Have you heard of Grammarly?

According to its website, “Grammarly is the world’s leading automated proofreader. It checks for more than 250 types of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, enhances vocabulary usage, and suggests citations.”

And it’s free.

Or at least a version of it is free.

There are two ways to use the free version of this editing tool.

  • Upload the text you wish to check on the website. (Or you can use the grammar checker access offered by Jennifer Frost to paste text into a “check your text” box. Jennifer offers this option as part of her website of grammar tips and handy infographics to help remember the tips. Watch out for the “Deep Check” option which will take you to the Grammarly Premium version which has a cost.)
  • Download a free extension for Chrome or Safari that will check your text online as you type. The extension does not, however, check what you type offline, such as in Word documents.

There is a Premium version which comes at a subscription price ranging from $11.66 per month (if paid for annually) to $29.95 per month. If the Premium version looks like what you need, Grammarly offers a 30% discount for those who go through Jennifer’s website. Her website is also listed on the Resources page of the Guild’s website.

A caveat: no application to check grammar, spelling, or punctuation is foolproof. As an example, Grammarly highlighted the word “errors” and the comma that follows it in the first paragraph with the notation “improper comma between subject and verb.” Grammarly correctly notes the comma is between a noun and the verb that follows it, but the two words, “commas enhances,” are not subject and verb. Grammarly also offers the option to mark instances of apparent errors to be ignored.