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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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Why does Oxford American English dictionary use "y" symbol instead of "j" [migrated]

Oxford American English dictionary uses "y" symbol instead of "j" in their pronunciation guide. Most other dictionaries use j. So are there any differences between the 2 symbols or ...
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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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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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"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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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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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. Is provided a link to Google Books on the usage frequency of “you and me” vs “me and you”. Curiously, ...
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Heavy-handed question locking? [duplicate]

The question Does this sentence seem weird grammatically? was summarily locked, and the couple of comments I'd posted (primarily in order to advertise and justify my vote to migrate to ELL) were moved ...
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Reason for removal of a comment?

Shortly after the question Is “On Sundays my sister and I never play hockey” correct? appeared on the main site I posted a brief comment explaining how the placement of On Sundays makes sense in a ...
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Question closed for reasons I find inaccurate

At times, I conceive of questions that are vaguely related to more common ones, but entailing much more nuance than generally captured in basic references or guides. In some cases, the answer ...
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How to get a better understanding and knowledge of metaphors

I want to incorporate less formal, technical, and literal terms into my vocabulary to help articulate some theoretical points in any scenario. I heard someone say you'd catch more flies with honey ...
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Are there any websites (or tools) in which I could translate Early Modern English into Present Day English?

I'm an English Learner who is interested in the Early Modern English recently. I have some texts from EModE to read. Sometimes there are words and grammar patterns that I can't relate to Present Day ...
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Would it be possible to preface each theoretical grammar answer with the specific name of the theory being used?

It's difficult to make the leap from non-theoretical grammar to theoretical ones, especially when one doesn't know the specific name of the theory being expounded upon. I think it's just a case of not ...
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Why was my question locked and voted to close?

My question was locked without explanation. My best guess, based solely on the fact that comments were disabled, is that it is because there were too many unwelcome comments. But I have no way to be ...
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What fine-tuned word finders are out there?

I know there's a lot of word finders, but I'm wondering if there is some this fine-tuned. For example, if I want words ending in -ade, but only nouns. accolade, charade, tirade, façade, balustrade... ...
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Are there any other sites other than Onelook that search multiple dictionaries simultaneously?

Somebody said I should try Onelook but whatever I search in there, including the word hello or book (see picture below), nothing seems to work. Are there other sites like Onelook?
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Online dictionary that lists number of complements for verbs

Is there an online dictionary that lists not only whether a verb is intransitive or transitive (e.g. Merriam-Webster does that), but also how many arguments it binds?
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Can you suggest to me an English Esperanto dictionary?

Writing English is not a problem for me. However I get stumped when English words I thought that in my thinking would be pronounced in this way, are pronounced in a totally different way. One ...
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British English Reference Check [duplicate]

What would be the best reference for a writer who follows British English in his writing style? are there any online tools that have proofread feature for the same? or a reliable dictionary to use ...
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Has there been research on how things look if we represent a dictionary as a graph of nodes from entry words to words appearing in the definitions?

I am curious if there has been research on a topic I'll describe in the next paragraph. The topic: Suppose that we have an English dictionary and a huge piece of blank paper. For every entry in the ...
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Mobile apps being completely sunsetted

I’m guessing that I may be the only EL&U regular this impacts, but just bringing it to your attention for those who don’t follow the big Meta: StackExchange native mobile apps being completely ...
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What is the reason that this question is considered as 'off-topic'?

I posted the below question, and there were a couple of helpful answers. Is 'dead on arrival' a slang? As of now, this question has been closed as an 'off-topic' question. https://english....
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In-depth resources for sentence diagramming?

I'm asking this as a programmer in grad school. We've been tasked with developing an agent that can process and understand sentences. While planning out my approach for this assignment, I found myself ...
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How to add diacritics to my phonetic transcription?

When I need phonetic symbols, I just copy them off of Wikipedia. I don't know how to add diacritics with this method though. Take ◌̥ for example. When I try to delete the dotted circle, and replace it ...
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What alternatives to Google are there for searching for examples of phrases in old texts? [duplicate]

I have used Google for many years, to search for phrases such as "party to the scene", but I have never used any other computerized databases.
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Not all list questions are off-topic

I believe there is a misconception that all list questions are bad or off-topic. However, they are not all bad or off-topic. It is possible to ask good list questions. In fact, there are good and ...
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What is a standard textbook about editing writing by non-native speakers?

What is a textbook that teaches editors and proofreaders good practice, methods, techniques and resources for editing the advanced writing of non-native speakers, for example academic writing or ...
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How many unique four-letter words are in the English language that fall within the major word classes?

To better clarify: I would like to find some way (be it just the raw information itself in a pastebin, a dictionary crawler, a website search function, or something else) to determine how many words ...
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How does one assess the authoritativeness of a dictionary?

I am trying to find the most authoritative English dictionary that is both online and freely accessible. The OED is (controversially?) considered by many to be the most authoritative of the (British) ...
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The comma dilemma

Every day there is at least one question about the use of commas. A quick search gives 40 pages of questions about how commas should be used. What’s up with commas? Why is the use of commas (...
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Can we keep the previous green on English SE?

They are already quarrelling on meta about the accepted answer box getting a darker green. It looks especially disagreeable on ELU against the beige... I find it even annoying, but this is probably ...
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Where have profile views figures gone, and why?

The number of profile views that a member had used to be given on a members profile page. Has this information now just disappeared? If so, why?
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English tense reporting tool online

Is there any online tool available that just reports the tense of the English sentence. I'm just checking the scope of the project.I've seen lot of online tool that they are correcting and rewriting ...
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Are Oxford Dictionaries available online now that Lexico is dead?

There was once a website oxforddictionaries.com that provided merged contents of ODE (Oxford Dictionary of English) and NOAD (New Oxford American Dictionary), along with some grammar tips etc. Then it ...
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Finding synonymous alliterations

Any recommendations on an online alliteration generator that searches through synonyms of two (or more) given words? That seems to have been how Something of something alliteration generator worked, ...
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Is there a some kind of decision tree to detect accent/dialect of British English?

Recently I started to notice how diverse English pronunciation in my YouTube subscribes become and I started wondering is there an easy way to detect which dialect is which since I am no linguist. ...
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"Lexico" will be gone in less than a month

Not sure what the implications for our site will be, but it seems relevant news that Lexico (formerly "Oxford Living Dictionaries", formerly "Oxford Dictionaries Online") is ...
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