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.
We produce around ~100 long, in-depth articles each month. So we're relying on these tools on a daily basis. Here, I break down the good, bad, and uuuuuuggggllllyyyy.
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Grammarix is a completely-free grammar tool.
The Grammarix site reads, “Once the tool was built, we just knew we had to roll it out to the mass market, which meant that we wouldn’t be attaching a premium price tag to the software.”
Is this free tool really all that it’s cracked up to be? Let’s find out if it’s one of the best grammar checkers or not.
1. Simple, No-Frills Interface
Grammarix has a simple to use, clean user interface that offers up correction suggestions to users.
While the interface isn’t anything super extraordinary, it’s simple and gets straight to the point.
But that’s where the pros for Grammarix seem to stop.
1. Accuracy and Sophistication Fall Flat
Grammarix fails to find some grammatical issues, such as double punctuation.
And other grammar checkers out there can identify uses of passive voice with sophisticated features, but Grammarix doesn’t seem to be one of them.
2. No Concision Feature
As you might expect from a free tool, there aren’t currently any Grammarix features that help users write more concisely/with more clarity.
3. Flaky Plagiarism Detection
On the Grammarix site, the company says that a plagiarism detector is available.
Their homepage reads: “[The tool] will even flag up any instances of plagiarism, which is a great bonus if you are a student or if you write for a living.”
But when we entered in some plagiarized copy from this NPR excerpt of The Great Gatsby, the grammar checker didn’t identify the copied content as plagiarism.
4. Low Plan Limitations
On Grammarix, you can only enter in and analyze 2,000 symbols at a time.
Try to check more, and the tool will give you the following message:
The Grammarix FAQ page reads, “If your writing is longer than that, you can of course choose to enter it in multiple checks.”
So if you need to review a large body of text, this checker might not be your best bet.
5. No Listed Grammar Rule Source or Reporting Option
With Grammarix, there’s no way to know how the site is checking information.
It’s unclear if they’re using an original service or an external one, and the site doesn’t mention which style guide is used to review content.
There’s also no reporting option to export a PDF or word document of your results, so if this is important to you, a different tool could be a better choice.
6. Device Compatibility
While some grammar checkers offer tons of different versions, extensions, and compatibilities. Grammarix is only available via a mobile or web browser.
7. No Human Review or Multilingual Options
If you need to access a human review of your work, Grammarix won’t be able to help you out.
And when we tried to check languages other than English, the tool wasn’t able to accurately suggest corrections.
In fact, the software just tried to change other languages to similarly spelled English words.
8. There’s a Contact Form, But We Never Received a Response
The only customer service option offered by Grammarix is a contact form located on the website.
It’s fairly straightforward. Just enter in your name, email, subject, and message.
Once your message has been sent, you should be redirected to a page confirming that customer service has received it.
We received a confirmation email within seconds of submitting our message suggesting to check out the Grammarix FAQ page for more information.
While the email stated that Grammarix would get back to us as soon as possible, we still haven’t heard back more than five days later.
If you’re looking for a tool that can answer your questions within a few hours, this one is a hit and a miss.
The good news is that Grammarix is free, so you’ve got nothing to lose if you want to try it out.
Do I Recommend Grammarix?
No. This tool has far too many cons to be worth your while.
Sophisticated perks like plagiarism detection are offered, but it doesn’t seem to be very reliable at catching copied text.
It is free, but there are better free alternative checkers on the market, like Grammarly, that offer more accurate features than Grammarix.