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GRAMMARLY...anybody familiar with it?

Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:34 am
by DMW

Does anyone know anything about GRAMMARLY?

A website program that allows you to copy/paste your work, and then it will give you a critique/feedback on mistakes within it.

There is a monthly charge of, I think, $7 or so, dollars a month.

I belong to an amazing Buddy Group, and they help me tremdously, but having a program like this would keep me from driving them crazy.. :tongue

Or do any of you know of another program that does the same thing, but better/cheaper? even Free? (I love FREE)

, :thankssign in advance for your help.

Re: GRAMMARLY...anybody familiar with it?

Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:11 am
by Anja
I've not ever heard of Grammarly. (But I don't get out much. :wink: )

I'm sure you're not driving your buddy group crazy. That's what they're there for!

Re: GRAMMARLY...anybody familiar with it?

Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:23 pm
by DMW
:thankssign Anja!

You don't know just how bad I am at this stuff... :heehee

I wonder if my Buddies would agree with you? :wink: LOL

Thanks again,
Be blessed!

Re: GRAMMARLY...anybody familiar with it?

Posted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:34 am
by jo555
Appears we do have that in common but the nice folks here don't mind.
Thank God and thanks all.
I right there with a... :mrgreen:

Re: GRAMMARLY...anybody familiar with it?

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:54 am
by Jacky
I used grammarly for a bit. The thing to remember is that it is just checking grammar, and to check out what it is correcting in terms of your writing.

I prefer autocrit. However I just looked back at grammarly, and realised they do different things, so maybe they could be quite useful together.

I once wrote a booklet for a tutorial school that was edited by a woman who had perfect grammar. The trouble is, she made complete nonsense of the booklet, and in her wording the booklet was not suited to students of a tutorial school - leaving me and another person with the task of re-doing the book in a style to suit the students. I would imagine that is the effect of grammarly or autocrit. May help, may not, but better than not using them at all.

Of course a real life editor would be wonderful....


Re: GRAMMARLY...anybody familiar with it?

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:54 pm
by DMW
:thankssign for the info Jackie!

I have wonderful Challenge buddies, but I would like to do a little of work on my own, before giving to them for a final critique.

I'll check out Autocrit too.

Thanks again!

Re: GRAMMARLY...anybody familiar with it?

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:56 pm
by DMW
Oh..Jacky :oops: sorry for the spelling of your name wrong..

Re: GRAMMARLY...anybody familiar with it?

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:01 am
by Jacky
Somebody who spelled my name wrong thought it mattered..... :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

I have spent my life telling people about my name because it is spelt Jackalyn in full and you do not get that here in England. In fact I think the three other people with the name are on my facebook, and I have always been Jacky with a y in protest at my many Great Aunts and Uncles who for no apparent reason decided I was Jackie-Ann. Even the Vicar at my Christening tried to tell my parents they could not spell.

Both Autocrit and Grammarly have free options. That will not tell you how to correct anything, but if you are hard up it gives you some idea. On balance, I paid for autocrit. You do need to be sure that any program you use is looking at the kind of English you are writing in. American and English-English are just not the same. American and English spelling are also different at times.

The other thing that is useful is the add- on in Open Office, which I prefer to Word anyway. It gives you instant readability reports and so on which is very useful. I expect there is the same kind of thing in Word.

If you are using the KJV in your text it is best to take that out before you do the analysis as the programs will analyse that as well. Half the time, if I do not do that, then I find the problems the program is picking up is the wording of the KJV. Yesterday the Open Office add on seemed to be telling me the longest and worst sentence was one of my Bible favourites!

I wish there was a programme that looked at book formatting. When I finally get a template right in open office anyone who is on FW can have it for free. (Will work with LULU.)

I wish all these aids had been around and PC's too when I wrote my Anthropology dissertation! I can't think how I wrote all those words by hand, and without any 'helps' at all, apart from a Grammar text book. I am currently feeling very annoyed with someone writing their dissertation and thinking how hard it is. It would have been so easy with all these things to help, and I would not have had to ask the woman who typed it manually to go back and correct all the words she 'corrected' which were right in the first place!