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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Since this tool is powered by Open Source software, it’s one of the most unique grammar checkers on our list.
Here’s what makes it a great candidate.
1. Clean, Easy-to-Navigate Interface
LanguageTool has a clean interface that just about anyone can use.
2. Accurate Grammar Checker
This grammar checker is significantly accurate, and it identifies a ton of the same issues time and time again.
For example, it almost always recognizes words that are usually spelled with a hyphen, such as “hard-earned.”
3. Premium Plan Helps Ensure Concision
While there are some features available with the free version of LanguageTool that can help users write with more clarity, the paid plan can almost guarantee it.
It can even help users detect uses of the wrong gender within a salutation, which is perfect for double checking quick emails you might need to send in a pinch.
4. Limitations Aren’t Incredibly Low
The free version of LanguageTool includes a limit of 20,000 characters per individual check, while the enterprise has a limit of 40,000 characters per individual check.
5. Strong Device Compatibility
LanguageTool can be accessed via web or mobile browser and is compatible with:
- Microsoft Word
- Firefox and Chrome
- Google Docs
On top of that, the LanguageTool community has developed countless plugins and add-ons for tons of programs, like CheckMate or Android.
6. Tons of Different Languages
The good news about LanguageTool is that you can use it to check grammar in tons of different languages.
This grammar checker currently supports:
- Simplified Chinese
Users can also select their desired language by country or with the auto-detect feature.
7. Accessible Forum Available
LanguageTool’s only real form of customer service is their forum.
The forum is packed full of helpful content, and you can even search for specific keywords to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Every rose has its thorn. Here are the downsides to LanguageTool.
1. Not the Most Sophisticated Checker
While this tool has a lot going for it, it definitely isn’t the most sophisticated grammar checker out there.
For example, it didn’t catch any uses of passive voice.
2. No Plagiarism or Reporting Options
At this time, LanguageTool doesn’t offer any kind of plagiarism tools. They also don’t seem to give users a way to export and download copies of their grammar reports.
3. No Human Review or Style Guide Listed
This checker doesn’t allow you to order human reviews of your work, so if you need an advanced analysis of your writing, think twice about this tool.
LanguageTool also doesn’t list the style guide used within their software to analyze grammar and suggest corrections.
This service has a free option, but you can also pay to upgrade to a premium plan for access to higher limits or more concise suggestions.
4. Not All Devices Supported
Most of the different device apps aren’t officially supported by the LanguageTool team, so users should try them at their own risk.
With LanguageTool premium, users can choose to pay monthly, every three months, or every year.
Pricing is as follows:
- Monthly subscription: $19 per month
- Three month subscription: $39 every three months
- Yearly subscription: $59 every year
Do I Recommend LanguageTool?
Yes, if you need a multi-language grammar checker.
This checker is compatible with so many different languages, unlike a few others like Grammarly that really only work with English.
While there aren’t any plagiarism checking options available, LanguageTool is still a strong competitor in the grammar checking world.
It’s accurate, uses OpenSource software, and has tons of potential for many different uses.