Sentences and Sense

The Free Cozy Grammar Newsletter with Marie Rackham and Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma

We have two free video excerpts for you this month on the topic of sentences and sense.

In an excerpt from Lesson 1 of the Basic Cozy Punctuation Course, Marie guides us through how to use periods at the ends of sentences. Then, in my own video from the Basic Cozy Punctuation Course, I show the importance of periods in making our sentences make sense.

But first, we wanted to acknowledge the hardship and worry caused by the recent COVID-19 outbreak. We hope this finds you and your family well and safely at home. May we all weather this difficult situation with perseverance, care, good humor, and hope. 

As our own small contribution, we are launching a free video learning get-together to answer your questions about grammar, punctuation, spelling, and writing, live online. We're calling our online gathering for parents and students Ask Cozy Grammar.

The first session will be on Tuesday, April 7th, from 1:00-1:30 PDT. All ages are welcome!

Learn more about our free online get-together in the following video. 

If you've never joined an online video get-together before, never fear!

We've put together a short step-by-step guide to getting set up.

Sentences and Periods

Now let's turn to this month's free video excerpts.

Sometimes, when grammar or life starts to seem complicated, it's a good idea to return to the basics.

That's what Marie does in this excerpt from the Basic Cozy Punctuation Course. She shows how we use periods at the end of both assertive and imperative sentences.

(If these terms are unfamiliar to you, check out last month's newsletter to learn about the four kinds of sentences.)

Sentences and Sense

Using punctuation at the end of a sentence may seem like a very basic matter, but it's also a fundamental part of how our sentences make sense.

Let me show you what I mean. In our second free video excerpt from the Basic Cozy Punctuation Course, I talk about how punctuation helps us SEE the sense of our sentences on the page.

Thanks and Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who entered our drawing last month for a free lifetime subscription to the Basic Cozy Grammar Course and the Basic Cozy Punctuation Course.

Our winner was Whitney W. from Kentucky. Congratulations, Whitney!

We'll likely hold our next drawing at the beginning of the summer.

In the meantime, we look forward to welcoming you to our free online get-together and Q&A, Ask Cozy Grammar.

If you have any questions about the online Q&A or about Cozy Grammar more generally, please feel free to contact us.

We'll do our best to answer your question as quickly as possible.

Thanks so much for joining us this month.

I hope to see you at the Q&A next week!

Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma



Marie's Language Consultant
The Cozy Grammar Series of Courses