In another post, I reported on my general experiences with Grammarly. I commented on different use cases, mainly with text pieces from my blog writing. By contrast, this post here focuses on a case study with a literary text piece from a novel.
I have taken the first 5,000 characters of a still unpublished German novel from a friend of mine. For an informed assessment, I am not just going to explain the different steps but will also provide the resulting text documents as attachments.
I ran the text passage through Google Translate and revised the text with Grammarly in two steps.
Figure 1: Screenshot of Grammarly alerts after Google Translate
- Step 1: This is the German original text passage.
- Step 2: The text after Google Translate (1 minute). In several passages, it is not understandable, and it feels awkward and clumsy.
- Step 3: Working through the text with Grammarly uncritically, e.g., without reading and thinking, only following Grammarly’s alerts (2 minutes). Grammarly comes up with 19 alerts, almost half of them about spelling (5) and punctuation (4). Grammarly does not detect the incomprehensible sentences or clauses.
- Step 4: Working through the text with Grammarly thoroughly, e.g., finding (with dict.cc) better suited vocabulary and changing sentence structures where appropriate to get a more correct and lively English (75 minutes).
I believe the final text is much better; even it is still imperfect and flawed. Please keep in mind that I am not an English native speaker.
The essential conclusion I want to draw after this experiment: The resulting text passage is in a quality I would have never achieved without the three tools I mentioned:
Figure 2: Screenshot of Grammarly plans and pricing
I would love to get comments from you:
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