Grammarly is a plugin for Microsoft Word and Outlook that does what the name implies, checks your grammar.
Grammarly Microsoft Word & Outlook Plugin
After you install the extension, this little green icon will show up in your browser’s toolbar. Click on the G and you can turn grammar checking on or off and specify which form of English you use.
In order to use Grammarly, you’ll need to sign up for a free account. All it takes is your name, an email address, and password.
After that, you can sign into the browser extension and Grammarly will work anywhere across the web: Online comments, social media, within WordPress and Gmail. Pretty much anywhere. It will check for spelling and grammar and provide guidance when you’ve made an error.
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Be careful using it within content management systems, however. I had it on while writing the post and when I checked on some errors, it stripped out all the embed code I had placed for the YouTube videos on this page.
This hands-on demonstration shows you how the plugin version of Grammarly works.
Grammarly Web App
The free version also gives you access to a web-based writing app where you can upload documents for review or create your own documents from scratch.
Here’s an example of the web app in action. I uploaded an article from a Minnesota Vikings beat reporter who, because I follow the Vikings closely, I’ve noticed has consistently horrible grammar.
Why is this important, beyond my English-major snobbery?
- The quality of writing can reflect positively or poorly on your company, your brand, or yourself.
- If your writing is confusing, it frustrates the reader.
- If your writing is inelegant or awkward due to grammatical errors, it betrays a lack of professionalism that reflects poorly on the author.
- If your copy is grammatically incorrect, it could be a negative signal to search engines like Google that the content is of poor quality. That may, in turn, contribute to suppressing your content in search results.
Unfortunately, there is no Grammarly plugin for the real world. We’ll have to leave that feature up to Weird Al Yankovic:
Bonus Weird Al Video: Word Crimes
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