until I found Grammarly.

Since I’ve discovered Grammarly, when I write a blog post, essay contest entry or even a manuscript, I upload it to Grammarly and have all the pesky errors fished out for me.

Grammarly allows me to create a new document (i.e. copy and paste from MS Word) or upload a file I have earlier saved on my PC in .txt, .doc, .docx or .rtf format.


Once I paste or upload my document, Grammarly swings into action automatically and checks my work, line by line.

Within few seconds, Grammarly highlights the errors in my work in red colour and shows the needed corrections in green colour.


For an error, I’m given four options so I can decide how I want to proceed:

  1. I can click the correction shown in green colour and have Grammarly help me slot it into the document.
  2. I can click the small “V” button to see the details of the error and the correction.Grammarly
  3. I can click the small “X” button to ignore the error. This might be useful, for instance, where I use a non-English word and Grammarly highlights it as an error.
  4. I can click the “+” button to add the word to my Grammarly account dictionary. Once I do this, Grammarly will never highlight the word as an error again.

I like to read the details of each error first (option two above) and then apply the correction to the document. And if I change my mind about a correction I’ve already applied, I simply click “Undo” and Grammarly does the magic.


Grammarly saves my work each step in the process so that if my PC goes off or something goes wrong, I won’t have to start from scratch again.

After applying all the corrections with simple clicks of the mouse, I can copy the text and paste it back into MS Word or download the document straight away.

My love affair with Grammarly

In my writing career, I’ve come across and experimented with many software that aid writing – idea-generating software, writing software, editing software and proofreading software – and I’ve never been as excited about any of them as I am with Grammarly.

It’s a magical piece of software anyone who writes anything should possess.

If you’re a writer, make it your editor. If you’re a student, use it to get better grades. If you’re a job applicant or contractor, it can make your application stand out. If you’re a blogger, it can make your readers consume your work better. If you’re an author, it can make your publisher love you.

And if you’re a freelance writer or editor, it can make your clients totally fall in love with your works. And you know what that means? A flood of revenue into your bank account.

Grammarly also does not make the assumption that all writings are of the same type. From the dashboard, you have the option to choose the type of writing you want to edit – academic, technical, medical, business, creative or casual – so that Grammarly suggests corrections to refine your work in line with the chosen category.


Grammarly also has a plagiarism checker right from the account dashboard, but I’ve never used this. I hope to use it henceforth to scan guest posts submitted to me, and I’ll let you know if Grammarly does a good job in that regard when I try it.

This plagiarism checker should be especially useful to magazine editors, lecturers and those who hire freelance writers. If you’re one of them, it should help you sift the serious writers from the dubious ones.

That’s it. Grammarly works for me.

To try it free…

…click here to go to Grammarly website.

Question: Have you tried Grammarly? What’s your experience with it? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  1. Love this! Many thanks!

  2. hi Coach,

    Grammarly is really cool. I tryed it tonight, and surprisingly it detected about 17 issues from a stuff i wrote; scoring it 80 of 100. while the other according to grammarly had 8 issues; with a score of 91 of 100 and plariarism free.

    Thanks for sharing this piece. planning to get the complete version asap.

    You rock Coach!

  3. Grammarly is undoubtedly the best proofreader out there, they even have free Addons that you can install to your browser and would help with basic editing of anything you write on the web.

    But when I don’t have a budget I use 1checker; it’s a free proofreader. Being free means it does not do as good a job as Grammarly but it still helps me pick out a few errors here and there.

    Thanks for the info Coach.

  4. good 1 bro.
    I will try it. thanks for sharing dis great stuff.
    God bless.

  5. henry akpene says:

    I could not found the free trial on the Grammarly website . Please , how could I find it .

  6. Salam,

    i enjoyed the write up on Grammarly. Thank you. i want you to suggest the best app i can use for writing on my laptop. Or better still, how should i go about using laptop to write. i still love the traditional way- pen & paper. But to check for errors after writing i need to use the computer.

    i await your reply earnestly.

  7. Admin I could not sign up to grammarly because it didn’t display anything like that on the website. What do I do?

  8. Seems isn’t mobile friendly

  9. Yes, I have been using grammarly for some time and the I must say that it is a tool every writer and blogger should get hold of. Thanks for introducing such a nice tool to your readers, you are really doing a great job here. I love your blog.

  10. Chinedu Ngwu says:

    Yes, I have been using grammarly for some time and the I must say that it is a tool every writer and blogger should get hold of. Thanks for introducing such a nice tool to your readers, you are really doing a great job here. I love your blog

  11. Ayopo Yobolus says:

    It doesn’t work on tablets and mobile phones. Don’t have a PC at moment. Thanks all the same.

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