Friday, May 14, 2010

Grammarly: Want a free, year-long subscription to Grammarly? Leave a comment on this post.

Sorry, but you're too late to get a free subscription to Grammarly! Lang-8 user Late Bloomer received the account for this comment, and her review of Grammarly can be found below.

Grammarly bills itself as "the best grammar checker and proofreader" for English-language documents. As offered, Grammarly has provided me with a free, one-year subscription (automatically downgrading to a free account on May 13, 2011) to their premium service so that I can do a review of it for language-learning purposes.

They've set it up for me so that I can give that account away to one of my readers, which I will be doing sometime next week after I do the review this weekend.

Interested in getting the free account? Here's how to get your shot:
  1. Leave a comment below (or on my review of Grammarly, once that's up) stating how you hope to use it. (If you really want it bad, feel free to leave multiple comments, but they all have to be different!)

  2. Leave a way for me to get in touch with you, such as your user name on Lang-8, LingQ, Livemocha, etc. If you'd rather not do that, send me an email claiming your comment(s), and if you're the winner I'll get in touch with you via that email.

  3. I'll pick a winner based on the comment I like the best. This could be the comment that is the most interesting, the funniest, the cleverest, the most earnest, etc. Pick whatever strategy you think will win me over.

  4. If you win, you've gotta come back within a week or two and add another comment with your thoughts after having tried out Grammarly's premium service.

38 comments:

  1. Hey, I just came across your blog. I would absolutely love to try this service. I just finished writing an 11 page paper on Jesus of Nazareth for my Critical Thinking/Reasoning class on Wednesday. I spent a good hour or so before class cleaning up my grammar mistakes, spelling mistakes, etc. I was surprised to see how much I got incorrect. In essence, I'd love to be able to quickly fix my mistakes and at least learn new ways of structuring sentences and word usage. Thanks man,

    danielwilliams05(AT)g m a i l.com

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  2. Nice to meet you.

    I came from your post at Lang-8. My page is http://lang-8.com/93824.

    I'm interested in its "Vocabulary Enhancement" and "Subject –Verb Agreement" feature.

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  3. If I win, I'll write a journal entry about it and I promise to come back within a week or two and add another comment with my thoughts after having tried out Grammarly's premium service.
    If I lose, well....

    a_few_lines
    @Lang-8
    よろしくね。

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  4. Hi! This is Albuquerque from lang-8.I really want to get the account. I will take a examine called 'Eiken', which is one of the tests in Japan, and it includes a writing test like below.

    ● Write an essay on the given TOPIC covering three of the POINTS below. Use the space provided on your answer sheet.
    ● Structure: Three or more paragraphs, including an introduction and conclusion
    ● Length: Around 200 words
    TOPIC

    Will societies with aging populations face a crisis in the future?

    POINTS

    ● Birthrate
    ● Family responsibility
    ● Health care
    ● Immigration
    ● Role of senior citizens
    ● Taxes

    Getting the account is definitely helpful for me!

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  5. Hello,
    Thank you for offering this great opportunity.
    I’m going to enter this competition for two main purposes:

    (1) For self-checking my emails before shooting them off to my English-epeaking business partners.
    They are reluctant to offer us to some of their services so I need to persuade them. One of them is a chief in editor in a press and strict and sensitive about wordings. Although I believe that he is a reasonable person judging from our last correspondence. I really do want to persuade him and ask for his mercy. This software would help me to be a tough negotiator!

    (2) For proof testing the proofreading robot.
    I’m interested in the quality and quantity of the database on which this software is based. Does it have a good corpus of technical terms applicable to any application from business to academic fields? Or should we forget about self-checkers and rely on a professional proof reading?

    I have tested the trial version of Grammarly and also the former version, EssayRater. I consistently kept 50 % of the grade in both versions in my first draft. Then my friends in Lang-8 helped me to polish them. Thanks to their advice, I had won 100% finally, but I found it didn’t detect a redundant paragraph which was pasted twice! So now, I’m dubious about it’s practicality. To believe or not to believe, this is the question. Let’s test it! I’m aiming to test it with several model essays and documents with purposely placed incorrect wordings. Why don’t you vote me and have a look to see how it works?

    Please contact me at
    http://lang-8.com/101697

    Thank you in advance.

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  6. I'm putting this post up on behalf of Susie on Lang-8. She's from China and my site appears to be blocked in China, but she heard about this giveaway through Lang-8:

    Well, if I am offered the free subscription to Grammarly, I will use my class e-mail to do the registration. There are 24 people in my class. Next semester, we will begin our 4th year in university. We will have a lot to write, including our project theses. I think the website might be helpful. Moreover, any one likes Grammarly very much can continue to use it when this free, one-year long subscription expired. Because we will graduate a year later. Then we probably can afford that when we have jobs.

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  7. hi .. anyway.. i really wanna be expert in multi languages .. any idea ?

    josh

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  8. Congrats, you got the subscription! I've already sent you a message via Lang-8, so check there if you haven't already.

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  9. Thank you for voting me. I'm so glad! I'm trying it to make an informative comment as much as possible.

    I'm afraid that I cannot find your message in my page on Lang-8.
    Would you please send it to me again?

    Thank you.

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  10. Just resent via both email and Lang-8. Let me know if you don't get it.

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  11. Thanks. I have received your message both in email and on Lang-8. Also, I have already checked that the passwords can work. I'm trying it for a while and am going to come back here to post a comment. Talk to you soon!

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  12. I found this amazing service looking at ad in Lang-8.
    I tried to check some my entries that I had written in Lang-8 and understood this grammarly was really helpful for me to polish my writing skills in English.
    I think that I always hesitate to write somothing in English due to grammer slips.
    However,if we can use such a powerful tool,we never feel nervous to write in Engligh.

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  14. Thank you for the very detailed review! You've clearly looked at it from ways that I hadn't thought of, and non-native speakers contemplating using Grammarly will surely find your insights useful.

    And no worries on the delay... as you can see from my lack of blogging over the past month or so, delays happen!

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  15. How much (in %) does this detect plagiarism? Any idea?

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  16. Ryouichi ShimizuAug 4, 2010, 2:22:00 PM

    How are you going ,Mr. Street Smart Language Learning .

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  17. i dont have a confidence with my English grammer. I think it will help me...

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