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What literary magazines do top writers follow?

What literary magazines do most writers follow these days? Nowadays as there's an abundance of literary magazines— online or printed— it is difficult to know which ones to go for. What are the best ...
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Can my question be re-opened now that it's edited?

I've updated my question Is there a better word for "boss” in this sentence? as requested, explaining why “boss” is not suitable. Please check and vote to re-open.
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Run out to help someone worriedly [migrated]

Is it grammatically correct to say “ run out to help someone worriedly”? For instance, When a little girl began crying loudly in the street, everyone ran out to help her worriedly.
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Are questions about explaining what the text mean on-topic?

Would the below question be on-topic? One may argue that it's better suited in Philosophy SE, but I guess that it's more about my English comprehension, therefore it's fine to ask it here. This isn't ...
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Reopen question about how to format footnote references?

The question about Formatting two adjacent footnote indicators in the body of the footnoted text saved my day back in January this year, and I am disappointed it's still closed. It has had a massive ...
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How can I figure out (the most) common modifiers used with a given word?

I'm wondering if there is a tool that can provide the answer to questions like the following: What are common adverbs used to describe thinking? What is the most common adjective used to describe a ...
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Why was this simple question so misunderstood?

I asked what I thought was a reasonable and simple question: "Are there historical examples of "unchartered territory" used correctly?. It received 2 down-votes and 2 votes-to-close, ...
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Why was my custom flag declined?

I recently came across an answer that consisted entirely of the text yeah apply the poweder okay> This is obviously not an answer, but I also think the answer was posted in bad faith, as I ...
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Over-zealous anti-pleasantries algorithm

In my first answer on ELU, I encountered difficulty in answering succinctly, due to a program built into the site that removes so called “pleasantries”. The question concerns how to write “salutations”...
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What makes a question about historical usage of a word off-topic?

The question about the historical usage of men to refer to human beings generally was closed as off-topic. It seems to fall under usage and perhaps even etymology, two of the listed acceptable topics....
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Why was this question about a single word's pronunciation (“whinge”) closed as off-topic?

I noticed that How is "whinge" pronounced? was closed as being off-topic. I once noticed somebody spelled "whine" as "whinge" and thought it was an egregious and ...
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How do we deter unexplained downvoting of newcomers’ questions?

I have today seen two examples of a newcomer’s question being downvoted without explanation. It is true that both questions needed improvement, and comments were made to that effect before the ...
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essay checking recommendations

i was practicing for my English exam next which is to be conducted next month but i don't have any idea where can I get suggestions on the essay. I only need to know if my essay sounds interesting ...
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What writing style/guide says to emphasize (using a bold font) topic sentences? [closed]

See this webpage/demo. I've seen this "technique"(?) being applied both in print and online. I want to know if there's a specific style or guide that recommends it, or if it's just common ...
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How does my question need to be “more focused”?

How does Why are service or maintenance contracts called 'warranties', when they aren't Legal Warranties? "needs to be more focused"? I asked two questions. Do you want me to ...
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Why did this question showing research was closed with the reason “Please include the research you’ve done”?

The question Where does the use of "deck" to mean "set of slides" come from? shows research. However, it was closed with the reason "Please include the research you’ve done&...
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Why is this community so elitist?

Every question you ask gets showered with people pointing and berating. This is the most toxic Stack Exchange community I've experienced. Better chances on Reddit.
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Is Tom Dalzell's book “The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English” authoritative?

I was surfing the internet and chanced upon "The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English" edited by one Tom Dalzell. Notwithstanding the praise for the book ...
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What's the preferred way to cite The Chicago Manual of Style?

I'm wondering if there are guidelines or common practices for citations to style guides that I haven't been able to find searching meta-ELU. Perhaps it's a non-issue and I've only thought about it ...
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Is Spotify an acceptable way to host audio sample?

I am preparing a question which might include an audio sample. It seems the only host I could find is Spotify. Can I ask a question that includes a link to Spotify?
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Why are questions in SE ELU closed because they are “opinion-based”

I am a non-native speaker of English. When I do not understand a word (because I have never seen it before for instance), I look it up in a dictionary. The dictionary will give me the meaning and ...
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Why is a question about pronunciation “opinion-based”?

A while ago, I asked this question: Is the diphthong /aʊ/ generally realized as [ɑʊ] in British English? [closed] (now closed). I did not receive any answer which is fine but I don't see why this is ...
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Are there any resources to find which prepositions are appropriate for a given verb/adjective and how they change the meaning?

Sometimes I'm unsure about which prepositions can be used with a verb or adjective and how they change the meaning. Are there any resources to help me with this?
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What is the difference between the “history” and “historical-change” tags?

How does one decide which tag to use: History: Questions about the history and trends of the English language Historical Change: For questions about how the English language has changed over time. ...
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Single-word-request rule clarification needed

My question Alternative to trumped was recently closed for being opinion-based. However, the tag single-word-requests has 300+ pages of questions similar to mine. Why is there the tag single-word-...
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Why is the question off-topic?

I can see that users are voting to close the question Where does Martian meaning inhabitant of Mars come from? as off-topic. What’s the problem with the above question? or is it just a question of ...
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traditional versus modern grammar book

Am I correct in describing A Student's Introduction to English Grammar by E. Huddleston and G. K. Pullum as modern grammar? It makes a distinction between complements and adjuncts, for example. If ...
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Why can edits to a closed question be rejected as “should have been written as a comment or an answer”?

Although a long-time reader of various SE sites, I'm new to active participation and still learning the rules and conventions. My question here is about the possible stock reasons for rejecting edits ...
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Are audio- and video-only questions on-topic?

Do questions on EL&U need to contain the text that forms the topic of the question, or can they essentially be just a link to a video? Consider this question: What does the woman say in the movie?...
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Just doubled up on gold Steward badges… badging bug?

I have, for some time now, had all 6 gold Steward badges for 1000 reviews of each type. These badges explicitly say they are awarded once per review type only. (And I haven't made 2000 reviews of ...
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Why are older posts being edited to remove the [etymology] tag?

I have seen at least 10 (and counting) proposed edits on the review queue from the same lower-rep user. For the most part, they are deleting the [etymology] tag, as seen in this post: The reason for ...
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Why are questions about the usage of synonyms off-topic?

Example question: How is “account” be different with “theory”, “model” or “approach”? This question is closed for being off-topic. One close-voter says: I’m can voting to close this question. A ...
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Website for finding Hypernyms [duplicate]

There are a lot of questions on this Stack Exchange asking "What is a hypernym for ___ and ___". Is there somewhere you can enter a list of words and it will suggest hypernyms? This question ...
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Proposed tag: unword or deanthropomorphize

A common theme on English Stack Exchange is someone who has a certain well-known word in their vocabulary, who understands this word may have undesired negative undertones for certain groups of people,...
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Where can I find the rules of the English SE?

It's been a long time since I was last active on SE in general. Now, in the last weeks I've been super pensive about the role of language in my life, especially the ones I learned as a grown up, in ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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What should I do if mods declined a flag I think was legitimate and regard violation of the code of conduct?

There's a user who's been posting pointless, off topic comments where I post genuine questions. Yesterday they chose to necropost on a 3 years and 4 months old question of mine, in a clear attempt to ...
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Where can I find a large corpus of contemporary English writing? [closed]

Where can I find a large corpus of contemporary English writing? I am a computer programmer, and I would like to execute a program which searches the corpus for certain text-patterns. I am willing to ...
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Is it good to migrate questions which are on-topic and have answers?

Question in question: What is the difference between an account and an approach? This question is on-topic on ELU and received two answers. The accepted answer says that the usage of "account&...
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Questions are now being edited to say “grammatically acceptable” instead of “grammatically correct”?

Two questions of mine were edited to change "grammatically correct" to "grammatically acceptable" in the title and similarly in the body by the same moderator. To seek ...
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Would it be appropriate to reopen the “'Home page' or 'homepage'” question from seven years ago?

The question "Home page" or "homepage"? was closed seven years ago on the following grounds: This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a ...
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Should we post an identical answer if we provide different (maybe better) research?

I read an answer to a single word request question. It was exactly what the OP had asked, but the answer provides only an article about the single word, no actual definition from a dictionary, or a ...
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Is ELU tag guidance required to “accord” with Linguistics.SE guidance?

Is ELU tag guidance required to "accord" with tag guidance at Linguistics.SE? I ask because a recent update-change I made to the tag guidance for etymology was rolled back by a moderator, ...
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Are word lists forbidden in the rules?

I replied to a poster who asked me to supply a list of words in a particular category, that this was not allowed in the rules. See When I tried to search for the rule, I couldn't find it (or indeed ...
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Is there any way of knowing who is serial down-voting me?

For new users...serial down-voting is strictly discouraged. It requires a certain amount of venom and dedication to go through another user's list of questions and answers and then methodically DV ...
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dictionary for American English

I have already Oxford Advanced Learner´s Dictionary, which I use at my home, but I want another one to my office. So I decided to take rather American dictionary but which one? After reading some ...
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Linked question is absent in “This question already has answers here” banner [duplicate]

I came across this question: Should personal pronouns always be placed at the end of a list? This question was closed eight years ago as duplicate of some other question. That question is not visible. ...
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Why is this question a duplicate?

I would like to understand why this question was classified as a duplicate. Is it not a bit stretched? I can see the similarity, but the structures present in the body of each question are in fact ...
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Blatant Grammatical Error [closed]

I have just Googled 'damn or damned' and was presented with a post on your site. Imagine my absolute horror when I saw in the explanation you gave, a grammatical error. You write 'Damn'is a verb........
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Why marked duplicate?

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: What is it called to use random error as evidence? Why was this ever marked duplicate? Why not just migrate?

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