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Select the style that best corresponds to the type of writing you are checking. "General" is a good one to start with if you are unsure which style to pick.
All the styles apply most of Grammarly’s spelling, grammar, and punctuation checks. Below is a list that details the variations among the styles, from most to least formal:
Academic is Grammarly’s strictest style. On top of finding grammar and punctuation mistakes, it detects passive voice, contractions, informal pronouns (I, you), and locates unclear antecedents (e.g., sentences starting with “This is…”).
The business style also checks the text against formal writing criteria. However, it allows use of some informal expressions, informal pronouns, and unclear antecedents.
This is the default style and uses a medium level of strictness.
The purpose of this style is to avoid ambiguities in technical writing. It detects missing serial commas, the use of future tense, subjunctive mood, and abbreviations or expressions like “etc.” and “and/or.”
Casual is designed for informal types of writing and ignores most style issues. It does not flag contractions, passive voice, informal pronouns, who-vs-whom usage, split infinitives, or run-on sentences. This style is suitable for personal communication.
This is the most permissive style. It catches grammar, punctuation, and spelling mistakes but allows some leeway for those who want to intentionally bend grammar rules to achieve certain effects. Creative doesn’t flag sentence fragments (missing subjects or verbs), wordy sentences, colloquialisms, informal pronouns, passive voice, incomplete comparisons, or run-on sentences.