Grammarly Is Not Always Right

@bagarad (12838)
Paso Robles, California
March 13, 2017 11:41pm CST
I have mixed feelings about using Grammarly. Having it loaded makes my pages load more slowly. It is awkward to use. It tells me, for example, that I need to change a word, and then it makes it hard for me to get into the word to change it. The only time I like it is when it catches a typo and offers me the option of clicking on a correctly spelled word to fix it. When is it wrong? When it only seems to see the word directly before a verb or noun and then tells me I'm not agreeing with it. That's just one example. If I were to apply some of its corrections I would be wrong. But I just made one mistake it didn't even catch. Good thing I already caught it myself and corrected it. What Grammarly really hates is when I leave an extra space between words. It constantly sends me back to delete spaces. It annoys me. I use the free version. So far I haven't seen enough to convince me a paid version would be an improvement. Do you use Grammarly? If so, the free version or the paid? How do you like it? Have you ever seen it make a mistake? I think it might help students of English as a Foreign Language if they only write simple sentences. Grammarly is less useful if you write complex sentences with lots of phrases that act as nouns or verbs.
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@allknowing (70699)
• India
14 Mar 17
I had it but removed it for the same reason that you have mentioned.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Mar 17
Do you miss it?
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@allknowing (70699)
• India
14 Mar 17
@bagarad I do not miss it as my browser has one. I am prone to typos and the red line is my saviour (lol)
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
15 Mar 17
@allknowing I'm pretty fond of that red line myself.
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@Mike197602 (13927)
• United Kingdom
14 Mar 17
Never heard of it but I'll certainly be looking at it. I do sometimes write colloquial English so maybe it'd pick that up as a mistake.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
15 Mar 17
Grammarly is very fussy. It might, indeed, not like colloquial English. It's always really fussy about word order. It's constantly correcting me for saying "I would never" or "I never would." I don't remember which is correct. It didn't bother to correct any of my mistakes in this comment, but it's spinning in the comment box corner as though it's trying to. I checked a few of my grammar books, but they didn't shed much light on this, either.
@dramagirl26 (3333)
• Ringgold, Virginia
14 Mar 17
I've never used Grammarly, I mostly rely on Microsoft Word spell checker along with my gut instinct.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Mar 17
That probably works better. I don't use Word anymore, but I use a similar free program now.
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• United States
14 Mar 17
I don't use that program since my computer room is filled with books, two of them being a dictionary and thesaurus
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Mar 17
I don't lie the inconvenience of having to stop and look things up, but I also have more than a few of these reference books on my shelves.
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• United States
15 Mar 17
@bagarad ooh I enjoy that wonderful so called inconvenience cause it keeps the brain alive and me active, looking for it
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
15 Mar 17
@enlightenedpsych2 I do use them, but I know when I need to use them. I practically reread Elements of Style tonight while responding to someone on this post. It didn't explain whatever Grammarly wanted to tell me. I used to be an English teacher, for goodness sakes, and I often think this program makes mistakes because it can't deal with individual writing styles.
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@LadyDuck (182256)
• Switzerland
14 Mar 17
I have turned of the free Grammarly, I use the built in spelling checker of Chrome.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Mar 17
That works most of the time but doesn't catch words that sound alike and are spelled differently.
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@LadyDuck (182256)
• Switzerland
16 Mar 17
@bagarad Well, I usually read what I have typed before submitting.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
16 Mar 17
@LadyDuck Smart lady! Human intelligence beats programmed intelligence every time.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Mar 17
I don't use it at all but perhaps it is useful to some.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Mar 17
It's probably most useful to those who have trouble with English. They probably are the ones who make the most sentence errors, usage, and spelling mistakes.
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@andriaperry (61110)
• Anniston, Alabama
14 Mar 17
No I dont and I like my typo`s, it makes a good conversation
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Mar 17
So I see.
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@sharon6345 (142132)
• United States
14 Mar 17
I know the same thing you do. I use it everyday. I just hate how it keeps saying sign in when I never sign out.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Mar 17
Mine never asks me to sign in.