Updated: May 9, 2022
Some people might be familiar with spell checker programs. There are plenty of writer tools out there that helps you with proofreading and today, I will be discussing the pros and cons of Grammarly Premium to help you decide if it is worth getting it for yourself.
The above image is an example of how Grammarly premium works. If you downloaded the free version, you might be unfamiliar with the colourful underlines that appear once you go premium.
This is taken from Grammarly itself. If you are a writer, consider getting an upgrade with your software proofreader. It helps to pick up mistakes that even English Majors would argue about.
A very good example was how Grammarly detected that I was writing in UK English and highlighted that "percent" is not the UK preferred way of writing. Instead, it should be "per cent". Of course, I ditched its suggestion. "Percent" has become part of my writing style and it is too late to change it now.
One feature I would love to highlight is the thesaurus ability. If I highlight a word, Grammarly can help to suggest several other words of similar meanings for me to use while I am writing.
If you are curious about the in-depth details of how Grammarly Premium works, you can watch my video of me testing this live on Youtube here.
This is the pricing chart as of Jan 2021. Grammarly could change this so do check carefully. Also, I got mine at almost 50% off so I didn't pay the full price for annual subscriptions. The discounts Grammarly usually gives are only for first-time premium users. Any extension is charged at the full price although you may cancel the renewal at any time before it does.
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For the price point, is Grammarly premium worth getting? I won't say that Grammarly is the perfect spellchecker or digital writing assistant. However, this can be your best friend especially if you do not have beta readers or proofreaders if you are on a shoe-string budget. Alternatively, you could hire someone with Grammarly premium to proofread for you using their Grammarly premium account for a low one-time fee on Fiverr like me! Click here to visit my gig :)
You can save a lot of time and money on proofreaders with Grammarly although I would still advise checking your manuscript/work even after running it through Grammarly. I can never stress the importance of running it through a second checker. Grammarly is rather advanced but it doesn't catch everything.
You might be interested in: My Editing Process For A Mass Release.
Final conclusion: Yes, it is worth it for me even if can get pricey without discounts.
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