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  1. Girl! I absoloutely HATE those SCAMMERS who won’t give you an honest free trial of their crappy little S@*T! Of course, they know some of us only write a book a year and can free trial their crap on the once in a lifetime MS and they get no business subsequently. Boo Hoo! It’s like DRM or no DRM. Get your crap out there or no purchases. Right?

    ANyway, Hi. Lil Momma Cat is chugging along. Not fine, but still purring. Good lil girl.

    • Way harsh, but not untrue. Got a very nice email from the Grammarly folks sounding like they might change that “give us your private information before we let you see our stuff” thing. I don’t think they’re scammers, but the process makes them LOOK that way, which is never A Good Thing.

      Glad to hear about Momma Cat. It’s worrisome when our furbabies are unwell. 🙁

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  2. Good idea not to commit, Marian! I use the Grammarly Lite plugin on Chrome and, in all honesty, I’m not overly impressed. It’s fine as a spell checker but not much else. It’s extremely annoying having to constantly tell it to ignore certain ‘rules’ which it gets entirely wrong in relation to context. It also often refuses to remember new words. It lacks intelligence in so very many ways, I couldn’t even begin to consider the full package, especially at the insane monthly rate, for which I can see no justification whatever. I simply wouldn’t trust it – especially as grammar can vary between English-speaking countries. I’d rather draft in Word! (And I’m NO fan of Word)

    • Steve, I don’t think $30/month would be insane if one used the service A LOT. Too pricey for what I would need, though, for sure, although 75 out of 100 makes me wonder….

      You point out my biggest question, and the reason I’d want to try before I even THOUGHT of paying: The inevitable Grammar Jackass effect, in which rules are applied in situations in which they aren’t applicable, so that the writer has to know and understand the rule in order to benefit from the program that’s supposed to help him apply the rule. Mind you, if I didn’t have my critique group and my “use the possessive with a gerund” Mom, I’d be inclined to run my stuff through SOME kind of program.

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      • I guess I’m just cheap, Marian LOL! I’d never subscribe to such a service at those rates, however much I used it. Considering the fact that it”s automated, I can’t see that it’s costing them that much. The cost of hosting the website plus updating the software from time to time – neither of which need to be exorbitantly costly to them.

        The Grammar Jackass effect, as you putt it, certainly raises its ugly head far too often, and not just with Grammarly. There’s also the eternal problem – spell checking and even grammar checking won’t always identify the wrong word! If it’s a valid spelling, then a wrong word often appears to slip through unnoticed. So you’re still stuck with there being no substitute for actually reading the manuscript. I honestly think that these systems can be dangerous – encouraging us to think that we can use them to create perfection. What has to be remembered is that they’re written by people, so prone to all manner of bugs (I even encountered one that would merrily spell check a document and then dump the contents into oblivion!) It’s proof that, happily, the human brain is still vastly superior to the computer or anything else the brain can invent 🙂

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    • I’ve already fallen out of love with automated grammar checkers; the only thing I do automatically with them is turn them off. They might be very useful to people who wanted to use them to study grammar, using something as a basis they KNEW the intended meaning of. Might be very useful to people who were uncertain of a usage and wanted to run the sentence through, just to check. None of that would be worth the cost, though. It would probably be a better sales model to give it away free through a gateway of ads in the sidebar, like Facebook.

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  3. I have used grammarly as a paid account only, so never experienced the hassles one can face to avail a trial version. But I believe there are certain issues in writing which can only be mapped by a human. So, proofreading your document is a nice way to reduce the writing issues. Thanks.

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