In all forms, grammatical errors are embarrassing. Whether it’s a school essay, a letter, an email, or whatever you have, the desired end result of any article is that it will come out error free. With grammar and spell checking tools, perfection in your writing vocabulary is easily achievable. In this article, we compare two brilliant grammar checkers (grammar and ginger) to see which one does the best job.
Grammarly and Ginger are popular names in the spelling and grammar correction ecosystem. If you are looking to improve your writing or if you need a tool to “ enter ” incorrect grammar and punctuation in your texts, but you are caught between the choice of grammar or ginger, this guide should help you. help make a better decision.
Note: We recommend apps only because these apps are more effective at quickly detecting common grammatical errors. These applications are not the absolute tools fixing grammar in the text for grammar is sometimes quite subjective.
On which devices would you write the most? Is it a computer or mobile device? Also, what operating system are your devices running on? The answer to these questions goes a long way in determining which of the grammar checker you should settle for.
You can also use grammar and spell checking services on your Windows computer through web browsers. Grammarly has extensions for the following browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
For the ginger
Ginger has a dedicated keyboard app for Android devices that also serves as a grammar and spelling checker. There is no iOS version of the Ginger keyboard, since the development of the application was interrupted in June 2015 and replaced by the Ginger Page application, which includes all the writing and grammar checking tools of Ginger. However, it should be noted that Ginger Page (for iOS) is a paid application.
To use Ginger on a Windows computer, you can either rely on the dedicated application, or use the service on the Chrome browser by installing the extension “ Grammar and Spelling checker by Ginger ”.
You can only use Ginger’s grammar checking services and features by installing its extension on your Chrome or Safari browser.
Interestingly, like Grammarly, Ginger also has a dedicated web application / editor that can be used to quickly check grammar without installing an application or extension on your computer.
2. Web Application / Editor
As mentioned earlier, Ginger and Grammarly have web apps that are easily accessible online via a web browser without having to install any apps or extensions on your device. We are looking at the web application of the two platforms.
Note: The grammar and spell checking features of Grammarly and Ginger require an Internet connection. This applies to use on mobile and PC.
Accuracy and punctuation of sentences
I constructed a few sentences and intentionally screwed up the punctuation to see which of the duo would identify and correct the errors.
Ginger was able to detect the incorrect capitalization and suggested a change to “WHY did you change your mind.” to “Why did you change your mind.” While this is decent, more should have been done to improve the sentence. See Grammarly’s correction for more context.
Grammar was intelligent enough to detect the two wrongs in the sentence: capitalization and punctuation errors. The grammar editor suggested that I should change the “WHY” to “why”, the grammar check algorithm was also smart enough to detect that “Why did you change your mind.” is a question and suggested that I replace the punctuation (full stop) at the end of the sentence with a question mark. It’s the little things that count, right?
One shortcoming I noticed with the Grammarly web editor is that it does not correct the title of your document. In the image below, I misspelled “article” in the document title and I also incorrectly punctuated, but Grammarly did not choose these errors.
It seems that Grammarly only checks and corrects the body (content) of your document, not the title.
Downloading and uploading documents
Do you want to read or modify a previously created document? Grammar allows you to download a document that you have typed or created on other applications and to modify it in the Web application. Supported file formats are .DOCX, .ODT, .RTF and .TXT. Just tap Download File in the menu section of the web application and select the document you want to replay from your computer.
When you are finished, you can export the corrected document to your computer. Please note that Grammarly can only export documents in .DOCX format.
Currently, Ginger does not support uploading documents to its web application. You can only (manually) paste the content you want to replay in the editor.
Note: To use the Ginger Web Editor, you must have the extension installed in your browser. You can use the Grammarly web editor without installing the extension.
3. Thesaurus and translation
In the upper right corner of the Ginger editor, you will find the Translation and Synonyms sections. If part of the document you are working on is not written in English, you can copy the foreign text, paste it into the translation area and press the green translation button. Ginger would automatically detect the language and provide the English translation in the second box.
Finding synonyms for words is also easy with Ginger. Press the Synonyms section, enter a word and its synonyms will be provided.
Although Grammarly doesn’t offer text translation services at the moment, it does allow you to check word synonyms fairly coolly. When writing in the Grammarly app or in a web browser with the Grammarly extension, double-tap a word and its synonyms will appear.
One thing I noticed when using the two grammar checkers is that Ginger’s thesaurus provides a larger collection of synonyms than Grammarly.
4. Keyboard applications
Grammarly and Ginger’s mobile keyboard apps are fine and working as they should. Ginger seems to be richer in functionality. Here’s why.
Language entry options
Using the grammar keyboard, you can only type in English. However, it allows you to choose / change your language preference for different forms of English writing styles: American English, Australian English, British English and Canadian English.
The Ginger keyboard application only allows you to choose between two writing styles in English (American English and British English). However, there are around 58 different languages that you can type using the keyboard. Go to Settings> Keyboard settings> Languages, and select the language entry options. You can choose multiple languages. To change the input language while typing, press and hold the space button and select the new preferred language.
Note: The Ginger Keyboard App spelling checker detects incorrect spellings and other grammatical errors only when the input language is set to English.
The Ginger app also comes with a dedicated writing tab where you can compose or paste text for spell checking and proofreading. When you select a word in the writer, Ginger allows you to translate the word into another language, find its synonyms, or search for its meaning in the integrated Ginger dictionary.
The Grammarly mobile keyboard app does not have a dedicated writer.
Translation and synonyms
Like its web editor, the Ginger mobile app also includes a Translate and Synonyms section for, of course, translating words from one language to another and finding synonyms for words, respectively.
You cannot translate words or check synonyms with the Grammarly mobile app.
When you download the Ginger app on your Android device, you get a bonus dictionary. Launch the app, tap the hamburger menu icon in the upper left corner and select Set. This launches the application dictionary, where you can search for the definition or definitions of English words.
The dictionary provides voice pronunciation of words and also allows you to check synonyms and associated words.
5. Plans and prices
Grammarly and Ginger are available for free but are limited in feature offerings. To access all the (advanced) features of the two grammar checkers, you need to subscribe / upgrade to premium paid plans.
Ginger offers its premium plans in three (3) levels:
- Monthly – costs $ 11.98 / month.
- Annual plan – costs $ 59.88 (at $ 4.99 / month).
- Two-year plan – costs $ 95.76 ($ 3.99 / month).
The grammatical bonus plans are as follows:
- Monthly – $ 29.95 / month.
- Quarterly – one-time payment of $ 59.95 (approximately $ 19.98 / month).
- Annually – a one-time payment of $ 139.95 (approximately $ 11.66 / month).
There is also a premium grammar plan designed for teams and companies with members ranging from 3 to 149. The business plan costs $ 12.50 / month for each member of the team and is billed annually.
Ginger’s premium plans are cheaper than Grammarly’s. However, Grammarly’s plans are much better – in terms of functionality – and that justifies the price difference.
Grammarly and Gboard are two of the most used keyboard apps. Which one should you use? Check out our comparison in the linked article below.