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!
Hakkim A. asks, “What is a simple way keep from getting adopt and adapt confused?” Here Thomas explores adopt vs adapt vs adept, with three simple ways to remember the difference.
Juliana R. asks, “What is the difference between accept and except?” Here Thomas explores the difference between these commonly confused words, with clear examples of both accept and except and some handy memory tricks.
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.
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.