LanguageTool vs. Grammarly (2021)

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LanguageTool vs Grammarly
LanguageTool vs. Grammarly

Millions of people use tools like Grammarly, Linguix, and LanguageTool to improve their writing. Those may not replace a human, but they still are powerful in finding and suggesting words and sentences. How would both stand in a battle? This article closely looks at both and covers LanguageTool vs. Grammarly.

Quick comparison

Here is a table covering some of the features of both. Go to the “Which one is better section” to read my final review.

OptionLanguageToolGrammarly
Desktop appsmacOS onlyWindows only
Mobile app
Browser extensions
Test 1 winner
Test 2 winner
Plagiarism checkPremium only
Free plan
Starting price$23/mo$30/mo
WebsiteLanguageToolGrammarly
Quick comparison

Platforms

LanguageTool is available for:

  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Safari
  • Opera
  • Google Docs
  • Word
  • Libre Office
  • Open Office
  • MacOS

It does not offer an app for Windows and mobile phones yet.

Grammarly, in comparison, supports mobile and desktop devices. Like LanguageTool, you find Grammarly extension for Microsoft Word and major browsers. The app is in the beta version on Google Docs.

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Usage

Grammarly Web Editor
Grammarly Web Editor

One of the advantages LanguageTools has is that it supports over 20 languages. This may be the only grammar tool offering that many languages. It underlines wrong words or phrases in either red, yellow or purple to help you understand the mistake.

  • Red suggests spelling mistakes
  • Yellow suggests agreement errors
  • Purple shows style issues

On the contrary, Grammarly only supports English. You can expect American, British, Canadian, and Australian English. Even though it comes with British and Australian English options, the tool always suggests fixes according to British English (personal experience). Like LanguageTool, it underlines text and phrases as you go.

  • The Red colour indicates spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes.
  • Blue suggest clarity issues
  • Purple is for tone or politeness issues
  • The green colour underline suggests that the content can be imporved

Like LanguageTool, Grammarly offers basic grammar, tons, and spell-checking features in its free plan while you get a wide range of services in the paid plans.

Tests

In this section of LanguageTool vs. Grammarly, we do a couple of tests. In each test, I will type a paragraph with lots of issues. The tool finding most mistakes will win the round.

First test

Grammarly vs LanguageTool Test 1

In this test, Grammarly found more issues. While fixing one of the mistakes, LanguageTool suggested a wrong fix, which later led to another wrong fix. Overall, Grammarly found 5 issues while LanguageTool found 4 mistakes.

Related: Grammarly vs. Microsoft Word

Second test

Test 2

In the second test, Grammarly performed better. LanguageTool found one issue that Grammarly did not, but still, Grammarly was better than LanguageTool.

Mobile apps

Grammarly Keyboard App
Grammarly Keyboard App

LanguageTool does not come with any mobile apps, but Grammarly comes as a keyword for Android and iOS. It checks the text while you type and suggests fixes on a row above the keyboard.

The mobile app also supports the premium features, but you must log in to activate the options. Other than that, you get personalisation and customisation options.

Related: Microsoft Editor vs. Grammarly (2021)

Other features

LanguageTool Web Editor
LanguageTool Web Editor

Common

  • You get an option to upload .docs document.
  • Get text performance score becased you writing.
  • Doublie click on word to see its meaning and synonyms.
  • Both offer rich text editor.
  • Add words to dictionary.

LanguageTool

  • Picky mode is an option to detect advance language mistakes even in the free plan.
  • Temporary and permanant text options, where text stored temporary is moved to recycle bin after 7 days. The temporary mode is suitable for emails, messages, or any other temporary writings.
  • Total words, characters, and sentences can be seen on the editing page.

Grammarly

  • You can set goals for each text to get toilered suggestions. For example, selecing formal in the settings will suggest removing all infomarl words.
  • An extra feature titled get exerts help is available which costs between $0.179 and $0.099 depending on the given time. With this, an expert will polish the text.
  • The tool along with word document, support uploading of text documents.
  • Total words, charachters, reading time, and speaking time is available on both desktop and web apps.

Pricing and plans

LanguageTool and Grammarly Pricing Comparison
LanguageTool and Grammarly Pricing Comparison

Starting with LanguageTool, The free plan is called: For Beginners, which offers to check grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes.

The first premium plan is: For Individual Users. It costs:

  • $19 per month on a month to month plan
  • $39 ($13/mo) on a quarterly plan
  • $59 ($4.92/mo) on a one year plan
  • $99 ($4.13/mo) on a two-year plan

You get advanced suggestions, enhanced grammar checking, and an extended character limit per document.

The last plan, which offers the same features as “For Individual”, is for teams. It is only available on a yearly plan charging $106.2 per year for two users. You can add up to 20 users: the more users, the better savings.

On the other hand, Grammarly also comes in two premium plans. The free plan checks for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors, while the Premium plan, along with free plan features, offers:

  1. Clarity
  2. Plagarism check
  3. Formality level
  4. Fluency
  5. Tone adjustment

Like LanguageTool, you can subscribe to a monthly, quarterly, and annually plan. The monthly plan costs $30, quarterly costs $20/month, and the yearly plan costs $12/month.

The business plan is a little bit expensive than the premium plan and offers some team-focused tools such as brand tone detection, analytics dashboard, single sign-on etc.

Which one is better?

Grammarly is one of those tools that do pretty much everything for you. That’s is why it is more expensive than other writing assistants. The tool is more powerful and confident. It mostly suggests one word, which is actually the fix for the error. Other tools also lack this issue. Tools like Linguix and LanguageTool show a few suggestions, and you have to pick one.

So, if your English is already good or you are a native writer, I believe LanguageTool may save money. If you want to rely upon a writing assistant a lot, then Grammarly is the right tool for you.

LanguageTool vs. Grammarly: Links

Conclusion

Both of the tools are good on their own terms. But you must select the tool which best goes best with your goal. For example, If you do not want to invest heavily, the Language tool can be considered.

Other tools are also available if you don’t like either. Anyway, this is where LanguageTool vs Grammarly ends. What are your views? Please share them in the comments so we can chat more.

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