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My inquisitiveness about my achievements

Does "English language and usage" reputations and badges subsume reputations and badges of "English language and usage meta" because they have the same user number?.I do not know whether my question ...
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Where does it say that resources are off-topic on main?

It's been assumed that questions about resources are off-topic because they aren't questions about the language per se. Here's an example: Main - I'm looking for a tool for comparing the meaning ...
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Counting up to 100,000 questions

I've been watching the count of questions on EL&U for the past few days. Currently, it's at 99,972. It seems to me that 100,000 is a bit of a milestone. Should there be some kind of recognition ...
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Posting more than one answer [duplicate]

I did a fruitless search here, to see if this has already been asked: Can a person post more than one answer to the same question?
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Can we close 'Is the convention for reporting football results universal?' as off-topic?

I voted Is the convention for reporting football results universal? off-topic because it is not about English, but about the reporting of match results (game scores). There is a broader issue, at ...
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What about my response was inappropriate?

My answer to the question: Negative question on the English.SE, received a downvote. I want to become a part of this community, and I accept that we all sometimes make mistakes, but on SE it's often ...
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Why isn't the yellow axe question (YAQ) about English?

IMO, the yellow axe question on its face is about English. As I said in a comment under Mari-Lou A's question: The question was about English. (Is there an English word that starts with Y and ...
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I want to share a very basic and somewhat troubling observation

Every time I resort to Stack Exchange I literally experience a level of indecision and reluctance as so many of the threads scream disdain. And its such a shame too, because there could be infinite ...
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How to differentiate the pronunciation of it, eat, eight and ate? [migrated]

I'm trying to refine my spoken English from scratch, and one of the biggest issue for me are the pairs of vowels: tense /i/ and lax /I/. I really can't tell the difference between them. I know that /i/...
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Purpose of Badges?

I've received quite a number of badges, but although I've searched in meta and in the main English site, I couldn't find what the point of badges is.
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Reviewing Proposed Edits

I just tried to edit someone's question, and was told that there was already another edit on hold, and that I'd have to wait till that one was reviewed. How do we get the privilege to review proposed ...
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How do you access “Meta”? [duplicate]

I'm new here, and want to ask a question about the questions. Would that be at "meta," and if so, how do I access it? "Why are there so many already answered questions in the 'unanswered' section?"
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ELU newbie chafing (politely) at default when no profile autobio has been written [migrated]

Currently, it reads "Apparently, this user prefers to keep an air of mystery about them." Respectfully, "them" is plural. (Effects on this English ÜberNerd=Hair shirt! Leaking viscera! Metal rasp on ...
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ELL and ELU — problems in distinguishing when googling

I've only been on this site for a week, but I've noticed that an awful lot of questions that should go to ELL go to ELU. I also notice when I google: "English stack exchange" that the first hit I get ...
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Historical explanation of relationship between graphemes and phonemes

I'm looking for a more historical perspective on how we ended up with the orthography we have today and why it differs from pronunciation. E.g., the letter "t" does the sound originally symbolized by ...
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Why can't I up-tick comments on a certain closed question?

A question was migrated from Writer.SE to our main site. There it was placed on hold for unclear. I agreed with a comment placed there from Lawrence (from our own community), but when I tried to up-...
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Good books or tutorials about English stress, tone and intonation

I'm not sure whether this question about spoken English fits here or not, but it's fully about English language & usage: As a person from Asia, I think I can read and write English decently, but ...
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What is the best way to get out-of-control comments to stop and be removed?

Today I posted a straightforward "is there a word for concept X" question. One commenter made some opinionated and, arguably, condescending comments directed at me and the question. I resisted the ...
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What's the best way to go to re-ask an old question?

The following old question, probably off-topic by current standards, has attracted a couple of posts which, in my opinion, don't provide an exhaustive enough answer. What would the more appropriate ...
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Why was this question moved?

I'm referring to Name for this sort of word?. I didn't understand the reason they gave. And how do you find the "chat" dept.? If this isn't in the right "dept.", then please move it. If it's in ...
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Should you vote based on how others voted?

Sometimes I come across questions or answers that I appreciate and believe deserve an upvote. The question or answer, though, already has ten or more votes. The post, I believe, is good, but is it ...
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Do you know any free website to check my own sentences in English? [duplicate]

After learning a new words in English and I am making a new sentence to remember But I need to know this sentence is correct or not. Do you know any free website or community check like this sentences?...
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I often find erroneous responses on Stack Exchange. Is there a way to flag these as wrong or false?

I often find erroneous responses on Stack Exchange. Is there a way to flag these as wrong or false? Also, I am not really sure how reputation works... You have to have reputation before you can do ...
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Why was this flag disputed?

I thought answers given in other than English were dis-allowed. (comments maybe, I always find them interesting) I marked this answer as "not an answer". It was disputed and still remains. There ...
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How long do posts flagged as VLQ reside after my flag has been called “helpful”?

I was just wondering how long this stinkeroonie was going to hang out... It reads like some drunken rant, in which it appears he claims responsibility for coining the term "internet". My flag was ...
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Why are all the can/may questions marked as duplicates of the question about the weird sentence “Can/may/will you help me with this?”

I'm familiar with the idea of choosing one question as an (informal) "canonical" target for duplicates, but I was surprised to find that for questions about the difference between "can" vs. "may", the ...
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Where to discuss about English? [duplicate]

English is a "soft" subject. There are topics need to be understood but there is not always an answer. For example, how a phrase is used in a paragraph or meaning of a paragraph in a story, a song. ...
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Why can't we see who favorites our question?

I think I know why we cannot see who upvotes or downvotes our question. It might lead to unfavorable confrontations were people ask other people why they voted the way they did. It might also ward ...
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What are the best resources that cover British/Australian/Canadian English for those who speak mostly American English?

English is not my native language - I've learned it since I was a kid at school. I thought I know it quite well until I've tried to watch British videos and listen to native British speakers. Since ...
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Is this an appropriate place to ask for name brainstorming?

I have some brand motifs for a project I'm working on, and I want to ask the community for input on interesting names. Is English Language and Usage the best place to do so?
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Should we give our questions titles with greater searchability?

9.42% - That's the percentage of questions on EL&U.SE that are marked as duplicates. These are other SE sites' duplicate percentages: Stack Overflow: 2.4% Super User: 3.26% Server Fault: 1.66% A ...
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Why was my question downvoted?

I recently asked a question on English Language & Usage, and it was received poorly. Now, I have nothing against criticism, but I just wonder why. Here's the question. What should I use when ...
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Should “What's the difference between tense A and tense B?” questions be marked as a duplicate of something generic?

It seems as if I see a question like this at least once a day. What's the difference between "X is" and "X will"? Should I use "X is" or "X was"? Between "X was" and "X had been," which is ...
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Proposed tag synonym: “get-be” as a synonym of “get-passive”

All of the questions with the get-be tag seem to be about the "get-passive" construction. For example, the top-voted question in the "get-be" tag, Why is “to get” sometimes used where “to be” could be ...
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Are there any best books to learn tenses in English? [duplicate]

I want to find some good reference books in English. Especially, the books which explain tenses.
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Should we make minor improvements to answers?

I've felt that encouraging alternate answers that are helpful, but not necessarily definitive, addresses some of the concerns with 'answers in comments' meta-discussions. Very often there is more to ...
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Why did this question get migrated?

The question What is the moment when all oscillators aligned to make a jump called? was migrated without my knowledge. It seems perfectly fine on this site. The consequence is that it got rejected ...
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Why are the questions of the “correct me if I am wrong, but…” nature off-topic?

When asking a question that lays out a complicated premise, and then asks why would that premise be wrong, one inevitably comes off rant-y. But there are legitimate language questions (especially ...
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What is wrong with my question and how could I have done it better?

I was reading the meta post on coping with downvotes in which ColleenV made an excellent point about how receiving multiple downvotes warrants a closer look at the post in question. Earlier today I ...
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Navigating the 'Unanswered Questions' Queue

The Unanswered Questions queue is now 136 pages long, when viewed at the maximum setting of 50 questions per page. The link options at the base of page 1 of the queue make it very easy to jump to ...
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How to browse through this site

I love to browse through bookstores. You stumble across things you had never considered or even thought of. You find books whose existence surprises you. It's always an adventure. I'd love to do the ...
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dictionary of collocations [duplicate]

I need a good dictionary of collocations. On Amazon I found these two: MacMillan Collocations Dictionary Oxford Collocations Dictionary for students of English Which is better? Do you know any ...
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Would a question asking for English terms used to designate some aspects of the Spanish language be on topic here?

In a question in Spanish Language someone is asking what are the English terms used to designate the Spanish verb tenses. Some people (myself included) have closed the question as off-topic, because ...
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Coping with downvotes

I have been lucky enough to have answers upvoted; from time to time I get downvotes without any comments that might explain them. Generally the ups outnumber the downs. Sometimes I can see where an ...
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Removal of both the [grammar] tag and its mention in the ELU tour and help center pages

Issues with the grammar tag have been discussed for years now: 12 April 2011 29 January 2015 It seems the general consensus is that the tag is problematic as best and blacklisting it was brought up ...
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Comment(s) or Speculative Answer?

Given a question asking for the original source of a quotation. Some digging around the 'net has thrown up an avenue for further exploration but not an answer. What I've found (and their links) would ...
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As a native English speaker, what source should I use to teach non-native speakers writing?

They ask me about the grammar and I don't know how to explain. So I need a book to teach me how to teach them how to write and why I make the changes I tell them to make.
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Why was this question migrated

This question was migrated to English Learners site. On Help Center (though English Learners Help center also says it) it says: Questions on the following topics are welcomed here: Word ...
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What is the difference between a comment and an answer?

New member here. Why do some people answer the question in the comment section? What is the difference between a comment and an answer?
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Comments that are not in English

What should we do with comments in languages other than English? This isn't about referencing specific non-English terms. It's about comments that are completely written in a language or languages ...