My editor, who is also a dear friend, has a health issue and can't work on my novel. She was set to receive my manuscript in early December, so I'm scrambling to find a replacement. In the interim, I decided to download the free version of Grammarly for Word and see what it picked up.

No tool is perfect, but Grammarly does do a better job than the checks done within Word. It caught a couple instances of were when I should have written we're, and other things like that. The tool is a bit clumsy when it comes to updating the check when I reword a sentence - I have to close the file, reopen it, then run the checks again - but that isn't a big deal.

Generally speaking, I recommend the free version, because it filters out some of the most egregious errors and will let you give a cleaner copy of your work to an editor.