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
ProWritingAid
The best writing style and grammar checker for everything you send, share, tweet or publish.
GradeProof
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.

How well do you know your grammar?

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.

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This article has 2 comments

  1. I’m now aware of a related market study from Fior Markets. Global Grammar Checker Software Market Growth (Status and Outlook) 2019-2024 defines the top players as:

    • Grammarly
    • Reverso
    • Ginger Software
    • WhiteSmoke
    • LanguageTool
    • PaperRater
    • ProWritingAid
    • AutoCrit
    • Scribens
    • Sentence Checker

    It’s good to see LanguageTool in the list. Because it’s the tool that I’m testing now. Being the top recommendation from Chrome Web Store.

    Initially, I was surprised to see that most grammar checker comparison reviews fail to mention LanguageTool. Until I realised that most grammar checker comparison reviews are sponsored by Grammarly directly or through its affiliate program. Or they are articles based on those biased reviews that “authors” have failed to research properly.

    It’s a murky world when you start to investigate Grammarly marketing practices. Which I’ll explain more thoroughly as my research progresses. [Hint #1: Academia – you need more care in your choice of plagiarism detection tools. Students beware!]

  2. In a review of 4 tools for learning English online, Study International notes:

    The danger of Grammarly is that it may become addictive. Once you start opting for alternative phrases and words, you’ll stop paying attention to your writing style and depend on the service for advice.

    Yet, this may also work in your favour as Grammarly consistently points out your mistakes, so you’ll learn not to repeat them in future essays, projects and general life musings!

    This presents another research avenue for me. Especially as I was considering recommending Grammarly as an English learning tool. Until I realised that it can only work in a tutored environment. I.e. it isn’t suitable for self-teaching. Because the good habits that this reviewer suggests are more than outweighed by the bad habits that Grammarly recommendations will encourage.

    So I doubt there’s an automated way to learn English online. But I’m going to enjoy researching the other 3 suggestions.

    Please let me know your thoughts about online English Learning tools. Because that will prompt me to prioritise this research project more urgently.

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