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Bringing glamour to grammar

Sarazeen Saif Ahana | Published: 00:00, Sep 29,2019

 
 
Sarazeen Saif Ahana

One of the reasons why students in Bangladesh are afraid of the English language, regardless of which ‘medium’ school they came from, is because of grammar. This is a subject which by definition is complicated and easy to confuse. As such, the beauty of language is lost to many people who would otherwise have loved to learn more about something so important. This is true all around the world, not just Bangladesh. Grammarly Inc. is a company which understands this problem and has created an elegant solution to it.

‘Grammarly’ is an app available for most major platforms, from the online Grammarly Editor, to free browser extensions for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge, to desktop platforms including macOS and Windows, and ending with keyboard apps for Android and iOS.

Powered with AI, Grammarly acts as your English teacher from school, scanning the text you’ve created for accurate grammar, punctuation, wording, contextual spelling mistakes, and much more. You can even set the ‘tone’ of your work, whether it’s just a friendly email to a co-worker or a formal cover letter you’d like to send alongside your resume. Whatever you are working on, from research papers to news articles to Facebook rants, Grammarly has it all.

The thing I admire the most about Grammarly is just how simple all this is. You are free to type away as you always have. Once you’re done, all you have to do is click (or tap) the glowing Grammarly icon, and after a moment, you’ll be presented with a beautiful, card-style, window section where the inaccuracies (and even plagiarism, if any) are laid out for you. You can correct them, or ask Grammarly to ‘learn’ so that it can understand you better in the future. In the desktop applications, you can select things such as tone and audience type, along with a hundred other things which work seamlessly and effortlessly together to create the best possible version of your text.

The best thing about Grammarly is this: it’s free. No, I’m serious, it’s free. You can sign up for a premium subscription (US$29.95 per month), but for most average users, it’s spell and grammar-checking features are more than good enough to produce the highest quality work for the best price — free!

So, grammar-fearers — fear no more. The sword of Grammarly is here to protect you.

Sarazeen Saif Ahana is a student of Independent University

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