Carrie V. asks when to use A or AN before a word: “I thought it had to do with vowels, but sometimes people don’t follow this rule. Help!” Here Thomas gives 3 essential tips about A and AN, including in front of the letter H
In the Basic Cozy Punctuation Course, one of the topics both Marie and I explore is how to use a semicolon in a compound sentence. Semicolons have a way of confusing young learners (and not-so-young learners) because their appearance can seem a bit confusing, but there’s a simple way to remember what they do.
Natasha W. asks,” What are run-on sentences and comma splices?” Here are three tips from Thomas on how to identify these issues and fix them easily.
One of the most common and confusing issues in English grammar is the difference between lay, lie, and laid. People can usually remember that there IS a difference, but most have trouble remembering what the difference is. Here Thomas shares a way to remember the difference between lay, lie, and laid for good.
In a recent Ask Cozy Grammar session, Angie F. wanted to know more about how to sign on to Cozy Grammar’s courses. Here Thomas gives a step-by-step overview.
To close out this month’s Ask Cozy Grammar session, Thomas reads a poem called “Hands Beyond Hands Beyond Hands” from his book “The Safety of Edges.”
To close out this month’s Ask Cozy Grammar session, Thomas reads a poem called “Sabbath” from his book “The Safety of Edges.”
Sara A. asks, “How can we master spelling?” Here are three tips from Thomas on how to become a spelling master.
To close out this month’s Ask Cozy Grammar session, Thomas reads a poem about gratitude from the 12th century Tamil woman, poet, and saint Avvaiyar and her book “Moothurai.”
Andrew L writes, “How is W a vowel, as stated in “Marie’s Handy Guide to Spelling Rules?” Here is a step-by-step guide filmed on Plum Forest Farm that shows exactly when W is a vowel and when W is a consonant
Sri Kushal asks, “What is the difference between gerunds, infinitives, and participles?” Here is an answer from Thomas with three handy ways to distinguish these commonly confused verbals.
When we start learning grammar, certain terms can feel intimidating. What is a principal clause? What is a compound sentence? Ideas like these can be confusing and can make students anxious. Yet knowing grammatical terms like these can help open the doors to excellence in writing and greater appreciation of beauty.
To close out this month’s Ask Cozy Grammar session, Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma reads a poem called “Cascadian Lyric.”
Carlos asks, “How do we know if we should use me or I?” Here Thomas gives a simple and cozy way to remember the difference between me and I.
Are you looking for a free English spelling course online that you can use with your family or yourself? Check out our Free Cozy Spelling Course, a comprehensive 36-course that encourages student to listen, look, write, and learn.
Donya asks, “Why is it important to teach in many different ways?” Here’s an answer from Thomas, drawing on the wisdom found in a poem by the Tamil woman, poet, and saint, Avvaiyar.