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Why is it not possible to comment on questions deleted by the post author?

The following question was posted not long ago: Causative Structures: have + object + ing-form The question interested me so I started working on an answer. Before finishing my answer, I saw that the ...
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Why is the present tense used in this sentence? [migrated]

Why is the last sentence (Last year he's MVP.) written in the present tense? 'Hey, Ding Dong,' he calls. 'Who won the ball game?' 'Brooklyn wins it in a romp, fourteen to three.' 'Yeah? Great. Who ...
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Can we migrate 'Is there any online tool to read (pronounce) IPA and APA written words?' and its like to Meta?

This question (Is there any online tool to read (pronounce) IPA and APA written words?) has 105k views and 83 upvotes. But it's been closed because it's asking for a resource. Most resource requests ...
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What does recent research tell us about how English sounded in Shakespeare's time?

I am interested in finding a present-day pronunciation that I could point to as close to that which was spoken in Shakespeare's era, much as if I were directing one of Shakespeare's plays and were ...
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How is this question opinion-based?

How is this question opinion-based? ("May I have a mango!" is it an Imperative, Optative or Interrogative sentence?) There is nothing that seems inherently subjective about it, nor does it ...
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Is there a reference/archive of English verbs and their argument structure (± their theta roles)?

Is there a reference/archive of English verbs and their argument structure? That is to say, how many and what categories of arguments they require. And maybe even their theta roles? I don't expect ...
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Is there any dictionary or app that list/orders words by their parts of speech?

I want to expand my English vocabulary. So, I need a dictionary or mobile app that can show me the relevant words grouped by their parts of speech. But I am not able to find anything like it after ...
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When are list-questions on topic?

Perhaps this is a bit too broad a question, but we'll see. Here goes. Right now, the consensus seems to be that list-question SWRs are opinion-based or too broad (and thus off-topic). List-question ...
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What is the meaning of, “…a man who had no truck with looking back..”? [migrated]

What is the meaning of, “…a man who had no truck with looking back..”? I understand the meaning of a man in a truck looking back, but “who had no truck with looking back” eludes me. Alternative ...
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Are there any differences between U.S. Grammar & Usage and British Grammar & Usage?

Are there any differences between U.S. Grammar & Usage and British Grammar & Usage? Are there separate areas here in English Grammar & Usage for U.S. English use and for British English ...
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Backing up i.imgur.com images that may be at risk due to their new ToS

Now, you should be using the "add picture" feature in the editor to get an i.stack.imgur.com address for your images in your posts. That is hosting that SE pays for and images there won't ...
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Need English Grammar Refresher Book, College Level, not ESL text

I am looking for a U.S. college-level English grammar text, one with answers to end-of-chapter exercises. I was born in the U.S. and have only spoken and written in English. I had a good English ...
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ELU, or Writing?

As the editor/curator of a game fanzine, I have an agreement with the editor/curator of a similar fanzine written in Spanish that allows each of us to select articles from the other and translate to ...
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Why the phobia of anything linguistic?

Wanting to learn about sentence diagrams, and on the recommendation of an English teacher, I picked up the book "Syntactic Analysis: The Basics" by Nicholas Sobin. The thin book is, as it ...
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Why was this question closed as 'opinion based'?

This question was closed as being "opinion based," and I am interested in knowing why. The main part of the question is as follows: I am trying to find a word that can be used in formal ...
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Can we get this question back from ELL, please?

A very interesting question, which looks like it was asked by a native speaker, got migrated to English Language learners: What does 'ever' modify? The question asks whether the word ever is ...
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Will websites like English Stack Exchange and its ilk become obsolete due to ChatGPT?

I'm seriously worried. I would love to hear thoughts from members of this community.
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Why was my question about word definitions and differences closed by mods and downvoted by readers?

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post, What's the difference between backward(s) and backwardly? Why was my question closed and why are the mods refusing to ...
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Is there a need for an addition to the "reasons for closing" for questions that are based on misprints or false assumptions?

I propose another reason for closing a post: “The question is based on a misprint or other error in the example, a false assumption, and or the acceptance of incorrect guidance.” There are numerous ...
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How do those "Your answer could be improved with additional supporting information" things work?

I often see comments under answers like: Your answer could be improved with additional supporting information. Please edit to add further details, such as citations or documentation, so that others ...
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IELTS test resources [closed]

I want to prepare for the IELTS academic exam, and I am so confused about the best resources. Do you have any suggestion for me? And in your opinion, which is better Collins or Cambridge books for ...
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Where to ask for advice specific to the writing of scientific papers?

Where to ask a question about grammar or word usage specific to scientific papers ? For a situation of the following type: I wrote a grammatically correct sentence but maybe it is unusual in a ...
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Should we capitalize divine pronouns on here?

I'm never sure whether to capitalize divine pronouns or not, unless it's a private audience of people I know well. Who knows what all offends strangers? My aunt, for example, was offended and scolded ...
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Why were comments locked on my post?

I recently asked a question, and after a while that post was locked and comments were disabled. Why did that happen with that question? The message said: Locked for 22 hours. Comments on this ...
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Has EL&U stopped tweeting?

Does anyone know why no question has been tweeted since 8 Feb 2023? The last tweet was How does one pronounce Pompey?, and then nothing has happened for more than a week.
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What's difference between oed.com and oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com

Could you help me to compare oed.com vs Oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com Are they both from Oxford University? Where can I find a list of Oxford official website?
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COCA corpus: Is it possible to display a list search result as parts of speech?

I want to know what parts of speech (and in what frequency) follow a word or phrase. If I do a list search, for example "for the purpose of *", the result is a list of the actual words in ...
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Should we update our site's policy against helping programmers choose names to use in their software?

There are only two hard things in Computer Science:cache invalidation and naming things. ―Phil Karlton Today we received yet another request for naming help: Is there a term which covers both bank ...
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What are the main historical grammar reference books? [closed]

Our main present-day grammars seem to be Quirk's (1980s), Biber's (1990s) and Huddleston's (2000s). Out of historical curiosity, what were main grammar references of the preceding decades? Who or ...
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2022: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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If a question is too easy, should it be closed, or should it be migrated to ELL?

I've noticed that, when a question is too easy and the answer can be quickly looked up, people respond in one of two ways: Migrate the question to ELL, since it's too easy for EL&U. Close the ...
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After I fix my closed question, how or where do I ask for it to be reopened?

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: defining “Well,” when it introduces these sentences My posted question was closed by a moderator who wrote this ...
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What are the best text-to-IPA converters that match the IPA transcriptions in the Oxford American English dictionary?

There are so many text to IPA converters available but I am having difficulty finding a text-to-IPA converter that consistently or closely matches the IPA transcriptions in the Oxford American English ...
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What does the "save this question" button do [duplicate]

What does the "save this question" button do? How do I find it and recall it after I have saved it?
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Meta and Reference Sources: The Invisible Man?

ELU Meta contains questions that exist as resources for (generally) less knowledgable users. In principle I think this is a good thing as it keeps questions about reference sources (rather than ...
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Unreasonable expectations for questions and pedantic gatekeeping

I recently posted the following question: is it substitute by or substitute for by While doing my research on the question, I mistakenly came under the misunderstanding that the passive voice was ...
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Editing a question for long-term value vs. preserving the original poster's point of view

A recent question on the main site requests an English equivalent of a Hindi proverb rassi jal gayi par bal nahi. Evidently the poster feels that a key feature of the Hindi expression is an element of ...
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Detecting output of Large Language Models

Are there any linguistic analysis algorithms designed to detect the output of undisclosed computerized large language models (bots) that pops up on question-answer sites, eg Quora? (vs text written by ...
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Relatively recent instances of foreign language grammar entering standard English usage

I am generally curious about instances of grammar and syntax from foreign languages entering standard English usage within the last century or two. This interest is specifically motivated by my ...
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How did I get an "Unsave this answer" flag?

Earlier I wrote and posted an answer to this question: Order of prepositions "of" and "by" Somehow, in the process of making one or two edits almost immediately, the flag under the ...
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"Community" edits are often useless and confusing

I've seen this happen many times: A question will show "Community Bot modified 48 mins ago" on the index page, but when I go there I can't find any evidence of an edit to the question. All ...
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Ahhh! I lost my consecutive days streak

I had over 3950 consecutive days visited. That's over 10 years. And today I looked and I was at 2!?! I've been on the site every day. How did this happen? I'm really bummed. I've got browser history ...
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Is the background color of the ELU SE website based on the background color of the Etymonline website?

I was surfing etymonline and I found its background color exactly identical to the one of our beloved site. Is ELU’s background color based on Etymonline’s or is Etymonline’s based on ELU’s?
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Why was my question (which exists on academia with lots of upvotes) migrated to ELL?

I have asked a question about a word (so in my understanding a single-word request but I probably tagged it wrongly as word-choice) for the "text" that often appears in the body of ...
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Possible bug: The system tells me to select a reason even though I've already done so

I recently reviewed a question in the "reopen votes" queue. I wanted to keep the question closed because it was a single-word request but did not include sufficient information about how the ...
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Announcement: AI generated answers are officially banned here

It's really quite unbelievable, but artificial intelligence has recently gotten to the point where, given a question, it can give a stunningly coherent answer almost indistinguishable from a real ...
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How can word choice questions be closed for being opinion-based?

I asked a word choice question recently, and it was closed within minutes for being "opinion-based". Fine, I suppose it is. But there are over 11000 questions tagged for word choice, not ...
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Check to reopen a perhaps wrongly duplicate-closed question on the right indefinite article before a slash phrase (or before a parenthetical phrase)

I have already flagged it to a moderator who asked me to edit the question and ask to reopen it on meta. I ask the seniors here to think about reopening this: A or an before slash phrase? A or an ...
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An answer about spelling was deleted. Why?

December 7, 2022 An answer, which was highly upvoted, has been recently deleted by a mod. After searching briefly on the net, the content seems to be original and the author's explanation more than ...
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Why was my Ngram comment removed?

Not a big issue, but I’d like to understand why my comment on the following question was removed. It provided a link to Google Books on the usage frequency of “you and me” vs “me and you”. Curiously, ...
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