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What good reference works on English are available?

Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. What good reference works on English are available, and what kinds of questions are they good at answering? General ...
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Should accepted answers appear first, just above the highest scored answer, or should answers now appear only in order of score? (Vote by Oct. 19)

For the full background, please see this MSE question. In short, currently, if the question-asker “accepts” one of the answers, that answer is “pinned” to the top position, shown to all visitors at ...
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Be a bastion of democracy! Let's pin accepted answers at the top of the page! [duplicate]

Stack Overflow—where questions get often hundreds of votes every week for many weeks—has recently stopped showing accepted answers at the top of the page, deciding instead to use only votes by users ...
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Where did the word red-tapism come from? [migrated]

What is the origin of the word red-tapism? And what does it actually mean? Lexico says it appeared in the mid-19th century, in the Cobbett's Weekly Political Register, a London paper. Searching deeper,...
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How can I upload a short audio clip of English so that I can ask for help with its transcription [duplicate]

Can I upload here a audio clip of English,like .mp3 or .wma so that some native speakers may help me with its transcription
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Daily writings or forums written by native english speakers

I am searching for some kind of forums or Q/A sites, written by native English speakers. I want to learn the daily speech, not the grammar or something else. Everything can be discussed on that site. ...
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Book recommendation about languages from the linguist's perspective

Not sure if book recommendations are allowed, but I'm looking for a reference book that contains details about a wide variety of languages, written for linguists. For example, let's say I wanted to ...
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Google Ngrams, an object lesson

This is just a fun factoid to entertain you. By now you should know not to put too much stock in Google Ngrams result graphs, and insist on a deep dive into the individual results. I thought I'd ...
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English Grammar book on 'Voice Change' and 'Narration Change'

I want to know the name of some English Grammar books, in which : (1) The Voice Change (Active to Passive and vice-versa) (2) The Narration Change have been discussed in details with examples.
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Why aren’t my questions being answered

If you look at at profile https://english.stackexchange.com/users/373235/theguradian my questions weren’t answered at all. I assumed that my questions fit the requirements. Where did I go wrong, and ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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my Question about adjective-adverb "double duty" got closed

The post desriptor as simultaneously an adjective and an adverb, retaining truncated into one-ish. E.g.: "ornate, ornately furnished" ↦ “ornate, -ly furnished” got closed on the basis of ...
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Where do you report minor glitches in the system? Here?

That is, assuming it may matter to someone. For example, I deleted an old question of my mine with no answers; but when I viewed it under Recently Deleted Questions, it showed that it had one (...
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More than three flags are unexpectedly required to delete spam

Our help page incorrectly states that it takes 6 spam / abuse flags to delete a post is a documentation report stating that the mention of six flags is wrong and it should be three. It appears that ...
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Will you please insist on explanations for down-voting? [duplicate]

Despite "helpful" contributions from various Members, this Question doesn't at all have a previous Answer. Without explanation, a down-vote can be very like a slap round the back of the head…...
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Is there a formatting convention when referencing a document name, or otherwise similar "object"/attachment?

As a tangent from my original task of finding out how to underline text when posting on Stack Exchange sites, I came across this answer. I've followed the same set of formatting conventions for a ...
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Looking for a list of malapropism by frequency of occurrence

I am interested in cataloguing the most common malapropisms in current spoken English. Examples would be mistakes like tenet/tenant, pundit/pundint, specific/pacific, etc. Does anyone know of a ...
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What languages would be easier to learn with scientific knowledge of English?

Does scientific knowledge of English help in learning other languages? For example, scientific knowledge of Sanskrit makes it easy to learn Hindi and Gujarati, while scientific knowledge of Arabic ...
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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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Any good structured English dictionary dataset?

I'm a NLP researcher and am looking for a English dictionary dataset to train a language model? Any suggestion? The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) right meets my need, but it seems that they rarely ...
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Should this question be really closed?

I don't see this question about Omission of if in a conditional phrase as being the duplicate of Must conditional sentences begin with “if?”. Yet this is the stated reason for the closure of the ...
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Closing a question: tag specificity and the merits of viewing the question in a vacuum

I'm referring to this post I had from earlier: Collocations for litigation. Judging by the comments, which were helpful, let there be no mistake about that, I appreciate any and all such input. To get ...
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Poor Choice of Prior Answer

My recent question Are phrases of the form "A <possession> of <name>'s" grammatically correct? has been closed as allegedly already having an answer here. My first issue with ...
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Request to reopen a closed question (or get suggestions for rewording)

My question "Are there cases where a closing quotation mark has no matching opening one?" was closed with the reason "This question is opinion-based. It is not currently accepting ...
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Can we get this unlinked?

Word that describes a stand in or a frontman? was referred to another question, Word for Powerless Position?, which apparently did not answer the question, as the questioner selected my response as ...
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I think the 'idiolects' question isn't a duplicate

LucidityofPower posted Q1 (below) which was closed as a duplicate of Q2. Q1. Is this sentence grammatical: “all there is, are idiolects?” [duplicate] Q2. “The thing is, is that…” Q2 is an example of ...
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Let's reopen this interesting question

Now reopened This apparently simple, question about possessive S has been closed: "The species/species'/species's survival..." However, I think that in this case this was a bit ...
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Why was this high-voted question closed?

Scrolling down the long list of closed, migrated and duplicated questions today, I eventually found a gem only to see it was closed. Fourteen users had up-voted what seems to me a rather interesting ...
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Justification for 'opinion based' closure on translation question?

This is really not a complaint, I am just trying to understand. Could someone explain to me why this question is considered opinion-based? The OP is actually asking for an explanation of tendencies of ...
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Converting post to Wiki answer

We had a very interesting question about an old translation. I posted an answer which was partly inaccurate, but then I received a lot of good suggestions and I was able to combine those into a fairly ...
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Why are so many questions suddenly being locked? [duplicate]

It seems like, in the past few weeks, suddenly lots of questions are being "locked" to disable/hide comments. (Eg) To my knowledge there was no "comment war" or such for these ...
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What do you like to see in questions?

motivation There has been a recent increase in activity on Meta. I find this encouraging, because my sense is while a quiet Meta can indicate a site running smoothly, lacking drama, in my experience ...
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How does the ELU community define a century? When did this century start 2001 or 2000?

This discussion arose (well, for me at least) when I was confronted with one of the definitions used for defining centuries. This definition is relevant for defining community tags on specific ...
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List of English word research tools [duplicate]

I once discovered a post on this site that had a very comprehensive list of English word research tools, but I am having difficulties finding it again. Apologies for a potentially off-topic or ...
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Why are we moving all the comments to chat?

I've seen a lot of lengthy comments sections being moved en masse to chat. The reason I discovered this site and began relying on it and eventually joined it was because of a comment by tchrist on the ...
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Why can't we help programmers with English language usage?

As I understand it, questions about nomenclature, including language for use in coding, are considered off-topic at EL&U. Why is that? What was the rationale for deeming them as such? And does ...
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My questions are wrongly closed and I am not allowed to ask questions, even before my questions were answered [duplicate]

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: If an apple is bad and there are 5 apples (of the same type of the apple mentioned before) that are bad, then which of the ...
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Why was my question about proper english terminology migrated to a software engineering discussion? [duplicate]

I recently had a question on the proper name of an operation that performs a double complement migrated to a software forum. This question was not a software question, but merely a question about ...
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Why did my question get insta-locked?

Pretty simple. Asked a question: What's a word to describe adding something unless it already exists, in which case I retrieve it? It got locked right away. Not even sure why. No comments are ...
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What's the best Dictionary for intermediates? [duplicate]

I was looking for some fine English dictionaries for intermediate use. Hope someone can share some dictionaries which provides definitions that easy to comprehend.
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Why is the culture here so broken?

My first question here, When and where did the new sense of "normalize" begin?, has been closed due to being "off-topic." TL;DR summary of the question: There is a recent sense of ...
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3-vote close - how's it going?

UPDATE: While the testing period has ended, this change has been well-received by the community so we have opted to not reset the votes needed to close/reopen to 5 while we look at data. Please let me ...
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Why is this question on hyphen usage downvoted?

My question Is the hyphen in the adjective phrase “just-[past participle]” mandatory? currently stands at +3/-6. The question has seen some activity in the last few days, but it only received more ...
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Why have I received 16 invisible reputation? [duplicate]

In my question posited yesterday on the origin of indirect object placement, I early on received 16 reputation. However, I have not been able to figure out where these points come from. Have I been ...
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Onboarding new and valuable users

Before the beginning of the 2019 pandemic, I regularly saw older and even lower-rep 3K users welcoming noobie users on the main with at least some kind of boiler-plate comment such as... "...
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Tag synonym proposal: alternative and alternative-words

Alternative: This tag is for questions about choosing different or alternative words or phrases. Alternative-Words: Used to request words that can be used in place of another word because ...
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Website for lexical resources assessment?

Is there any website that assesses how rare or common are the words I used in my essay? Something like this picture below:
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Are non-verbal answers (and questions soliciting them) acceptable?

Recently, there has been an answer to a question asking for 'A word, gesture or expression for a confident “shrug” ' which invites and was presented with a captioned photograph illustrating this. The ...
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Path for adopting EL&U formatting standards [duplicate]

Aside from the relevant place to track these discussions, I believe we should decide the appropriate path for reaching a decision about a particular standard. Community run projects tend to get stuck ...
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Linguistic redundancy vs being polite

Somebody just edited my post, saying they removed "fluff". What they really removed was me briefly introducing myself, saying I am new and will take feedback, and me saying "Thanks!&...

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