I decided to check out Grammerly.com this week because of its uses in an English class. To be honest, I consider it cheating. However, it is right up my line of work. Here is the beginning:
The free version offers to help with basic grammar. It also adds an extension to your toolbar:
Interestingly, grammerly immediately starts editing all of your writing – for instance it added a red line under the word grammerly in this sentence because I did not capitalize it – as an example. If the mouse is hovered over the word, the correction or ignore suggestions are offered.
I downloaded one of my student’s papers that I had already graded and knew all the grammar issues. Grammerly.com made four suggestions for free. I had found probably 30 total mistakes. Grammerly then offered to let me upgrade to find the rest:
The cost is pretty expensive – an annual membership costs $11.99 for a 12 month commitment. If someone wanted to just join briefly to fix one paper, it would cost $29.95. As an English teacher then, I am feeling quite reassured that my job is safe. Grammerly.com is not going to replace me! Considering Word will do about the same amount of corrections without adding an extension, having to sign up for emails, or being solicited for memberships – I think typing one’s paper on Word and submitting or then moving it to Google Docs to share is probably less hassle. As a teacher, I believe learning the basics of grammar the old fashioned way is a much better alternative.