How do I check text?

When you start writing, Grammarly starts to automatically check your text, and the Overall score icon moves in a circle to indicate that checking is in progress. You can keep typing, and Grammarly will continue checking.

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Grammarly’s extensive feedback is now organized into four categories to help you understand the reasoning behind each writing suggestion Grammarly makes: Correctness, Clarity, Delivery, and Engagement. 

After checking your text, Grammarly may suggest changes in these categories. Red underlines correspond to suggestions about spelling, punctuation, and grammar and blue underlines signify potential clarity and conciseness improvements. 

Premium users can also benefit from suggestions in green, to make your writing more engaging, and purple, which will help you strike the right balance of politeness, formality, and friendliness.

Changes to your document are automatically saved to Grammarly as you type, so you do not have to worry about losing your work.

Turning types of checks on and off

You can choose to see only suggestions that belong to a certain category. To selectively review only correctness, clarity, delivery, or engagement suggestions, click the corresponding option in the sidebar on the right: 

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If you are a Grammarly Premium, Grammarly Business, or Grammarly@edu user, you can also deactivate certain types of suggestions in the Grammarly Editor. This feature is available for a limited number of suggestions, including:

  • Passive voice
  • Oxford comma
  • Repeated and overused words
  • Word choice and sentence variety
  • Filler words or multiple clauses
  • Hard-to-read sentences
  • Personal pronouns
  • Sentences ending in prepositions 

When you see a suggestion that’s not helpful, click the three dots in the lower right corner of the suggestion card in the Grammarly Editor and select Turn off suggestions like this. This option will be available only if it’s a suggestion that can be deactivated. 

After you deactivate a suggestion, you can turn it back on by clicking the Deactivated Suggestions icon in the right-side panel.

Note: If you use Grammarly for Microsoft Office, you can also take advantage of this feature directly in your Microsoft Word documents. To learn more about this feature, check this article.

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