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|Original author(s)||Alex Shevchenko, Max Lytvyn, and Dmytro Lider|
|Initial release||1 July 2009|
|Type||Online text editor with grammar checker, spell checker, and plagiarism detection|
|Alexa rank||263 (September 2019[update])|
Grammarly is a Ukrainian technology company that develops a digital writing tool using artificial intelligence and natural language processing. Through machine learning and deep learning algorithms, Grammarly’s product offers grammar checking, spell checking, and plagiarism detection services along with suggestions about writing clarity, concision, vocabulary, delivery style, and tone. The software was first released in July 2009. Grammarly is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in Kyiv, New York City, and Vancouver.
Grammarly automatically detects potential grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, and style mistakes in writing, following common linguistic prescription. Algorithms flag potential issues in the text and suggest context-specific corrections for grammar, spelling, wordiness, style, punctuation, and plagiarism. It is available as a web or desktop editor, as a browser extension for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge, and as an app for both iOS and Android. Premium service is available for a monthly or annual payment. The company also offers an enterprise tool called Grammarly Business.
It was developed in 2009 by Ukrainians Alex Shevchenko, Max Lytvyn, and Dmytro Lider. The backend grammar engine is written in Common Lisp. The app is owned by Grammarly, Inc., of San Francisco, California.
In May 2017, the company raised $110 million in its first round of funding. In October 2019, the company raised $90 million in a second round, at a valuation of more than $1 billion. It also became the first Ukrainian unicorn.
In 2018, a security bug was discovered in the desktop web browser extension version of Grammarly that allowed all websites access to everything the user had ever typed into the Grammarly Editor. This bug affected Google Chrome and Firefox and was rapidly fixed. Grammarly said it has no evidence that the security vulnerability was used to access any customers’ account data.
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