Julia C. from Walla Walla asks, “When do we use the word amount and when do we use the word number?” Here Thomas explains amount vs number by explaining count and non-count or mass nouns.
Leamon M. from New Orleans asks, “Can I use a plural and a singular together to express an understanding?” Here Thomas explores subject verb agreement, pronoun antecedent agreement, and using the singular and plural together.
Jason J. from Cape Town, South Africa asks, “What is the difference between there, their, and they’re? It’s a bit confusing.” Here are three ways to remember the difference forever.
Liam from Meridian, Idaho, asks, “What part of speech is a number in a sentence?” Here Thomas explores how numbers sometimes serve as adjectives or determiners, and sometimes serve as nouns. It all depends on the context of the sentence.
Jorge R. from Sacramento asks, “What is the difference between avocation and vocation?” Here’s a simple way to remember that an avocation is a hobby, while a vocation is a calling.
Jonathon C. asks, “What is the difference between ability and capacity?” Here Thomas gives an answer that explores ABILITY, CAPACITY, also also another frequently confused word, CAPABILITY.
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.
Marie believed that grammar gives us a marvelous way to understand the power of language, a way she believed could also be fun. That’s why this month we wanted to share a free and fun game for learning the eight parts of speech. Take a peek and then download a free PDF of Marie’s Cozy Grammar Game!