I've looked around Meta for an answer about how to get more info on someone else's closed question, but haven't been able to find it. If there's a thread already, my apologies.

I have a question about the British usage of the term "gone" before a time (e.g. "gone midnight"). I found this thread which was closed for lack of context, I believe.

I don't think my question would meet with the same objections; I have done and will cite research, and my question is not an English-learner question--I'm a native (American) English speaker with a question about British usage that I haven't been able to find a good answer to elsewhere. My question could have been answered in the older thread, but wasn't.

Is it OK to post my similar question? If not, should/can I edit the original question, or is there another way to ask for more information there? I'm very new, and don't have a sense for the etiquette of (and privilege levels required for) editing other people's stuff yet, either.


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    @Rathony That's a perfectly good answer, but you've accidentally put it in the comment box.
    – Kit Z. Fox Mod
    Jun 9, 2016 at 16:15

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It will be a perfectly legitimate question if you

  1. link the previous question as you did here.

  2. state what you understand with your own research.

  3. state what the difference is compared with the previous question and what still bothers you.

Regarding your concern about editing the previous question:

  1. I don't think it is meaningful and necessary to edit the question as it was closed as off-topic and it will take some time for five voters to vote to reopen it. It's better to ask another question.

  2. You can always edit any post, however, your edit will be placed at review for suggested edits for other users to approve or reject it until you reach 2,000 reputation points.

  3. You can read How does editing work? to understand more about editing.

You will learn more as time goes by and you can start slowly. Good luck and welcome to English Language and Usage.

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  • Great, thanks! I'll go do that now.
    – 1006a
    Jun 9, 2016 at 18:22

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