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What is domain/document type?

Note: This feature comes with Grammarly Premium.

You can select the style of the document that best corresponds to the type of writing you are checking in order to get the most accurate and relevant suggestions. Grammarly Premium includes six document domains:  

  • General (default)
  • Academic
  • Business
  • Email
  • Creative
  • Casual

General is a good one to start with if you are unsure which style to pick. To choose a domain, open any document in the Grammarly Editor and click Goals: 


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 the strictest style of writing. On top of catching grammar and punctuation issues, it detects passive voice, contractions, informal pronouns (I, you), and locates unclear antecedents (e.g., sentences starting with “This is…”).


The business style setting checks the text against formal writing criteria. However, unlike the Academic domain, it allows the use of some informal expressions, informal pronouns, and unclear antecedents.


This is the default style and uses a medium level of strictness. 


The email genre is similar to the General domain and helps ensure that your email communication is engaging. In addition to catching grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes, this style also points out the use of overly direct language that may sound harsh to a reader. 


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.

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