7 Places Grammarly’s Mobile Keyboard Helps You the Most

Smartphone users, rejoice! Grammarly has finally made the long-awaited jump to mobile (both iOS and Android!), helping us improve our communication even when using our smartphones and tablets.

But how can the Grammarly keyboard really help your writing experience?

We’re glad you asked! Here are just a few of the important places Grammarly’s new keyboard can help you show up as your best self when you’re writing on mobile.



1Gmail

If you’re like me, you probably spend a lot of your time responding to email. And even if you’re tapping out a quick reply on the train, between meetings, or waiting in the airport, you still want your communication to come across as professional.

Having access to Grammarly on mobile is a huge relief. The new keyboard integrates seamlessly with Gmail’s mobile app and elevates your writing to the same quality standard you’re used to on non-mobile devices.

Now you won’t have to worry about emailing your boss that you’re “running large foe teh meeting.”

2Your Favorite Dating App

If you use a dating or networking app like Bumble or Match, making a great impression is the name of the game—and using bad grammar tends to have negative results.

Research by dating sites Match.com and Zoosk found that the majority of their users (both women and men) consider bad grammar a significant turn off. (Yikes!)

Having Grammarly for mobile frees up your creative energy for crafting witty profiles and creative messages, so you can stop worrying about simple errors and start reeling in those high-quality matches.

3SMS

These days we use our smartphones for writing more often than we use them for phone calls, and texting is by far the most prevalent form of mobile communication.

For years, texting has been plagued with over-zealous autocorrect features that transform our innocuous messages into hilarious and often cringe-worthy results.

So if you’re ready to drastically reduce the number of embarrassing texts you send to your crush, your boss, and your mom, Grammarly’s mobile keyboard is a must-have. It’s your personal editor for clear, effective, mistake-free writing on mobile!

4Instagram

Let’s face it, Instagram is all about the perfect presentation. From the photo to the caption to the hashtags, you’re telling a story or sharing an idealized moment.

So whether you’re captioning the perfect vacation shot or commenting on your friend’s latest quotivational post, the last thing you want is a slew of glaring grammar errors distracting from the message you’re trying to convey.

Grammarly’s mobile keyboard ensures your Instagram game is always on point—at least when it comes to grammar. (Sorry folks. If your feed is mostly grainy photos of your lunch. . . that’s on you).

5Facebook

For many of us, Facebook is that go-to app for “in-between” times, like your morning commute, the five minute break between meetings, your mid-morning bathroom break, or waiting for your friend to show up at dinner.

So much of our posting and commenting happens on mobile, it’s great to finally have Grammarly double-checking your writing, just like it does on your non-mobile browser.

Plus, grammar trolls love to lurk on Facebook, so it’s nice to avoid that unwanted scrutiny whenever you roll out your next Facebook missive on something you truly care about.

6Evernote

Do you use Evernote? This app may be one of the best ways ever invented to keep track of everything in your life, and it automatically syncs between all your devices—desktop, tablet, and mobile.

Having Grammarly for mobile helps you keep your notes in great shape, so you won’t have to waste time editing them later. And with corrected spelling, you’ll always be able to find what you’re looking for when you use the search feature.

Go ahead—dash off a list of project ideas, edit your novel outline, organize your family’s vacation, all on your smartphone, without worrying about rampant errors.

7Twitter

It’s the platform of up-to-the-second social commentary that’s sparked countless cultural phenomena, political coups, and gems like “covfefe.”

Twitter may only allow 140 characters per tweet (or 280 if you’re feeling adventurous), but good grammar should still be a priority if you want to be taken seriously.

And if you need to fudge things a little for brevity’s sake, it’s always better to choose where you’re cutting corners (i.e., substituting “&” for “and”) than to make errors you weren’t aware of.

Are you using Grammarly’s mobile keyboard? You can now download it for your iOS or Android device.

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Lesson 323 – Mechanics – Capitalization

Capitalize the first word in every complete line of poetry.
Instructions: Capitalize each word that needs a capital letter.
1. “loveliest of trees, the cherry now
is hung with bloom along the bough,”
2. “roses are red.
violets are blue.”
3. “under a spreading chestnut tree
the village smithy stands.”
4. “once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore–“
5. “jack and jill
went up the hill,
to fetch a pail of water;
jack fell down,
and broke his crown,
and jill came tumbling after.”
–For answers scroll down.

Answers:
1. Loveliest / Is
2. Roses / Violets
3. Under / The
4. Once / Over
5. Jack / Jill / Went / To / Jack / And / And / Jill

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Grammarly Is Now on iOS and Android

Hey Android users! Since launching the Grammarly Keyboard for iOS, we’ve heard from lots of you wondering when the app would be available on Android. Well, first, we want to thank you for your patience. And second, we’re pleased to tell you that today’s the day! The Grammarly Keyboard is now available on both iOS and Android.

Life happens on the go. By 2018, 50 percent of workplace communication and collaboration will happen through mobile apps. But typing on your phone is awkward and imprecise—we’ve all fallen victim to the dreaded textfail at one time or another.


That’s why we built the Grammarly Keyboard, a personal editor that integrates seamlessly with all your mobile apps and your mobile browser. Whether you’re responding to an important client’s email, posting a Facebook message for the world to see, or texting your boss, you’ll always look polished and professional, even on your phone.

Want to know more? Read on. We’ve rounded up the most helpful information about the keyboard and put it all in one place for you.

What does the Grammarly Keyboard do?

Whenever you type with the keyboard, Grammarly will check your writing and make sure your message is clear, effective, and mistake-free. For Grammarly Premium users, the keyboard will also suggest style improvements and vocabulary enhancements. You’ll see the suggestions along the top of the keyboard, and you can accept a change just by tapping it. If you want to know why Grammarly made a particular suggestion, you can open the correction to see an explanation.

You can also specify whether Grammarly should use American or British English rules to check your writing, and you can add words to your personal dictionary to prevent Grammarly from flagging them as misspellings on any device.

Why a mobile keyboard?

As you’ve probably noticed, the world has gone mobile. In fact, Internet usage on mobile devices and tablets is now higher than Internet usage on desktop computers. It’s clear that communicating fast and accurately through your phone is more important than ever, but when that involves composing a message, it’s still slow and inconvenient. We designed the Grammarly Keyboard to be a personal editor that works anywhere you write, no copying or pasting required.

How do I get it?

If you’re on an Android device, head over to the Google Play Store and download the keyboard. If you’re on iOS, download it from the App Store. Next, open the app on your phone and you’ll be guided through the set-up process. Need more detailed instructions? We have you covered for both Android and iOS devices.

Can you see what I write on my phone?

The Grammarly Keyboard needs access to what you write in order to provide corrections and suggestions. We know that what you write on your phone is private, so we have encryption and several other measures in place to make sure it stays that way. Additionally, the keyboard is blocked from accessing anything you type in fields marked sensitive, such as credit card forms and passwords.

Does the keyboard support glide input?

Not yet—we wanted to give our Android users access to the app as soon as it was ready. But we do know that glide input is an essential feature for many Android users, so it’s something we will be tackling in the future. Keep an eye out for updates!

I’m using the keyboard and I want to tell you what I think!

Awesome! We love user feedback—it helps us focus on building features that are valuable to you. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Happy typing!

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Lesson 322 – Mechanics – Capitalization

Capitalize the first word of every direct quotation. Example: He asked, “Can this wait until tomorrow?”
Instructions: Capitalize each word that needs a capital letter.
1. “meet me at the station in the morning,” Alice said.
2. “yes,” said Rob, “it was charles dickens who wrote david copperfield.”
3. She said that she would help with the party if asked.
4. The clerk said, “you cannot use a personal check for the ride.”
5. “i used to live here in 1960,” said the man. “it has changed a lot since that time.”
–For answers scroll down.

Answers:
1. Meet
2. Yes/Charles Dickens/David Copperfield

3. (no capitals because it is an indirect quotation)
4. You
5. I/It

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Sorry for the Late Reply: How to Apologize for a Delayed Response

You don’t always respond to emails right away. In fact, sometimes you put them off until the next day, the next week, or—downcast gaze—the next month. At some point the calculus shifts from “Can I somehow compose an email that justifies my glacially slow response-time?” to “Would it be easier to just fake my death instead?”

While it doesn’t look or feel great, sometimes you have to own up to sleeping on someone’s message. Maybe it’s a professional contact you can’t afford to leave feeling forgotten, or a simple case of procrastination that’s gradually snowballed into full-on dread. Whatever the cause, we have some ideas for ways to break the silence and apologize for a late reply.

Does a slow response invariably require you to be sorry?

If you work in a fast-breaking, deadline-driven profession, you routinely email people back instantly. But that’s not always a realistic expectation, particularly when what’s at stake is the opposite of urgent. Being human doesn’t always necessitate an apology.

Say you get an email along the lines of “Hey friendly contact, could we meet up for coffee next week and free-associate about our industry?” While connections like this can be valuable, they probably won’t wither if you take a couple decadently unhurried days to respond.

In such cases, charitably assume these people get it. Skip past “sorry for the late reply” and cut straight to what matters: “Sounds good, and thanks for reaching out—How’s Thursday?”

Make clear that you do, in fact, care about responding late.

Not everything that lands in your inbox requires a reply, like, ever. Seriously. Sometimes though, even if it’s not essential, a laggy response is better than none at all.

Take the example of a former client or colleague who saw your new job title and took a few seconds to dash off a kind congratulatory note. If you didn’t respond at the very moment that email arrived, it’s nothing to feel guilty over. But if you never follow up, you might end up kicking yourself months later, whenever you need to refer a contact to them, or have a favor to ask. Try something like this:

Thank you so much for your thoughtful note last month! Also, my apologies for the slow reply; transitioning into this new role has been a little overwhelming, but I’m excited.

By the way, I recall you mentioning plans to launch a new campaign in the next few months—How’s that going? I’d love to hear more about it next time we get a chance to catch up…

That last part intentionally turns the interest back toward the person who wrote to you, since they took the time send their congratulations. After all, you don’t want your message back to read as wholly self-involved and oblivious, right?

Better late than never, we hope?

All right, so someone asked you for something. They needed some documents, or help finding a particular contact, and—argh—you dropped the ball. It happens. Freshen up your karma by showing this person that’s not what you’re about; acknowledge it and look for ways to be helpful. Like so:

Sorry for the delayed response. It took some time to find the reports you requested to compare against last year’s data, and your message got lost in the shuffle for a few days. I’m now attaching both documents as PDFs. Also, our marketing director has been on the road, but if you like, I can schedule a conversation with him after he gets back tomorrow.

Please let me know if that works, or if there’s anything else I can do to be helpful going forward.

Again, you’re owning the delay up front and getting the apology out of the way, then establishing that “indifferent relaxer” is not your default mode at work.

It’s no fun to be the bearer of bad news, and worse still to do it slowly.

Occasionally, you may have to tell someone they didn’t get the job, or that you’ve decided not to move forward on the project they proposed. Once you’re sure this is the case, if you can help it, don’t leave them in torturous suspense for weeks on end.

That said, if you’re past the ounce-of-prevention stage and are now shopping instead for a pound of cure, here’s a rough idea of how to get it over with:

My sincere apologies for the slow reply; I’d hoped to get back to you sooner. We very much enjoyed having you here for the job interview, as well as our conversation over lunch, but have decided to move forward with another candidate.

Given your extensive credentials and sterling reputation, we’d love to keep you in mind for other positions that might open up in the future. I’d also be happy to refer you to others in the industry who might be hiring. Let me know if I can put you in touch.

As ever, there’s not much use in belaboring how overdue your response is—own it, get to the point, and look for ways to make the recipient feel like they matter.

If all else fails, mark April 30th on your calendar

In recent years, April 30th has become something like a holiday for chronic email procrastinators. Best known as “Email Debt Forgiveness Day,” it’s an annual free pass to finally send all those messages you’ve put off for way too long, without worrying about whether you seem rude or have a decent excuse.

Then again, why wait until the end of April? Close out a few of those email obligations now, and you might feel better that much sooner.

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Lesson 321 – Mechanics – Capitalization

Capitalize the titles of books, newspapers, magazines, and all other kinds of literary works. Capitalize works of art, motion pictures, and musical compositions. Do not capitalize the articles (a, an, the), prepositions, or conjunctions unless they come first or last in these titles. Example: Death of a Salesman, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Instructions: Capitalize each word that needs a capital letter.
1. My favorite book is a tale of two cities.
2. Have you ever heard the song “earth angel”?
3. Jeff’s theme was entitled “among the stars.”
4. We take two newspapers new utah and the deseret news.
5. national geographic and reader’s digest are both interesting magazines.
–For answers scroll down.

Answers:
1. A Tale of Two Cities

2. “Earth Angel”
3. “Among the Stars”
4. New Utah/Deseret News

5. National Geographic/Reader’s Digest

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Quiz for Lessons 316 – 320 – Mechanics – Capitalization

Instructions: Capitalize each word that needs a capital letter.
1. The swedish angel was a modern hero.
2. Nowhere was anger laughing louder.
3. The required courses are math, english, science and world history I.
4. Popular ancient courses are greek, latin, and hebrew.
5. The president will address the house of representatives this afternoon.
6. The supreme court and federal banking commission are important government bodies.
7. capt. j. r. banner will meet with a. b. javits, esq. about the matter.
8. We will go at 8:00 a.m. or at 1:00 p.m.
9. Did Julius Caesar live in 25 b c. or a.d. 25?
10. mr. henry c. james, jr., and miss emily shepard were married by rev. frank black.
–For answers scroll down.

Answers:
1. Swedish Angel (epithet)
2. Anger (personification)
3. English/World History I
4. Greek/Latin/Hebrew
5. President/House of Representatives
6. Supreme Court/Federal Banking Commission
7. Capt. J. R. Banner/A. B. Javits, Esq.
8. A.M./P.M.
9. B.C./A.D.
10. Mr. Henry C. James, Jr./Miss Emily Shepard/Rev. Frank Black

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