A viewer recently asked us to compare the words ephemeral and ethereal. Thomas offers a peek into the roots of each word to make their meanings clear.
Awais R. asks, “Can you differentiate between at times and sometimes.” Thomas explores the difference and how it connects to poetry.
Jennifer A. asks, “What part of speech are here and there?” Here Thomas explains how to use and classify these words in a sentence.
A student recently asked whether it is correct to say “it’s me” or “it’s I.” As Thomas explains, both are right but for different reasons.
Pablo R. asks, “How do you know when to use after or afterwards?” Here’s a way to tell the difference between them and also the word afterward.
When we use the phrase “one of those who,” do we say “one of those who ARE” or “one of those who IS”? How are they different?
Ezane H. asks, “What is the difference between figurative and literally, metaphorically? Does literally also mean figuratively? How do you use it in a sentence?” Take a peek at this answer from Thomas
Emilio W. asks, “What is the difference between beside and besides?” Here’s an answer from a recent Ask Cozy Grammar session, complete with examples.
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.
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.
Wondering when to use anyone vs any one? Here, with the help of a madrona tree and some deer, Thomas explains the difference between anyone and any one.
Wondering when to use allude vs elude? Here, in the middle of a snowstorm, Thomas explains the difference between allude, elude, and also the more unusual word illude.
Wondering when to use awhile vs a while? Here, in the middle of a snowstorm, Thomas explains the difference between awhile, as an adverb, and a while, as a noun phrase.
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.
Dave P. from Evanston, Illinois. asks, “Are amend and emend synonyms?” Here’s a handy trick from Thomas about how to remember amend vs emend.
Lucretia D. from Milwaukee asks, “What is the difference between all ready and already?” Here’s a handy way to remember the difference!