Before I try to draw a line between ProWritingAid and Grammarly, it is important to know how the language and grammar checking tools work.
See my beef with these language “dictation” tools is based on my knowledge as a linguist and my experience as a copywriter.
The other day, this young man appears on my Facebook messenger and he asked me to show him a few samples of my work.
I normally run a profile check on people who get work from me or who send me friend requests: on Facebook.
His profile didn’t show any clue of any educational or professional achievements, but I decided to give it a go (since he promised a better rate per word), and as soon as I submitted my samples, he took hardly 5 minutes and came back to tell me that my work had grammatical problems.
He definitely checked this on Grammarly and I hate when people who don’t a Jack squat about language, its mechanics, and how grammar works, come and rub grammar checking tools in my face.
They are not perfect. They are flawed at best. They often fail to find a difference between a noun and a verb (same word).
If you have knowledge of language and grammar, you can use these tools with caution and without blind trust.
Grammarly is, no doubt one of the most famous grammar checking tools, but there are others in the same arena, to challenge its hegemony.
For example, among copywriters, a tool named Hemingway (app) is so famous.
However, in this review, we will compare ProWritingAid to Grammarly, and I’ll tell you 5 reasons to quit Grammarly for ProWritingAid.
Access here: ProWritingAid.com
1. Detailed Explanations
Just like Grammarly, ProWritingAid also offers free and premium language checking. Just for the record, in this post, I am going to compare reasons why Premium ProWritingAid is better than Premium Grammarly.
When you use Grammarly’s premium version, all it does is it goes deeper into the more complex problems like sentence structure and flow and nuances (perhaps), etc., but it does not give detailed explanations of the errors and omissions.
ProWritingAid on the other hand takes care of this issue and gives a detailed explanation of each and every error.
If it says that a word is unnecessary, it will explain how and it will suggest the replacements. For example, I copy/pasted a piece of content from Brian Dean’s (Backlinko.com) wall and the word “spidy” was underlined for being wrong and many suggestions were given to correct it.
This is what we miss mostly in Grammarly.
2. Better Feedback on Writing Style
These tools have their own specific approaches to fixing errors. People love Grammarly because it lines up a number of errors and tells what’s wrong in a word or two e.g. Punctuation Error and that is it.
Grammarly just offers immediate fixes. It does not care whether you learn about your writing style and improve it or not.
So what happens?
You come back to Grammarly for another check, roughly after a month of the previous one, and you see that your problems are there. The difference, if any, is not significant.
ProWritingAid fixes this issue by teaching you how to write better with better feedback on your writing.
It touches more important areas of grammar checking like clichés, sticky sentences, and dictions, etc.
It is easier to claim it as a grammar checking tool with a deeper understanding of it, although it can still be flawed in certain instances.
3. Works with Google Docs
Let me know if it surprises you because it surprised me as well when Google came up with that doc. new and slide, new, etc. whole shebang.
You can now use Google docs. to do everything that you can do with MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint, etc.
I am not here to tell you how advantageous it is to use Google docs. for all your MS Office needs.
The news is that while Grammarly failed to cope with the change (the people, companies, and teams, etc. use Google docs. to catch up with each other), PorWritingAid guys were not sleeping on the wheel.
They noticed that traffic was diverging to Google Docs. with maddening pace and at the best time, they decided to make their tool compatible with Google Docs.
4. Tense Shifts and other Problems
To put the difference in one easily understandable sentence: Grammarly is shallow and it does not dive much deeper into the Mariana Trench that we know as language.
Well, this tool goes deeper than Grammarly. And I do not say this based on personal liking. I’m saying this based on what I have observed using this tool and Grammarly.
Take Axoloti for example. This tool is a part of the whole “ProWritingAid” experience.
This tool keeps you from little inconsistencies that writers may exhibit when they get carried away with their knack. An example is fixing subject-verb agreement whenever needed.
Although Proofreading is Grammarly’s strong suit and it does not take much effort to correct “their” into “there”, but Grammarly’s proofreading is also shallow.
It covers the most part, but it definitely does not cover all of it.
To the contrary, ProWritingAid has better data on the backend that even takes care of sound-alike word mistakes. It will always differentiate between “some” and “sum” and you will be able to immediately correct the mistakes.
Just like me, you might have also read all the reviews on both grammar checking tools and each of those reviews announces its own winner.
Some of them consider Grammarly a better choice, while others go with ProWritingAir because of its unique features.
The purpose of this post was not to find out the best tool but to find out 5 reasons why you should prefer ProWritingAid to Grammarly.
I only picked the points that go in favor of the former. If we turn the tables around, I might have found 5 or more reasons to prefer Grammarly to ProWritingAid.
Choice, in the end, is always yours.