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What is the meaning of the “functions” tag?

A recent question asked about determining the "function" of a sentence, which to me isn't a concrete language construct the way that question implies. Seeking more information, I looked into the ...
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An answer was removed, but my flag was declined nevertheless - why?

This is the answer: Mimpi menjadi kenyataan.? Bukan kah segala sesuatu berawal dari mimpi. Selama mimpi kita Masi di tekuni dengan niat & tekad yang keras, pintu kesuksesan pasti kita raih. ...
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Where can I find an English dictionary that I can search by number of syllables, transitive/intransitive, and other grammatical markers?

I need to find lists of English words that meet certain criteria, such as having a certain number of syllables, or being intransitive verbs. Is there an online English dictionary that will allow me to ...
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Please consider reopening my question

My question is closed as off-topic. First, my question is not so elementary. It is not about the usual use of past perfect as in When I came up with the idea of climbing all the statues taller ...
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Posts pending review, now around 250

The review queues could use your help. It's up to 250 now. Yours truly.
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Significantly changed question

A user asked this question: What would you call a person who is obsessed with being "normal"? In the text body they asked for: "someone who cannot bear to be different from other people" ...
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What's the tag “obscure-terms” for? Is it necessary?

We have the tag obscure-terms. It has 36 questions and the only thing obscure about them is the thought process that lead people to tag them with this tag. Mostly words that seemed obscure to the OPs, ...
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Flag acceptance rate?

What's a normal percentage of declined/disputed flags for reviewers? 1%? 10%? 25%? I've been trying to help with review queues and I want to make sure I'm not causing more headaches than normal.
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Is asking for people to think up new specific words on topic?

Regarding this question: I need a word for my obscure phobia for hard, smooth structures The questioner seems to realize that his situation is... unique and all the answers are just trying to create ...
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Past Tense in Editor Statistics

Please advise me if this is better suited towards the main site. I posted the question here considering that it is about an ELU feature. My question relates to the Editor Statistics above. My area ...
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Why has this post been put 'on hold'?

My question Why is 'weird' given a sexual connotation nowadays?, has been put on hold as 'off topic', for the reason that 'it is not about the English language'. Since it queries the current ...
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Why is the word for origin and destination off-topic?

The question: Word for an Origin and Destination without regard for route [closed] was closed as off-topic. I can't figure out why. I know an (unfortunate) edit to the question indicated naming of ...
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Reminder: You can vote on tag synonyms

We currently have 5 tag synonyms submitted that still need votes. Anyone with voting privileges should exercise them! pejorative-language and derogatory Completed. pejorative-language and insults ...
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Improving tag wiki excerpts

I have recently noticed a large number of tag wiki excerpts which are not particularly useful. For example, the mathematics tag wiki excerpt said: For questions about mathematics in English. It ...
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Search for common words

I have a question that must have been asked here many times. The question is about using "it is" versus "this is". Attempted to search for it is and this is, with and without quotes, and the search ...
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Why trivial questions on EL&U are being downvoted while on stackoverflow there is competition to answer them?

As far as I have understand basic/simple/trivial/naive questions on EL&U are being systematically downvoted while on stackoverflow there is a hot competition to correct or improve and then answer ...
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Something to keep your eye on: Question Wizard

So the “Help new users ask better questions” Wizard has been in the works on SO for a long time. It has officially entered the testing phase. Worth keeping an eye on. If it works there, I’d imagine ...
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New theme: fix serif-vs-sans font combinations

In what I hope is the correct spirit of bringing concrete, actionable suggestions for changes and updates to the new theme, I would like to ask for the fonts to be harmonized as tchrist went into ...
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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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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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“…the person or body who/which…” is not only a question about whether to refer to companies with “who” or “which”

"...the person or body who..." vs. "...the person or body which..." As far as I can see, this question does not ask only about whether to refer to companies with "who" or "which". ...
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List of tags that are blacklisted, burninated or under discussion

I had a look at the meta discussions that are about burninating, blacklisting/deleting or creating tags. I made a list of them. Why? It's for two purposes. Firstly, to have an overview about our ...
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The answer to this question is great! But the question is closed and a bit hard to find

"Put me in touch with whomever created it"? I think F.E.'s answer here is very good and complete--the best overview on the case of fused relative pronouns that I've seen on this site. But ...
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I thought my question was a punctuation question

If I thought my question was a punctuation question (which would be on topic) and all the experts here thought it was a typography or style question (which is understandably off topic) how is it ...
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Review the duplicate linkage between the 'token list' question and the 'user account' question

The following questions are duplicates: should a list of tokens be called a "token list" or a "tokens list" "User accounts" or "users account" The accepted ...
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Different ways to assess the quality of questions (also: how to find good and bad questions)

EDIT initially posted question had queries that might have returned wrong results, this is hopefully corrected now /EDIT This is not really a feature request, but more of an analysis of current state ...
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Reasons for dupe-close on question with the tag question-tag?

Can someone tell me why this question on question-tags was closed as a duplicate of this other one? As far as I can tell, the new question (though not particularly well-written by the standards of ...
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Introducing the “custom filter”

Do you remember back in the day when you could navigate easily between pages showing newest, featured, frequent, votes, active, and unanswered questions? ca. 2017 Introducing Custom Filters With ...
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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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On “The” and null/zero articles - cross-post an answer from English Language Learners?

Several questions have come up about the definite article vs the null or zero article. I haven't been keeping track of them, but here are some examples from ELU's repository: Scientific "control&...
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Request to reopen a dubious dupe

The question First, … Secondly, … &c, posted two years ago, asks whether there is any basis besides tradition for preferring first to firstly. Five days after it was posted, the question was ...
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Merge [history] and [historical-change] tags

There are several tags that are associated with the background of a word: [etymology] [origin-unknown] [phrase-origin] [history] [historical-change] But for historical-change, both the definition ...
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Can we reopen this question please? [Now re-CLOSED]

Edit note 2: The patient and long-suffering OP has now re-asked aspects of this question in three separate posts. So, there's now probably no harm in leaving this one closed. This useful question on ...
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Can “More formal word for know-it-all” be reopened?

More formal word for "know-it-all" was closed as duplicate of Know-it-alls--a synonym, which is duplicate of Is there word for this, other than know-it-all?, which is duplicate of One word ...
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Is there an online speech comparison programme

I work as an Assistant Language Teacher in Japan. There is a language sample for the textbook- the school (and nearly every teacher) is super boring about using the textbook. They'd like me to sound ...
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Synonymize and merge the tags [be] and [to-be]

Can we merge and synonymize the tags be and to-be?
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Is this question sufficiently improved to be undeleted?

I'm interested in reviving my question Meaning of phrase "Early/late in the piece". It was closed and then automatically deleted. I've tried to edit it to improve it. Is this question any good now, or ...
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How did I earn “Edit community wikis” privilege

I just noticed that I was recently (yesterday) given the "Edit community wikis" privilege. The description about the "Edit community wikis" privilege says that the privilege is given when the user ...
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Reopen request: Another potentially interesting question that originally showed no research effort

On New Year's Day, a poster asked How, when and where did the phrase 'state of the art' originate? Unfortunately, those words were the entirety of both the question header and the question ...
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Reopen request - Have/Did you ever xxx? during a specified past timeframe

Have you ever been/Did you ever go to opera when you lived in Milan? was closed as a duplicate of How do the tenses and aspects in English correspond temporally to one another? I think the closed ...
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“et al” usage question migration

Someone recently asked a question on Academia related to the usage of "et al" in a sentence. We closed it as off-topic, and we want to know whether it's fit for a migration to your site.
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Upcoming journal editions: read 'em and ask on the Stack (and get prizes)

As the new monthly issues of your favorite journals are published, we want to remind you to ask those burning questions that pop into your head as you read through novel approaches, methods and ...
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Tag review: [meaning-in-context]

meaning-in-context has roughly 250 questions. Some of these questions are good; some not as good. Today I saw a question I thought was skirting the danger line and noticed it only had the tag meaning-...
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Is not liking the answer given for an existing question a reason enough to ask a duplicate/similar question?

Past tense of RSVP Past participle of a verb created from an acronym The OP of the first question declares he asked a different question because he didn't like the accepted answer given in the other ...
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Is there a database containing a list of once common, but now archaic words?

Is there a database containing words that were not only once common but also now archaic? I would like to have a list of, say the 100 statistically most frequently used words in 17th, 18th and 19th ...
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Reminder: 10K tools on anonymous post feedback

This post is part of the hidden-feature series started by Mari-Lou A. These posts highlight features of this site that not everyone may know about but can certainly help get an insight into our ...
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Why is my question closed as “unclear”?

What's the correct word to refer to a believer of scientism? I don't understand what's unclear with this question. The comment says: Wait... what is scientism exactly? It sounds like a very ...
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Is EL&U experiencing diminishing returns of question quality?

I think it'd be interesting to statistically find this out. One could take samples from every year of EL&U and compare the amount of average upvoted and downvoted questions to get a more concrete ...
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Determiner question

The question below seems to be very simple at first glance and swifty got closed: Are articles pronouns? However, the answer is not as clear as it seems at first glance. For those of us well ...
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Any online English dictionaries listing the previous pronunciation of words?

I am interested to know the pronunciation of words in the past fifty years or so. Does anyone know any online dictionaries which list the former pronunciation of words in English language?