The Best Grammar, Plagiarism, and Writing Services in 2019

Brad Smith

Brad Smith


I'm the creator of this site (Grammar Gang). I'm also the founder of Codeless, a long-form content creation company that's been featured in The New York Times, Business Insider, The Next Web, and hundreds more.
Brad Smith

Writing ‘right’ shouldn’t have to suck.

But it usually does.

Most tools seem clunky or spammy or inaccurate. They’re all mostly a pain to use.

Fortunately, that doesn’t have to be the case.

There are a few hidden gems out there if you know where to look.

I use these tools on a daily basis. And unfortunately, not all of them are foolproof.

So I started this site to help you separate the good from the bad.

Here’s how some of the best grammar, plagiarism, and writing apps stack up in 2019.

How Bad Grammar Makes Can Sabotage Your Career

What’s the harm? A few simple typos here or there seem harmless.

And it’s true: most people might not notice a misplaced comma. But the problem is that simple, common spelling grammar mistakes you make each day can hurt you over the long run.

✅ Bad grammar hurts your first impression.

Typos and broken links on your site are among the leading causes of lost credibility.

✅ Bad grammar hurts your career path.

There’s a correlation between how many grammar mistakes someone makes, and how many promotions they receive. The people who’ve only been promoted 1-4 times over ten years make 45% more grammar mistakes than those who received 6-9 promotions during the same time.

✅ Bad grammar hurts your revenue.

Spelling mistakes cost companies millions online each year, according to the BBC. In another similar study, over 42% of respondents confirmed that spelling mistakes would negatively affect their perception. A large reason is because 99% of online communication is still text-based.

Here are the top three grammar checkers we’ve reviewed:

THE TOP 3 1. GRAMMARLY 2. PROWRITINGAID 3. WHITESMOKE
OVERALL ★★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★
BEST FOR All-Around Budget Multilingual
ACCURACY 86% out of 86 62%, 73%, 52% 80% out of 86%
DATABASE 16 Billion + Millions 17 Billion +
LIMITATIONS 150k Words Unlimited 10k Chars.
DEVICE USAGE 5 Unlimited Unlimited
DEVICES Three Four Three
MULTILINGUAL No No Yes (55)
RESPONSE 1 Hour 24+ Hours 24+ Hours
ANNUAL PRICE $11.66/month $4.16/month $6.59/month

How Plagiarism Violates Laws & Puts You at Risk

Plagiarism runs rampant.

It’s everywhere online, in schools, and in offices. Even though it can cost you both legally, financially.

❌ Plagiarism happens every single day.

A conservative estimate says that one in three students admitted to plagiarizing material from the Internet.

❌ Plagiarism is no different than violating copyright law.

Copyright law extends to all types of text (including TXT, DOC, PDF, DOCx, and PPT files) and images (including social media, JPEG, GIF, PSD, PNG, and more). Takedown notices have already flown by 3.5 billion in 2018, according to Google.

❌ Plagiarism can even cost you your career.

Even the whiff of plagiarism landed journalist Fareed Zakaria in hot water, throwing his career in temporary jeopardy.

Here are the top three plagiarism checkers we’ve reviewed:

THE TOP 3 1. GRAMMARLY 2. WHITESMOKE 3. QUETEXT
OVERALL ★★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★
BEST FOR All-Around Multilingual Lightweight
ACCURACY 86% out of 86 80% out of 86% 84% out of 86%
DATABASE 16 Billion + 17 Billion + 51 Million
LIMITATIONS 150k Words 10k Chars. 25k Words
DEVICE USAGE 5 Unlimited Unlimited
DEVICES Three Three Two
MULTILINGUAL No Yes (55) Yes (8)
RESPONSE 1 Hour 24+ Hours Same Day
ANNUAL PRICE $11.66/month $6.59/month $9.99/month

Finally Ditch MS Word Once and For All

Microsoft Word might be ubiquitous.

But that doesn’t mean it’s good. Certainly not for writing anything longer than a few hundred simple words.

The silver lining is that there are no shortage of writing apps out there to choose from that are tailor-made for exactly what you need:

✅ Organizing chapters for novels

✅ Storyboards for screenwriting

✅ Distraction-free writing environments

However, this is also kind of the problem. THERE. ARE. SO. MANY. WRITING. APPS.

Like, way too many.

Don’t worry. We’ve painstakingly signed up and actually put dozens through a hands-on test. Here are some of our top picks, depending on what you’re looking for:

THE TOP 3 1. SCRIVENER
(WINDOWS / MAC)
2. WRITE! APP 3. FINAL DRAFT
OVERALL ★★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★
BEST FOR All-Around Budget Screenwriters
CONTENT ORGANIZATION Very Good Good Very Good
STORYBOARD Available Not Available Available
TEMPLATES Yes (14) Yes (15+) Yes (over 300)
DISTRACTION-FREE Yes Yes Yes
COLLABORATION Not Available Available Available (Dropbox)
PRICING $45 for Mac and Windows $24.95 for Mac and Windows $249.99 for Mac and Windows
USABILITY Easy to use Easy to use Easy to use
RESPONSE TIME 3+ days 3+ days 3+ days

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