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.
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
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.
Sara A. asks, “How can we master spelling?” Here are three tips from Thomas on how to become a spelling master.
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
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.
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.
Whether you or your students are in school, homeschooling, unschooling, or just learning on your own, at some point you’re bound to face the question, “What is an essay?” Here’s Marie’s simple definition and a surprising second definition from Thomas. What is an essay? The powerful possibility of calmness.
Priti M. asks, “What is the best way to learn English spelling? Children always have problems with spelling. What is the best way to teach them?” Here are three keys from Thomas
Thomas gives a simple way to remember the difference between there, their, and they’re. THERE has to do with WHERE. THEIR is a possessive pronoun like OUR and YOUR. THEY’RE always expands into THEY ARE. Remember this and you’ll always remember the difference.
Lewis W. asks, “What does verb tense consistency mean?” Here’s a simple and direct answer from Thomas and Ask Cozy Grammar.
Thomas answers a question about how to encourage students and children to speak fluently and grammatically from an early age.
Taranindya asks, “What writing exercise can we use for practicing English grammar with a 9-year-old at home?” Here are some tips from Thomas.