Grammarly vs. Microsoft Word | The Ultimate Grammar Tool

Last updated: 21 Sep 2020 | Reading time: 4 minutes

Grammarly vs Microsoft Word
Grammarly vs. Microsoft Word

Grammarly and Microsoft Word are two tools people think of comparing. Microsoft Word is designed for writing and printing documents where’s Grammarly is a writing assistant. How do both perform in the tests I’m going to conduct? Let’s find out in the ultimate comparison of Grammarly vs Word in 2020.

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Grammarly

Grammarly is a grammar checker tool available for desktop, mobile, major browsers, and Microsoft Word. It checks over 400 types of mistakes on the writing and can be used to check grammar mistakes on different versions of English. According to the official website, over 34 million users use Grammarly to improve their writing.

Grammarly is a free software which checks for the basic mistakes. It is also available in paid subscriptions to fix more complex grammar mistakes.

Microsoft Word

The widely know the document editor responsible for 65% of Office market share is available on desktop and mobile platforms. The grammar checking is a built-in feature in Microsoft Word which works offline. Regarding pricing, the mobile and online versions are free, but the desktop version is offered in subscriptions.

Grammarly vs. Microsoft Word

Test 01

Let us dive into the first test and see which one performs better under different circumstances. The test takes a piece of text and put in both.

Original text

Original Text 1
Original Text

Grammarly

Grammarly Results
Grammarly Results

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word Results
Microsoft Word Results

Results

Grammarly is a great tool, and because it is specially made for checking grammar and spelling mistakes, it could find and fix more issues than Word. Here is the list of fixes which Grammarly could solve.

  • Changed on Youtube to On Youtube, and also it added a comma after YouTube in the second line.
  • It added a comma after “messages”.
  • Grammarly added, “the” before email and “a” before particular video at the end of the paragraph.

Here is the list of fixes which Word could solve but not Grammarly.

  • It changed Youtube to YouTube.
  • It deleted “particular” before “video” because it was unnecessary.

Round winner: Grammarly

Test 02

To clear the doubt, I put both on test again. In the second Grammarly vs Word test, I selected some different content.

Original text

Original Text 2
Original Text 2

Grammarly

Grammarly Test Results 2
Grammarly Test Results 2

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word Test Results 2
Microsoft Word Test Results 2

Results

Here are the results for the second test.

Grammarly

  • Added “the” after “according”.
  • It removed “the” before “time.
  • Grammarly changed facebook and instagram to Facebook and Instagram.
  • It changed to search to searching on.
  • Grammarly added the comma before “and”.
  • It added “s” to need.

Microsoft Word

  • Microsoft Word changed facebook and instagram to “Facebook and Instagram”.
  • Word changed to search to searching on.

In the second test, Microsoft Word could not find anything other than two mistakes which Grammarly also found.

Round winner: Grammarly

Check out: 4 Best Apps to Improve Spelling and Grammar in 2020



Issues with both tools

Anyway, none of the software is perfect, but if you have both, then it is essential to check the text in both. I have been using both for a long time, and here are some issues with both.

  • Grammarly lacks on checking the brand names.
  • Microsoft Word isn’t good at suggesting comma.
  • Relying on Grammarly can be harmful. For example, sometimes it keeps suggesting the word “software” to “tool” then same “tool” to “machinery”. You can see we were talking about computer software, and in two clicks Grammarly changed it to a physical machine.

Review video

The video shows the same grammar mistakes tested in both.

Grammarly vs Word
Grammarly vs Word | Video (Video Plays in a New tab)

Other features

KeyGrammarlyMicrosoft Word
Pricing$11.66 per month on the annual plan$7 per month with OneDrive, and other Office apps
Searches1,500,000 monthly searches2,240,000 monthly searches
Overall Score8.5 out of 107 out of 10
Minimum priceFree for basic checksFree for viewing documents
LanguagesEnglish (US, UK, Canada, and Australia)English (all), China, Germany, Japan, Spain France, Russia, Italy, Turkish, Swedish, Portugal, and Dutch
Supported devicesMicrosoft Word, Mac, Web (Chrome, Firefox, and Safari), Android, and iPhone/iPadMicrosoft Windows, Mac, Linux, Web, Android, iPhone/iPad, and Windows Phone
OnlineWebsiteWebsite

Wrap up

Both are great tools, and both are famous for their abilities to check for grammatical mistakes. Anyway, the end of Grammarly vs. Word is here. I hope the comparison helped. What do you think of this comparison? Please share your thoughts down below to help improve this post.

4 thoughts on “Grammarly vs. Microsoft Word | The Ultimate Grammar Tool”

  1. Thank you for this useful comparison, especially in pointing out some the specific differences between the two. Ultimately, it comes down to price. I was surprised to see the relatively high price tag of Grammarly premium compared to Microsoft Office. Considering everything that comes along with Microsoft Word, including a top-tier office productivity suite, collaborative functionality, access to a cloud drive, etc., Grammarly premium is simply too expensive and definitely not an option worth considering for casual writers like me, which I imagine comprise the vast majority of people.

    1. You are right, NM. Grammarly premium is expensive compared to Word. It is not for casual writers. Grammarly premium is for serious writers like bloggers.

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