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Novel that demonstrates all of English [closed]

Wondering if there are any books (ideally novels of some sort, but poems might be nice instead too) that are explicitly dedicated to demonstrating as many features of English as possible. A typical ...
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Top 10,000 English Verbs (Open Source List)

Wondering if there is an open data "verb list" of all (or many) of the English verbs. A search reveals many "Top 100 English Verbs" or "List of Irregular English Verbs" and related content, but I'm ...
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Tags! Huh, what are they good for?

…absolutely nothin' Seriously, I have nothing against tags per se, they have their use but why does EL&U need that monolithic "Watched Tags" box on the right-hand side? The two boxes take up so ...
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Why can't you actually delete your own answer?

You completely misunderstood a question, you no longer have a valid answer to supply, yet your stupid mistake has to hang around for everyone to see FOREVER. Here is an example of what I see, please ...
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“ELU updated site theme is ready for testing” is ready for voting, but still not visible

"ELU updated site theme is ready for testing" has been vigorously voted on. It turns out that currently it is 25 down and 10 upvotes. 34 down and 13 upvotes. At a net of -21 votes, it is ...
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Did Dictionary.com get rid of its difficulty index?

I started looking for this feature to start an answer for: Tete-a-tete commonly known in English? I'm pretty sure Dictionary.com used to have a little side bar where it said something like "most ...
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English Language & Usage's updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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Jaded user meets new contributor…

The jaded user is myself. The new contributor is (was) Replica Foxtrot who posted this question What does the phrase 'Putting the Spring' mean? I am reading the book about the Simpsons and I ...
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Question was WRONGLY dismissed (not closed) as “already answered”

I'm referring to this post. The link they dismissed it with did not answer the dismissed question. So, how do we non-mods request that the dismissal be reversed? (I did not post the dismissed ...
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Please help me improve my babel answer?

I have authored an answer to a SWR. While I believe my suggestion provides a near precise answer to the asked question, it seems to be rather unliked. I understand the word may be rare, but an ...
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Why do comments get hidden?

I've noticed a lot of comments get hidden, including mine sometimes. What is the rationale for hiding them? I couldn't find the answer.
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Are there any proper guidelines to write an answer?

I am looking for SE or SE ELU answer writing guide. Recently, my (accepted) answer was edited – screenshots removed – with this comment. Some of the information contained in this post requires ...
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Posting a verbal analogy

I need help with solving verbal analogies, but don't know which forum would be the right one. ELU? ELL? Puzzling? Also, would I need to cite the source? And could I do several in one post? Here'...
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How can we do a better job of having users not write answers to blatantly off-topic/not well-written questions?

I preface my question with a comment by five-year member Janus Bahs Jacquet: No it's not. Neither version is correct, because both lack subject-auxiliary inversion. Additionally, the question shows ...
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Is this a valid question under computer tag?

Is this a valid question under computer tag? Is there a word for each component of a Time. There is no description or guidelines for computer tag. So, how to use this tag, if there is no ...
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Why do people upvote (+10) SWRs and users answer them (6+ answers) despite the OP showing zero research?

Asked less than 14 hours ago: Is there a single adjective for “mercenary-like attitude”?. The question has +10, and there are six answers as of now. But the question shows no research. Why is it that ...
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On Answering Word Requests

I was recently informed by one of our moderators that: We're looking for answers from experts in the field, not experts at Googling. :) "You have to write an actual answer, in your own words. A ...
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How to make the pink boxes

In answers to questions here, I keep seeing text enclosed in pink boxes. I searched in vain for how to format that. Here is an example:
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Questions about user interface design/wording

The first item under What topics can I ask about here? is Word choice and usage It seems this is OK when talking about how to describe the usage of a product, for example. But some people seem to ...
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The abbreviation of words

Is there a comprehensive dictionary of abbreviations out there or, failing that, a document wherein one can find the accepted "rules" to abbreviate words in the English language? Please, let me ...
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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 to do when my question is unanswerable [duplicate]

I posted a question with a single-word-request, and although I got multiple answers, it became clear that no such word exists. Now, I'm unsure what to do with my question. Do I pick the answer that ...
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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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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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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 ...