The editing software I use is Grammarly. Yes, even native speakers of English and editors like me use editing software! In this post, I will discuss why and how I use Grammarly. Also, I will compare the free versus the paid version in simple terms.
Proofreading Academic Assignments
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First, I read through the entire document and correct all the apparent errors myself. I don’t use Grammarly on my first edit of the assignment because I like to read the paper myself to clearly understand the student’s research and writing style myself first since I’m not the author of the text. Besides, there are usually so many basic errors that, as an experienced proofreader, I don’t need Grammarly to tell me 100% of the mistakes the student has written.
For my second edit, however, I turn Grammarly on. I have this installed in Microsoft Word. I then manually go through the entire document with Grammarly’s proposed changes visible down the right side of the text, to catch all the less obvious mistakes I missed.
Finally, I like to read through the whole assignment one final time just to make sure every ESL mistake has been addressed. Call it OCD, but I want my clients to get the best possible grades they can.
For Everyday Use
I don’t only have Grammarly installed on MS Word. I also have it installed on my MS Windows OS, Google Chrome browser and I have the Grammarly keyboard app installed on my iPhone. In total, that’s four different installations.
Basically, Grammarly checks everything I type, including all my:
- Website articles
- Posts and comments on social media
- Text messages
Free vs Premium Versions
Personally, I use the premium annual plan which is U.S. $11.66 per month only. Considering I use it every day in so many different areas of my life, it’s worth it. No doubt it’s of higher value though to international students and other people whose second language is English.
Advanced Error Checking
The free version offers a grammar and spelling check which is similar to most free proofreading software such as that already embedded in MS Word (correction: MS Word isn’t free). The paid version offers a much more advanced check, however, including punctuation, grammar, context, and sentence structure.
Editing Example 1
Editing Example 2
33 Writing Styles to Choose from
The paid version also your writing style, with 33 writing styles to choose from (i.e. is your written language of an appropriate academic writing style for a dissertation?) and suggests language enhancements accordingly.
16 billion Web Pages Scanned for Plagiarism
Finally, the paid version also cross checks your written assignment against more than 16 billion web pages for plagiarism and warns you if any potential plagiarism is detected.
Summary of Free vs Premium Versions
|Critical grammar and spelling checks|
|Advanced checks for punctuation, grammar, context, and sentence structure|
|Vocabulary enhancement suggestions|
|Genre-specific writing style checks|
|Plagiarism detector that checks more than 16 billion web pages|
This article was proofread with Grammarly.