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Where did my old question go?

I wrote a well sourced, well thought out question for the English StackExchange, and you guys didn't like it. OK, whatever, you guys never like what I have to say, so that's not new. I'd like to ...
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Are questions about APA formatting on-topic?

I have a question relating to the proper formatting for multi-paragraph block quotes under APA-7. This would appear to fall under "usage", but I know that StackExchange communities tend to ...
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Gratuitous personal attacks by poster

The question is similar to: Why did you murder the man? Instead of: Did you murder him? I have never seen spill the tea, and I do get around. – @XXX Apr 27 at 14:37 crudely questioning my experience. ...
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Is there a comprehensive grammar of British English from the early twentieth century that you recommend?

I am a native English speaker and I would like to read an old-fashioned grammar of British English: one that is prescriptive, one that predates generative linguistics I have been enjoying "The ...
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How can we know what dictionary an entry on Dictionary.com is from?

Dictionary.com just got a lot worse. For example, looking up helium gives you entries from four dictionaries, labeled "American", "British", "Scientific", and "...
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Want to complain about a gratuitous personal attack on the main site

I have been accused of anti-Semitism: I’m voting to close this question because it is an excuse to link to an anti-semitic post. If the commenter is a mind-reader, he/she should post his/her ...
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We should not be pasting definitions from online dictionaries into answers when their terms of service prohibit such use

Some online dictionaries prohibit such copying of their content. Some examples below (not meant to be an exhaustive list, and any bolding for emphasis is mine) : First, from the Stack Exchange terms ...
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Is requesting a English word or saying back to its native language on-topic?

Currently my understanding is that is completely on-topic to request a translation of a non-English word or phrase to an equivalent word or phrase in English; e.g, single-word-requests,idiom-requests. ...
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What are the highest quality textbooks for learning English grammar? [duplicate]

I am a native English speaker, but I think my grasp of grammar is too weak. So, I want to know what textbooks or reference books others deem worthy of using to deepen and broaden their understanding ...
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Does the community think that we need a 'grammar, but too basic for ELU: almost any book on grammar will answer this clearly' close-vote reason?

A recent question on ELU: Is a noun always preceded by a determiner? I believe that this is so easily answered by looking at virtually any book on grammar (it could be argued that even dictionaries ...
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The Reader Over Your Shoulder by Robert Graves

Does anyone know if there is a contemporary book that explores style in a similar way to The Reader Over Your Shoulder?
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Problematic migrations to ELL (an ongoing thing)

Why does ELU keep migrating this type of question? Are they too cowardly to close them? A recurrent issue on ELL. It's like we are the poor relation that can have the awful questions dumped on us. See ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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How to find particular topics in CGEL?

How can I find a topic I have a question about in CGEL? I often have problems but can't find the topic when I go to CGEL. Is there any better way to deal with a problem like this? How do you search in ...
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Stack Exchange cannot be excluded from the sociocultural evolution of language, correct?

Being a long-evolved language, missing definitions are rare within English. Nevertheless, meanings are sometimes missing, resulting in the formation of new words to fill those gaps. This occurs ...
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'Answerable by a dictionary' unsuitable for grammar questions

In a very welcome post, long overdue: Replacing our "research" close reason: Final review ... one of the new close-vote reasons is given as "answerable by a dictionary." Now, if ...
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What's off-topic about the question regarding the history of a slur?

The question When did Western newspapers stop using the term “Japs” in their publications? was asked yesterday and has really been riding the closure-rollercoaster: Expanded details: The first time, ...
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Thank you, Professor Lawler and Rest in Peace!

I am saddened to announce the passing of John Lawler on Saturday November 25. Many of us here were friends with him, and countless more helped by his answers. For those of you who aren't familiar with ...
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Please fix the standard sans-serif page title

Once again the site design has been disrupted by a standard change. This is how Help pages used to look: They now have really bold titles: Because of the size of the heading, this unbalances the ...
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What resources do I need to consult before asking a question?

Many Stack Exchange sites require that users do some research before asking a question. Does English Language & Usage have such a policy? If yes, what resources should users consult before asking ...
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Why is there no name on this comment except for "delete"?

The first comment under this answer is seemingly by someone with the name "delete". And yet, no tooltip/message appears when you mouse over this name. Screenshot: For convenience, here is ...
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Are we being encouraged to answer very old questions, or are they just being made more visually pleasing?

Some time ago, perhaps still, new answers to old questions were put under review (in a review queue), as if to imply: 'This question has been addressed, at length; what could possibly be the value-add ...
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Collection of English sentence-level grammar rules as semi-structured "data"?

I am looking for structured data of English grammar, however much might have been done. Specifically sentence-level grammar (as opposed to word morphology rules, though finding structured data for ...
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May I speculate in comments?

The question What does "make the Iacke go" mean? has received four answers, all of which propose theories as to what the phrase means. Under it are also some comments that, to me, raise an ...
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Can we reopen the question "Which format is most common for representing a number range in U.S. punctuation style and in British punctuation style?"

I have edited the question Which format is most common for representing a number range in U.S. punctuation style and in British punctuation style? so that it now asks a factual question about whether ...
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Recommend the best book for articles [duplicate]

Can you recommend the best book on English grammar articles? The indefinite and definite articles a, an, and the?
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What resources to use for understanding archaic English usage?

I am reading the book "The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood" by James Gleick. Every now and then an old/archaic English sentence, from some reference, is quoted in this text. How ...
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How can it be true that this site works by popular vote when no one can vote until they get to a certain reputation?

How can it be true that this site works by popular vote when no one can vote until they get to a certain reputation? The statement is not accurate. I saw a very inaccurate meaning of a gesture that ...
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Should "Is a comma splice always a mistake?" be reopened as the face of two merged questions (both of which are now closed)?

The question "Is a comma splice always a mistake?" on the main site was merged (on July 3, 2023) with the question "Why is the comma splice an error?" also on the main site, as ...
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Problem with the "Closed" message?

Part of the "Closed" message is shown below, followed by a current example. Change the sentence "I don't know you" into a compound sentence In my opinion "... and clarify ...
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When are commas optional?

In revising a 1953 manuscript in which the author (a non-native speaker, a professor, quite proficient in English yet with a few lingering idiosyncrasies) and the original editor (OUP, New York branch,...
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Why do my questions on the etymology of idioms get closed, yet this one was accepted?: What is the origin of "out of sight" or "outa sight" i?

Every question I have asked about the etymology of an idiom gets pulled. Yet I found this one that stayed up. It's espcially irritating because sometimes before my question gets closed, I have ...
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Where can I locate dictionaries or resources that provide explicit markings for silent letters in words?

As someone who speaks English as a non-native language, one thing that often perplexes me is determining when to disregard silent letters in pronunciation. Although it doesn't completely hinder me, it ...
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Why was my question locked after edition?

Recently, I asked a question. Another user edited it a little. But now I see it's locked for about one hour. Why did it happen? Did I do a bad thing to deserve it?
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What's up with the [usage] tag?

The tag usage redirects to word-usage, as the two are synonymized. But I can still find the tag on certain questions. When I search for the word-usage tag, many of the earlier results still display ...
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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

Update: Closing remarks The phrasing I suggested in an answer below is now live: Background We have a massive problem with close votes. There's no sense in placing blame — we've been on this path ...
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Should there be an increasing number of close votes required to re-close a question that has been reopened?

This question was closed with three votes for "insufficient research" - although I'm unclear why, because even after doing all the "research" suggested in the answers, the correct ...
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What research is required over common knowledge words?

For this question, it was closed due to a lack of research. Seems like an arbitrary reason to close, especially when no comment is given for what type of research is lacking. I think most word usage ...
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Would it be possible for the page to remember the depth to which a person has expanded their answer textbox on a particular response?

I would find it a great convenience if the page could remember how far I had dragged open the text-box for a response I had given. When I am working with a strange (new to me) keyboard, I tend to make ...
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List of phrasal verbs by approximate usage frequency?

I have found two sources of lists of phrasal verbs in English: Textbooks for people learning English as a second language introduce a few of them every now and then, and dictionaries of phrasal verbs ...
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Why is my question about the etymology of "foundation" off-topic?

This question of mine got closed as off-topic, in spite of receiving way more upvotes than downvotes and also receiving a detailed answer. Why did it get closed?
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Which books should I refer to in my master's thesis about parallelism? [closed]

What books should I read for my thesis about parallelism in rhetorical devices?
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Is there already a NL model, like Chat GPT or something, that is reliable to use for verb tense structure?

I'm trying to build a schematic table/diagram with all the possible combinations of: verb tenses (Past Simple to Conditional 3) form (Affirmative to Interrogative Negative) auxiliary verb conjugation ...
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Is the "second" ("secondary") definition any less the definition than the first one? What do you call this?

I submitted a research paper where I defined a word according to the definition provided by Oxford English Dictionary. The word has multiple definitions; this one actually has "1," "2....
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Question was closed as duplicate but is a different question

The question Why did English take the "mix pronunciations and spellings" route instead of one rule route like French, or separate languages/dialects like Spanish? was closed as a duplicate ...
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Looking for an online tool which provides a frequency of usage of any search phrase/sentence provided using large corpus of online text

I am looking for an online service which provides the frequency of a search phrase across all the literature in English that there is. Hopefully billions of lines of text. For example, if the phrase ...
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Request to reopen a closed-as-duplicate question: Can you write "... me's" (the possessive)?

Note: The question has now been reopened. I have added further examples of the group genitive to my answer to the question. This should help to distinguish it further from the hyphenated compound ...
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Is Merriam Webster dictionary an outdated and unreliable dictionary?

An experienced user posted this comment under an answer that cited M-W dictionary. You say Btw, MW is the worst, most out-of-date dictionary on the planet!, but GKP regularly sings its virtues in ...
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What resources/reference can I use when converting sentences from American English to British English?

Which reference document can I consult for converting American sentences into British English? Is there a gold standard resource?
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Seeking cursive writing samples along with a typed version

I want to find some samples of English cursive writing along with their typed versions. Where can I find this? This is for practice purposes: I want to attempt to read the cursive version and look at ...
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