Recently I've been involved in trying out some of the best grammar checking and proofreading tools like Grammarly, WhiteSmoke, and Ginger. As I've got to try these grammar checkers inside out, I thought of churning out this detailed post comparing the popular grammar checkers.
If you are currently in a dilemma choosing the best grammar checker tool, you are in the right place. I'll help you find the best tool that helps correct most of the grammatical and structural errors you make.
Before diving into the comparison, I would like to say that no automated proofreader apps are 100% perfect and can be a perfect substitute for a human proofreader. Even though your articles are checked by these grammar checking apps, it is essential to proofread them once manually.
Grammarly is used by most of the bloggers, writers, and students in the world. They claim to be the best grammar and proofreading tool in the world. Let's see how they stack up with their competitors.
Overview: The Grammarly works like that of Google Docs or any other online text editing software. There's a web app for the tool, where you can create documents and check for grammatical errors. The grammar engine and also the app in which you create content will be cloud-powered. The errors in the content will be marked as an underline.
To make the tool work seamlessly throughout the entire web, they've also got an extension for Chrome. Nevertheless, they also have an add-on for MS Word, if it's your favorite text editor on the go.
Review of the features of Grammarly
Here comes the important part. It's essential to know what are all the features that the tool comes with. Let's go into detail one-by-one.
Grammarly web app
You may know that Grammarly comes in with free version that has limited error detection capability. The free version is quite good at detecting common typos and most common grammatical errors like incorrect 's' form, etc. According to Grammarly, the free version has the ability to do 150 critical grammar and spelling checks.
- Genre-specific writing styles: While writing content on the web, depending upon the topic you are writing , the words you use and the structure of the sentences vary. Understanding this, Grammarly team has developed the option for choosing between multiple profiles like marketing, creative writing, script writing, ESL, job applicants, technical, medical and also blog posts. This feature enables the grammar checker to hunt for grammar and structural errors that are specific for a specific niche and context.
- Plagiarism checker: With Grammarly, there's no need of using another software for plagiarism detection. The pro version of Grammarly comes built-in with plagiarism detection engine that compares your piece of content with 8 billion web pages on the web. Nevertheless, the plagiarism checker is not as efficient as that of professional plagiarism checkers like Copyscape or TurnItIn.
- Vocabulary suggestion: Based on the content you are writing, Grammarly turns out to be clever at offering your context-specific vocabulary and word choice suggestions. I personally find this feature very helpful as I write more marketing related stuff on my blogs. In marketing right words are the power!
As I said earlier, the browser extension for Grammarly is also available. This extension integrates with the text input fields that you come across the web, and corrects you on the go. Whether it be Facebook, posts, emails, Tweets, or your WordPress Editor. The surprising thing is that it is even supported by my drag-and-drop content builder!
Grammarly is also available as an add-on for the most popular software MS Word. It, combined with the native word's grammar checking feature almost completely gets you rid of grammatical errors.But the sad thing is that the add-on is not supported by Word for Mac. However, good news is waiting for you Mac users!
Grammarly native Mac app
Realizing that the MS Word for Mac won't support Grammarly add-on, the developers have released a native Grammarly app for Mac users. The app allows you check for the content more productively.Being an owner of MacBook Air, I found this very helpful. The best part about this Mac app is that you just need to drag-and-drop the file with content in it for Grammarly to proofread and mark the errors. It's as easy as that!
I tested WhiteSmoke lately, and I found it as a good competitor for Grammarly. The main USP that WhiteSmoke comes with is that no matter what device are you using, you can access their service.
Features of WhiteSmoke reviewed below
- Grammar checker: The WhiteSmoke writer comes with grammar checker functionality that's capable of finding out various errors like incorrect capitalization, typos, incomplete sentences, fragments, missing words and others. Following the same conventions as that of MS Word, the tool marks the typos as red and the grammatical errors as blue in color.
- Spell checker: The WhiteSmoke checks for typos in your writings, with the help of a dynamic database of spellings that is constantly being updated with newer words and trend changes.
- Style-checker: If there are any errors in your writing style, the tool is very good at spotting them. It matches your writing style with that of dozens of other writing samples and suggests you regarding your writing style. Don't mistake these with grammatical errors.
- Punctuation checker: WhiteSmoke also does a great job in identifying the missing and wrong-placed punctuation in your content.
- WhiteSmoke translator: This feature is powered by Statistical Machine Translation (SMT) technology. It displays how a translated word should be used in the sentence. Analysing the data that it has collected, it calculates the translations that best suit the context.
The best part about WhiteSmoke is that you can access the tool regardless of what platform or device you are using. WhiteSmoke works on every browser like Chrome, Firefox, IE, Opera and Safari. They come in the form of extensions or web interface.
Apart from this, the Android and iOS apps for WhiteSmoke is also available checking your grammar mistakes on the go.
WhiteSmoke offers maximum compatibility with your devices for a streamlined experience.
- Excellent compatibility with various browsers and smartphones.
- Statistical Machine Translation (SMT) technology
- Grammarly extension
- Built-in plagiarism checker
- Need internet access to work.
Ginger Grammar Review
It is one of the old players in the proofreading industry. They claim to correct grammatical mistakes and avoid embarrassing situations and proofread like a real human reviewer does! Let us see.
Like other tools out there, Ginger also comes with a free version that does the job of proofreading pretty well. But premium version tends to do it exceptionally well.
Features of Ginger
- Grammar checker: It also comes with a grammar checker that checks for the common grammatical errors like subject-verb agreement, singular/plural nouns, misused words, consecutive nouns, and also contextual spelling correction.
- Spell check: Helps in correcting the typos.
- Sentence rephraser: Some times, you write a sentence and think that this could be much better. Seems familiar? Huh? In those situations, sentence rephraser helps a lot for you to come with a perfect sentence to convey what you meant.
- Personal trainer: The Ginger, tailors a package of personalized training sessions that helps you learn from your own mistakes. With this, you seldom commit the same mistake in the future.
- Text reader: Apart from grammar checking, Ginger takes a leap forward by adopting text-to-speech engine for enhanicng your pronunciation skills. You can let Ginger pronounce the word of your choice in any of the selected accents. It helps you communicate with others just like a native English speaker.
- Translator: Helps you in translating the content to various languages.
Ginger for various platforms
Like that of WhiteSmoke, the cross-platform compatibility of Ginger is excellent.
For the Windows, there's a dedicated application that you can make use of. The software is a text editor where you type in the content and the Ginger corrects it.
Unfortunately for Mac users, there are no apps released. However, you can make use of Ginger browser extensions for Chrome and Safari.
For Android, there's a keyboard that lets you instantly correct the grammatical mistakes you commit.
For iOS users, there's an app called Ginger Page that's a text editor which helps you in proofreading what you wrote.
Apart from these, there are also solutions for schools and business use. They offer customized solutions for your every business requirement.
- Context-specific grammar checking
- Grammarly extension
- Word add-on
- Built-in plagiarism checker
- Mac app
- Need internet connectivity.
According to me, Grammarly is the best tool when it comes to grammar checking and proofreading. It is quite intelligent at detecting the context and genre-specific mistakes that other Grammar checkers lag in. Grammarly is the most popular tool, and tons of people are using it daily, ranging from bloggers, students, and professionals. As it relies on machine learning, the more user-base equals more accuracy due to more statistical data. The accuracy of the tool is increasing day-by-day. The greatest advantages are the Grammarly MS Word add-on and the Mac app. They are only unique to Grammarly.
The only downside of Grammarly is that the lack of smartphone apps. However, if you have the practice of writing your blog posts or scripts on the computer this may not be a problem.
Coming to WhiteSmoke and Ginger they both offer excellent cross-platform support, making them the perfect choice if you are looking to use the proofreading tool across various devices. They both offer well-updated smartphone apps that assist you well while commuting or texting. That's the added benefit. Both of these services don't have MS word add-on or a Mac app.
If you are looking to catch more grammatical errors in your writings, going context specific is crucial. Semantics and linguistic intelligence play an important role here. Grammarly is the tool that excels in these. It also is the only tool that comes with MS Word support and Mac native app.
I would strongly suggest you to go for Grammarly as it is worth your every penny.
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What do you think? Who do you think among Grammarly, WhiteSmoke, and Ginger is the winner? Let me know in the comments section.