Let’s explore how to use apostrophes in contractions. Apostrophes are different from other kinds of punctuation marks. Unlike periods, commas, or question marks, for instance, an apostrophe becomes part of a word and can change its meaning dramatically.
In a recent Ask Cozy Grammar session, Thomas answered a question about filming at the Harry Potter Studio outside London for the Basic Cozy Essay Course.
Something students often find confusing is how to use an ellipsis in a sentence. We may see it employed all around us . . . and yet be uncertain how to use it ourselves. In the Basic Cozy Punctuation Course, Marie explores how to use the ellipsis as one of the four ways a period is used within a sentence.
To close out this month’s Ask Cozy Grammar session, Thomas reads a poem called “Hands Beyond Hands Beyond Hands” from his book “The Safety of Edges.”
To close out this month’s Ask Cozy Grammar session, Thomas reads a poem called “Sabbath” from his book “The Safety of Edges.”
To close out this month’s Ask Cozy Grammar session, Thomas reads a poem about gratitude from the 12th century Tamil woman, poet, and saint Avvaiyar and her book “Moothurai.”
To close out this month’s Ask Cozy Grammar session, Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma reads a poem called “Cascadian Lyric.”
Carlos asks, “How do we know if we should use me or I?” Here Thomas gives a simple and cozy way to remember the difference between me and I.
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.
In a recent Ask Cozy Grammar session, Angie F. wanted to know more about Cozy Grammar and its courses. Here Thomas gives an overview of how Cozy Grammar came to be.
With so many of us now learning from home, have you found yourself needing grammar help, resources, ideas, or support for your kids? Do you want to learn or teach language in ways that inspire creativity and confidence? Send us your question and we’ll answer it in a video!
Dennis E. asks, “What is your teaching experience and background?” Here Thomas describes his experience with grammar and language, explaining how he brings his life’s work as a writer to his work for Cozy Grammar.
Even the brightest students of English grammar can become confused about whose or who’s. In fact, a student from Kahului, Maui, recently asked me to clarify the difference in an Ask Cozy Grammar video. After you take a peek, I’ll share three keys I’ve discovered to remembering grammar easily, keys you can easily use with your students.
A topic that can sometimes intimidate students (or their teacher or parents!) is how to use quotation marks in a sentence. Everything seems fine till you need to combine quotation marks with other kinds of punctuation marks, like periods and commas. Does the final period go inside or outside the quotation marks? Here’s our answer.
Marie and I have both long believed that grammar can enhance creativity. We’re therefore particularly delighted to share a poem written by one of Cozy Grammar’s students, Miguel Gonzalez Del Castillo. Miguel wrote the following poem in response to a creative writing assignment in the Basic Cozy Grammar Course.
Do you remember the first time you discovered exclamation marks? How powerful! And how fun! These marks can serve powerfully, especially when used adeptly. But using exclamation marks adeptly can take some practice. That’s why we wanted to share two free excerpts from our Basic Cozy Punctuation Course.