This is what happened when I tested Ginger and Grammarly
To find out which grammar tool is best for bloggers and writers on a tight budget, I compared Ginger Software to Grammarly.
This comparison pits Ginger Software against Grammarly in order to determine which one is best for editing writing.
For this comparison review, I have tested both the premium and free versions of Grammarly. Grammarly is a regular part of my daily workflow. Ginger is not an app I use, so I was interested to see what the app has done since I tried it many years ago.
I also tested the Chrome browser extension and Grammarly desktop app on Mac OS. I also tried the Ginger app on Mac OS. Both apps were used to verify various pieces of nonfiction writing.
Many writers and artists can’t afford two grammar-checkers. These tools are not necessary if your goal is to improve your English.
Let’s see what happens.
How Ginger Software Works
Ginger is similar to Grammarly. You sign up for a free account, install the add-on or plug-in to MS Word or Chrome, and then download the mobile app on your Android or iOS phone.
It can scan any piece of writing and instantly identify grammar and spelling errors by underlining and suggesting fixes. It will spot and correct more errors than the standard grammar checker on MS Word or Google Docs.
Ginger and Grammarly should correct instances of passive voice, improve readability and fix clumsy sentence structures.
As the writer, you can decide whether these suggestions are valid and whether to accept them or not. A personal dictionary can be expanded with words.
The Premium version can be upgraded to fix any additional grammar errors.
Pricing of Ginger and Grammarly
Grammarly provides a free trial version that anyone can use via the web, desktop or plugin. The premium version costs $29.99 per month and is more expensive than Ginger.
Grammarly Business costs $29.99 per user per month.
Grammarly Business pricing depends on how many people are on your team.
The monthly cost is $25 per member of the team, or $12.50 for three members if you pay for an entire year. For teams greater than 10, the company offers sliding discounts
Ginger offers a free trial. Ginger Software Premium Plans are $3.99 per annum, which makes it more affordable than Grammarly.
An annual or two-year subscription can help you save money. A business plan is also offered by the company. Ginger software offers a money-back guarantee of 7 days.
Grammarly and Ginger offer keyboards for Google Play for Android as well as the App Store for iOS. A browser extension can be installed for Google Chrome, Safari, and Microsoft Office.
A desktop client for Windows or Mac allows you to access Grammarly and Ginger. There are also severe limitations to the Ginger Desktop app.
I was unable to find the Ginger web app, and it does not support Google Docs. Ginger doesn’t have a Firefox app.
Grammarly’s plagiarism detector is one of my favorite features.
For several websites that I manage, I often work with freelance writers. Before hiring a freelance writer to do additional work, I want them to show me if they have written something new or repurposed someone else’s work.
Grammarly allows me to quickly scan a document and check whether it is available elsewhere. This plagiarism checker can be used to scan my articles and find instances of inadvertent or stolen content.
Easy of Use
Grammarly and Ginger were tested by me checking over a book chapter with more than a thousand words.
Grammarly was able to import the book chapter I had copied into Grammarly.
Alerted me 36 possible grammatical errors (not all of them were problems).
Eight sentences were rewritten for clarity. The AI-writing assistant offered suggestions.
The Ginger Software desktop application for Mac encountered several internal server errors when I tried to paste the same chapter.
To complete my test, I switched to Google Docs and the Chrome browser extension. I was disappointed to discover that Ginger does not support Google Docs yet.
To investigate internal server issues, I returned to the Desktop app and found that the 3,000 limit was for characters and not words.
The free version can check 600 characters. The Premium version can check 3,000 characters for spelling and grammatical mistakes.
It turned out that I couldn’t copy entire documents into the desktop application. Ginger Software recommends this workflow:
Highlight a sentence or paragraph in my writing program of choice
Hit a Ginger shortcut
Wait for the Ginger desktop application popups app to show a suggested fix
Check out the edit
Copy and paste the amendment back to my writing application
This method of checking grammar in a book chapter was slower than Grammarly, unfortunately.
Writing Style and Accuracy
Ginger was still not accurate enough for me so I continued to use it. I copied the text Grammarly identified into Ginger Software line by line.
This is a Grammarly fix Ginger.
Grammarly highlights some common spelling and grammar errors.
Proposed amendments to grammar errors
So far, so good.
We didn’t offer copyedits to clarify because it doesn’t use the same AI-powered writing assistant.
Grammarly caught some grammar errors that you missed
Ginger and Grammarly both support custom dictionary. Grammarly’s dictionary can only be used in the business edition.
Grammarly supports English from the United States, Canada, Australia, and Great Britain. Ginger supports only the British English and the US.
Grammar Testing With Ginger: Why Use It
Ginger may be a good investment if you…
You aren’t a professional writer, but…
You want to quickly check the text of social media posts, emails, and…
Use Windows to work and…
Grammarly is too costly for you, but you want a premium grammar-checker
If that’s not possible, Grammarly or ProWriting Aid would be my choice.
Comparison of Grammarly vs ProWritingAid
Grammarly has increased its security over the years. It is now compliant with enterprise-grade industry standards such as SOC 2 (Type 1) PCI IDSSS and the Cloud Security Alliance. Ginger’s security was not mentioned on the website.
Caveat: Antidote is a great option if you are still concerned about uploading your writing to an internet server. It works right from your desktop.
Ginger Software vs Grammarly – The Bottom Line
Grammarly is my favorite grammar checking and proofreading tool for non-fiction English writers. ProWritingAid is a great tool for fiction writers and editors of long-form content.
Grammarly is free if you don’t have the money or can’t afford it. It is more accurate than MS Word and Google Docs.
You can probably combine a free tool such as Hemingway Editor and Grammarly Basic until your upgrade is complete. Grammarly Premium review: If you write a lot of English nonfiction articles and emails, Grammarly Premium is the best choice. Grammarly Premium will quickly find any other errors.
Grammarly Business is a great tool for writers who want to collaborate or work together. It is secure and designed for businesses.
Ginger is a great grammar checker but it does not have many Grammarly features like its AI-writing assistant. Grammarly’s writing assistant was also missing from my list. This grammar app didn’t work with my writing workflow.