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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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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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Not all “whom” questions are interchangeable duplicates

I can understand the impulse to vote to close any new question about the use of whom as a duplicate, since most of them are. However, I don't think that any two questions about whom are necessarily ...
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When considered writing an answer to a question, do I have a responsibility to search for duplicates before answering?

Recently a question came up as to whether it's our responsibility to look for previously answered questions on our sister site, English Language Learners. The consensus was no. But someone commented ...
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Not even close to a duplicate

I see here question about duplicates that it is OK to post here when one's question is falsely marked duplicate. This is the case with my question “I was late, and so I got fired.” Can we use two ...
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Question marked duplicate when it isn't (in my opinion)

I asked this question with very specific examples of people describing what they like using redundant adjectives (specifically things like "I like well-written books" or "I like tasty food"). I'm ...
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Is the question asking about the “AmEng meaning” of two phrasal verbs a duplicate?

The question: Is there a difference in meaning between "fill {something} in" and “fill {something} out” in American English? was closed as a duplicate of "Fill out a form" or &...
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Can moderators change a close reason from 'Please show your research…' to 'Duplicate of…'?

Last week, I asked this question: Can moderators redirect links from badly chosen duplicates to actual duplicates? The answer (from moderator MetaEd) was Moderators have the ability to edit the ...
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Can moderators redirect links from badly chosen duplicates to actual duplicates?

The question Subject-verb agreement when using singular they? recently popped up in the Reopen Votes queue because the poster returned and edited it in hopes of getting it reopened. It had been closed ...
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How to Mark a Question as a Duplicate of Multiple Questions

This evening I came across this question. In the comments, sumelic has indicated three potentially related questions. They are obviously better equipped than I to handle any duplicate closing in this ...
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Difference between Flags “A Duplicate” and “Should be Closed… Duplicate of”

For awhile I've been confused by the two flagging options for duplicates. What is the difference between selecting a duplicate... versus selecting should be closed... then duplicate of... ...
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What's the word for someone who doesn't appreciate what he has and wants more? - Not a duplicate

What's the word for someone who doesn't appreciate what he has and wants more? What's the word for someone who is ungrateful/ not appreciative of the things he has but wants more lavish things? ...
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How does the Community user close a question as duplicate?

I did search but couldn't find an answer... so hope this isn't an exact duplicate... as that would be rather embarrassing. I saw a question closed today by two users, and Community ♦. At what ...
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Flagging a Question as a Duplicate of an ELL Question

I came across this question today and was going to flag it, but I wasn't sure what flag category to use. It is fairly basic, so it likely belongs on ELL. However, in the comments, a user mentions a ...
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Undercutting the old duplicity

Recent, well-formulated questions may be closed as duplicates of older, more poorly formulated questions. The answers given for the latter may pose as answers for the former. However, a well-...
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'Duped' again…is that a “real word”?

My question, titled what does the phrase "a real word" mean?, from Sept 2015 has been closed as a duplicate of What are the criteria to adopt new words into English?, from Feb 2011. Aside from the ...
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Let's change the canonical question about forming possessives for words which end in 'z' [Completed]

I voted to close the question https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/362525/when-a-name-ends-in-z as a duplicate of Possessive form for a surname ending with "z" (Q1). Unfortunately, ...
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We should have a better dupe target for questions about pronoun order

We receive a large number of questions about the proper use of pronouns, which in turn means that many of these questions are closed as duplicates. These aren't all duplicates of one another, though: ...
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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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Project Reduplication of Deduplication - English

Stack Exchange recently started a collaboration project with the University of Melbourne, in an attempt to improve the automatic detection of duplicate questions. More information on the project and ...
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What should be done with “Another” vs “other”?

So I noticed that there is a bit of an editing dispute between Rathony and CuriousDanii regarding the question "Another" vs "other" regarding which version of the question should ...
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Duplicate Question Confusion [duplicate]

I recently posted this question and it received very good answers. One user suggested a dupe for this question, and I agree with the designation. However, I much prefer the answers on this question ...
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Is this actually a duplicate?

Is this question Why are ships always female? really a duplicate of the Pronoun question: referring to inanimate objects as 'he' or 'she' second? While there are some general remarks ...
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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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Should “Why can we use inadequate but not 'inspecific'?” be reopened?

I've been considering asking this question here on Meta-English Language & Usage for the past few days pursuant to help-center guidelines and after just having asked several users about it, have ...
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Should the question about “I am [who/whom] G-d made me” be reopened?

This question ("I am [who/whom] G-d made me") was marked as a duplicate of these questions ("What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly?", "When to use what or who"), but I don't think ...
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Are all questions about the reason a word is spelled/pronounced the way it is duplicates of one another?

As a hypothetical example, should we close Why are "put" and "but" different in their pronunciation? as a duplicate of Why is "chore" pronounced differently from the &...
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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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Why must we assume that earlier answers are better, especially when they are not even related?

This concerns a specific example of a more general procedural issue that bothers me. A recent question is headed Idioms for a 'obvious' or 'needs no explanation'. Its well-stated core is a matter of ...
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Related questions that I think were incorrectly merged

Word meaning coincidence of reference to the unusual Phenomenon of learning a new word that you've never seen before, and then seeing it being used (currently merged with the above) A single word ...
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How to respond to duplicate suggestion when I feel no edit is needed?

I have a question that is suggested as a duplicate and says I should edit the question to make it non-duplicative. If I feel it is not a dup, but I feel the question already, as written, is not a dup,...
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Should a moderator merge the questions about the pronunciation of the name “Sean”?

Why do we pronounce Dean as /diːn/ but Sean as /ʃɒn/? Why is Sean pronounced Shawn? I think I was the first one to vote for closing the first as a duplicate of the second, and now I feel stupid for ...
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What if the dupe is on another site?

We have a sister site, ELL, as far as I understand. (So, to some extent, do other sites, such as Theoretical Computer Science (Computational Science) or MathOverflow (Mathematics). I wonder whether ...
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Why is my question about the stress of “uroboros” a duplicate of the one about the stress of “stigmata”?

Sorry to make a post about "why my question was closed," but I'm having a hard time understanding it. The question about "uroboros" asks about two things: descriptive information about the history ...
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Three duplicates that I think should be merged (pronunciation of “coN-” words)

I don't see any value in keeping the following three questions distinct. However, there are some valuable answers to each of them (but not too many answers). So, I think all of the answers should be ...
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How does one deal with the problem of the phantom upvoter?

I've just 'cancelled' (downvoted as a counter-measure) an upvote for what is essentially an old chestnut {Gender-neutral pronoun other than singular they} (ie I'm not aware of the previous question or ...
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Can we switch to a better canonical question about using pronouns in compound possessives?

We get a lot of questions about coordinating pronouns with nouns for joint possession, along the lines of "my wife's and my dinner," most recently: "you," "your" or "yours&...
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Please change the canonical 'ordinal question' to one which is more informative

Preface We get many questions along the lines of "how do I frame a question in order to elicit an ordinal number as a response?". And, inevitably, they are all closed as duplicates of: What ...
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Is it a bad thing to have your question marked as a duplicate?

This morning I had my question closed and, upon browsing through the answers to the proposed duplicate, I did find half of an answer to my question. This leads me to wonder about some things: Is it ...
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Lots of questions on the plurality of collective nouns, sets, and organizations

I came to EL&U today wondering about the correct way to use plural verbs in regard to nouns that imply plurality (such as "group"). While I did find answers, I found many questions that were ...
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Seriously though, how is this a duplicate?

This question, which asked: You've got macaroni spilt all over your house. Which one would be a correct version? These are too much macaroni. These are too many macaroni. It's too much ...
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My question was incorrectly marked as a duplicate. Can this be reviewed again?

I believe there is a clear difference between my question and the question marked as a duplicate. I have edited the post to emphasize how it is different, now I'm posting here to see if someone can ...
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Duplicate Question — Already Been Answered

I was under the impression that "marked as duplicate--this question already has an answer" meant that OP's question had not only elicited an answer or answers, but elicited one that satisfied the OP ...
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When a question is later marked as a duplicate, should you delete your answer?

In this question, the following sequence of events happened: The OP asked the question. I started writing an answer. Someone (say, Alice) commented that it was a duplicate question. I submitted my ...
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“possible duplicate of…” is uncapitalised

When we close-vote a question as a duplicate of another question, a comment is auto-generated. This comment reads: possible duplicate of [Title of Dupe Question] For as long as I've been here, ...
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An English language learner better not ask in this site? [duplicate]

An English language learner better not ask in this site? I asked this question and it had been closed as off-topic(it was reopened). Some members seem to have an opinion that a learner better not ask ...
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Is it proper to create a referring duplicate question for the purposes of SEO?

This question came up today: Should I preserve spelling when quoting American English in a British English text, or vice versa? And, the author states that it is an attempt to create Google ...
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Duplicate of deleted question

I recently came across a duplicate question. However, the question it a a duplicate of is deleted. What is the right thing to do in this case? Should I flag the the duplicate for unduplication? Should ...
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Duplicates and downvotes

My question from earlier today, "I did want to" versus "I wanted to", was labeled as a duplicate. I can live with that. However, it appears that my reputation took a two-point hit. ...
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Tests of duplicity

A recent question was closed because it already has an answer at another question. I cast the final vote because I believe that the following test is a reliable guide for casting "duplicate" close ...