I like a good spell checker. Because I have some bad spelling habits. Also, it’s tempting to skimp on proofreading when time exerts its pressure. Similarly, a grammar checker helps me avoid glaring errors that I should have spotted.
Unfortunately, grammar checkers struggle with language just as much as I do. So I don’t expect perfection. But I’m getting fed-up with the graceless, grasping tactics of my current spell & grammar checker.
Now it’s time for me to research alternatives to Grammarly. But before I do that I need to prepare myself with a list of the things I like and loathe.
Keith’s Grammarly Likes
- Easy to use.
- Good integration with WordPress text editor.
- Good integration with most online forms.
- British & American spelling.
- Custom dictionary in the cloud.
Keith’s Grammarly Loathes
- Extortionate paid version cost.
- Relentless nags to upgrade.
- Inability to recognise tautology as emphasis.
- Persistent flagging of ignored suggestions.
Potential Grammarly Alternatives
I’m going to prepare a list of alternatives here. Then I’ll take my time to work with each for as many days as I can stand. Before reporting back with reviews. Importantly, I realise I might have to accept the Grammarly shortcomings and focus on ways to minimise them. But I don’t expect to find the perfect grammar checker. Just something that doesn’t try to replace my long-held bad habits with new bad habits. See Grammarly Can’t Fix Our Writing for a clearer understanding of Grammarly failings.
To start, I’ll look at grammar checkers listed in the Extensions section of the Chrome Web Store. Because that gives me a direct comparison with how I use Grammarly. Note that I have not included all the search results as the list is too long. But here are the top suggestions:
- Grammar and Spell Checker – LanguageTool
- Check your texts for spelling and grammar problems everywhere on the web
- Sapling Grammar Checker and Writing Assistant
- Improve your writing with a spell + grammar checker and writing suggestions.
- Grammar and Spelling checker by Ginger
- Improve your English communication with Ginger’s #1 spelling and grammar checker!
- ComposAI Grammar and Spell Checker
- Multilingual AI grammar and spell checker for Google Docs, Gmail, and your favorite sites.
- Spell checker and Grammar checker by Scribens
- A powerful, free spelling and grammar checker. Scribens corrects 250 types of grammar mistakes. English and French.
- Grammar Checker
- Grammar, spelling and style checker. Get suggestions on writing improvements
- The best writing style and grammar checker for everything you send, share, tweet or publish.
- Artificially intelligent proofreading anywhere you write!
- My Grammar Check
- Check your texts for style and grammar problems everywhere on the web
- Linguix Grammar and Spell Checker
- Linguix is the best way to find and eliminate spelling issues in your English texts anywhere on the web.
Your Grammarly Alternatives
When I’ve finished researching Grammarly alternatives I’ll leave you with ways to choose the tools that work best for you. In the meantime, I hope you’ll share your stories of spellcheckers and grammar analysers. Please tell me in the Feedback Form below.