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English Grammar book on 'Voice Change' and 'Narration Change'

I want to know the name of some English Grammar books, in which : (1) The Voice Change (Active to Passive and vice-versa) (2) The Narration Change have been discussed in details with examples.
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my Question about adjective-adverb "double duty" got closed

The post desriptor as simultaneously an adjective and an adverb, retaining truncated into one-ish. E.g.: "ornate, ornately furnished" ↦ “ornate, -ly furnished” got closed on the basis of ...
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Google Ngrams, an object lesson

This is just a fun factoid to entertain you. By now you should know not to put too much stock in Google Ngrams result graphs, and insist on a deep dive into the individual results. I thought I'd ...
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Where do you report minor glitches in the system? Here?

That is, assuming it may matter to someone. For example, I deleted an old question of my mine with no answers; but when I viewed it under Recently Deleted Questions, it showed that it had one (...
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More than three flags are unexpectedly required to delete spam

Our help page incorrectly states that it takes 6 spam / abuse flags to delete a post is a documentation report stating that the mention of six flags is wrong and it should be three. It appears that ...
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Is there a formatting convention when referencing a document name, or otherwise similar "object"/attachment?

As a tangent from my original task of finding out how to underline text when posting on Stack Exchange sites, I came across this answer. I've followed the same set of formatting conventions for a ...
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Looking for a list of malapropism by frequency of occurrence

I am interested in cataloguing the most common malapropisms in current spoken English. Examples would be mistakes like tenet/tenant, pundit/pundint, specific/pacific, etc. Does anyone know of a ...
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Any good structured English dictionary dataset?

I'm a NLP researcher and am looking for a English dictionary dataset to train a language model? Any suggestion? The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) right meets my need, but it seems that they rarely ...
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Should this question be really closed?

I don't see this question about Omission of if in a conditional phrase as being the duplicate of Must conditional sentences begin with “if?”. Yet this is the stated reason for the closure of the ...
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Closing a question: tag specificity and the merits of viewing the question in a vacuum

I'm referring to this post I had from earlier: Collocations for litigation. Judging by the comments, which were helpful, let there be no mistake about that, I appreciate any and all such input. To get ...
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Poor Choice of Prior Answer

My recent question Are phrases of the form "A <possession> of <name>'s" grammatically correct? has been closed as allegedly already having an answer here. My first issue with ...
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Can we get this unlinked?

Word that describes a stand in or a frontman? was referred to another question, Word for Powerless Position?, which apparently did not answer the question, as the questioner selected my response as ...
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Request to reopen a closed question (or get suggestions for rewording)

My question "Are there cases where a closing quotation mark has no matching opening one?" was closed with the reason "This question is opinion-based. It is not currently accepting ...
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Justification for 'opinion based' closure on translation question?

This is really not a complaint, I am just trying to understand. Could someone explain to me why this question is considered opinion-based? The OP is actually asking for an explanation of tendencies of ...
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Converting post to Wiki answer

We had a very interesting question about an old translation. I posted an answer which was partly inaccurate, but then I received a lot of good suggestions and I was able to combine those into a fairly ...
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Why was this high-voted question closed?

Scrolling down the long list of closed, migrated and duplicated questions today, I eventually found a gem only to see it was closed. Fourteen users had up-voted what seems to me a rather interesting ...
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List of English word research tools [duplicate]

I once discovered a post on this site that had a very comprehensive list of English word research tools, but I am having difficulties finding it again. Apologies for a potentially off-topic or ...
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Why are so many questions suddenly being locked? [duplicate]

It seems like, in the past few weeks, suddenly lots of questions are being "locked" to disable/hide comments. (Eg) To my knowledge there was no "comment war" or such for these ...
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My questions are wrongly closed and I am not allowed to ask questions, even before my questions were answered [duplicate]

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: If an apple is bad and there are 5 apples (of the same type of the apple mentioned before) that are bad, then which of the ...
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Why can't we help programmers with English language usage?

As I understand it, questions about nomenclature, including language for use in coding, are considered off-topic at EL&U. Why is that? What was the rationale for deeming them as such? And does ...
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Why was my question about proper english terminology migrated to a software engineering discussion? [duplicate]

I recently had a question on the proper name of an operation that performs a double complement migrated to a software forum. This question was not a software question, but merely a question about ...
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Why are we moving all the comments to chat?

I've seen a lot of lengthy comments sections being moved en masse to chat. The reason I discovered this site and began relying on it and eventually joined it was because of a comment by tchrist on the ...
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Why did my question get insta-locked?

Pretty simple. Asked a question: What's a word to describe adding something unless it already exists, in which case I retrieve it? It got locked right away. Not even sure why. No comments are ...
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What's the best Dictionary for intermediates? [duplicate]

I was looking for some fine English dictionaries for intermediate use. Hope someone can share some dictionaries which provides definitions that easy to comprehend.
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What do you like to see in questions?

motivation There has been a recent increase in activity on Meta. I find this encouraging, because my sense is while a quiet Meta can indicate a site running smoothly, lacking drama, in my experience ...
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Why is the culture here so broken?

My first question here, When and where did the new sense of "normalize" begin?, has been closed due to being "off-topic." TL;DR summary of the question: There is a recent sense of ...
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Why is this question on hyphen usage downvoted?

My question Is the hyphen in the adjective phrase “just-[past participle]” mandatory? currently stands at +3/-6. The question has seen some activity in the last few days, but it only received more ...
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Why have I received 16 invisible reputation? [duplicate]

In my question posited yesterday on the origin of indirect object placement, I early on received 16 reputation. However, I have not been able to figure out where these points come from. Have I been ...
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Onboarding new and valuable users

Before the beginning of the 2019 pandemic, I regularly saw older and even lower-rep 3K users welcoming noobie users on the main with at least some kind of boiler-plate comment such as... "...
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Are non-verbal answers (and questions soliciting them) acceptable?

Recently, there has been an answer to a question asking for 'A word, gesture or expression for a confident “shrug” ' which invites and was presented with a captioned photograph illustrating this. The ...
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Website for lexical resources assessment?

Is there any website that assesses how rare or common are the words I used in my essay? Something like this picture below:
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Linguistic redundancy vs being polite

Somebody just edited my post, saying they removed "fluff". What they really removed was me briefly introducing myself, saying I am new and will take feedback, and me saying "Thanks!&...
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Abraham Lincoln and Meryl Streep, are they the same?

This question about naming Abraham Lincoln something other than historical figure was closed as a duplicate of this question which tries to find a compliment for Meryl Streep (!), but I honestly do ...
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Is this synonym request truly unanswerable with facts and citations? Does it need to be edited? If so, how?

Term for wavelength-restricted or filtered light having a fairly pure color besides "colored light"? has been closed with the advice to Update the question so it can be answered with facts ...
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Improper duplicate closure of another prefixes question

Is there a word category for those kind of words? This question has been redirected to a question about a-adjectives, but the question includes other parts of speech. This has been hastily dismissed ...
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How to deal with someone that edits their post from time to time just to bump the question to top?

I have noticed that there are members that edit their posts over and over and over again just to add small and petty things for example to italicize a single word or to add a comma or a full stop etc. ...
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Online dictionaries that group terminology by topic?

You can learn terminology related to specific areas of knowledge ('AOK's') by reading wikis and online encyclopedias. This is because exploring any AOK always involves learning terminology. There are ...
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How is this message in the Review Queues generated?

I have been noticing this comment a lot and most of the time, different users post exactly the same comment. The comment goes: This does not provide an answer to the question. Once you have ...
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Is editing a very old answer of one's own OK?

One of my old answers has been nagging at me — probably too much time for thought during the pandemic. It needs expansion, not so much with the English but about the context, which is archaic Greek ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Is there a place on this site where users can express their admiration and gratitude for this site?

I am truly impressed with this site. It encourages so many good things as positive curiosity, research, mutual help, voluntary service, elegance and nobility, but also honesty. I am grateful for what ...
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Why is this question closed? I am asking if the English word is a good translation of koine Greek

Among this translations of the bible, which one has the meaning of being intoxicated? Note that this question asks if the following phrases all mean the same or not. I cannot understand why this is ...
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Is there a tag that can be used for questions about letters/characters?

I'm looking for a tag that can be applied to questions about letters/characters (such as How did the names of the letters in the English language come about, or Why do capital I's and small l's look ...
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What effect will the sale of Stack Exchange have on ELU (and others)?

This was all news to me. But then, what do I know? https://www.google.com/search?q=stack+exchange+sold
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What happens when you flag a rude comment, and then the author deletes it?

I was confronted with rude, acid comments from a certain user, just because I mildly protested for editing the OP after I'd answered, in a way that rendered my answer invalid. The user swiftly deleted ...
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How can a chat room be deleted?

I have created a chat room by mistake, and wish to delete it. Is there any way I can do that as the room owner? If not, can I ask someone to delete it for me? The chat room can be empty, or it can ...
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Why was this question on phrase usage closed?

I recently asked the question Is the phrase “final solution” used in the field of software development? on the site. While the first version of the question was poorly worded, it was then edited to ...
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Why was the question “By the end of today” or “By the end of the day” closed as opinion-based?

The question “By the end of today” or “By the end of the day”: which expression is is correct? was closed as opinion-based. However I don't see any opinion there: the OP is just asking for which ...
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Why is there always a 'meatball' next to the LQ posts item on the review queue?

For the last few years I have noticed that there is always a "big red dot" next to that item on the list, no matter what. ...even though the queue is supposedly cleared. Is this a bug, ...
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3-vote close - how's it going?

UPDATE: While the testing period has ended, this change has been well-received by the community so we have opted to not reset the votes needed to close/reopen to 5 while we look at data. Please let me ...

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