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Would a question about a specific English language tool be on topic?

Can language tools (typically, but not exclusively, software tools) be asked about on English SE? I have a question about how I can work out where a term is used. It's along the lines of: A common ...
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Why banned from asking question?

I don't understand why I should be banned from asking question on English Language & Usage. May you remove the block, please.
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2021: 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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Etymology of words in translations

Maybe this should be in linguistics but I'll try here... I have had this idea for a long time but productivity has never been part of my character. I'll take full credit of the idea and I am willing ...
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How to find a partner to learn English together?

I'm a Chinese. I want to find a friend from abroad to practise English. I think that it will be better to learn a language by communication. I appreciate it if you know some ways or some platforms. ...
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Lack of comments to explain downvotes and recommendations to delete

I'm new to Stack Exchange, so I haven't had many experiences with it yet, but something that I am finding problematic is a lack of comments to explain downvotes or recommendations to delete answers. ...
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Are there any resources to find which prepositions are appropriate for a given verb/adjective and how they change the meaning?

Sometimes I'm unsure about which prepositions can be used with a verb or adjective and how they change the meaning. Are there any resources to help me with this? A few examples of tricky preposition I'...
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Is there a tool or website that can form paragraphs or sentences from specific words?

I'm learning new vocabulary and I thought it would be helpful if there's a tool to take specific words as input and form a meaningful paragraph from them.
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What were the comments on this question?

Word for "about the way everything is connected" The comments were moved to chat, but the chat only has one comment (the same one as is on the question right now) What were all the comments ...
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How to avoid a second ban on English Stack Exchange?

A while back, I was blocked from asking questions on the English Stack Exchange, which struck me by surprise. Having never been banned from a site on the Internet before, this was new to me. On the ...
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What dictionaries can help translate the Wycliffe bible?

I am unsure what dictionary nowadays has translations of Middle English. As of my research, the language has changed rapidly in that time as of settlement and like migrations from other countries in ...
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Proposal for a policy on mentioning slurs

When I say "mention" or "mentioning" I mean it as in the "use/mention distinction". When I say "slur" I mean A derogatory or insulting term applied to ...
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Wherever you are... Happy Thanksgiving [closed]

We live in tumultuous and troublesome times; some of us have suffered personal losses while others are counting their successes... Whatever side of the cosmic fortune cookie we crumble into, we ...
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How to improve speaking to be close to native speakers [closed]

My English is not bad at all compared to most non-native speakers as I studied, lived and worked in the UK for 15 years. My speaking is also ok as there is little barrier communicating with native/non-...
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Request to reopen "Resistance decreases with temperature"

"Resistance decreases with temperature". How to interpret this sentence? doesn't seem like an unreasonable question to ask on ELU, but it's been summarily closed with the "justification&...
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Workflow for finding words in a text that are not in GSL or AWL

As an English teacher, I want to be able to quickly identify words in a given text that are NOT on the General Service List (GSL) or the Academic Word List (AWL). This will help me understand which ...
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Why was the question "Why are English words are so hard to spell?" closed as POB, and how can it be fixed?

The recent question on Why are English words are so hard to spell? was initially closed as being opinion based, which is a little strange. Perhaps people seeing that it could not be answered simply ...
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Please help me improve my question on 'dishonest mistake' (re the term 'honest mistake')

The question: There's the term 'honest mistake', so what is 'dishonest mistake' synonymous to? I am not really sure I have anything to say in the body besides the link except that ...
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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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Why was this question on usage migrated to ELL?

I asked a question about the usage of a particular phrase: In what regions or countries would this usage be considered correct, and where would it be considered incorrect? I attempted to word the ...
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Why is this question full of ­ entities?

I came across a strange thing just now. I have a browser extension that creates and downloads an internet shortcut file (.url) of the current page. I used it on the following page, and the extension ...
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Resources for increased complexity in writing

I have recently purchased a book called "The Describer's Dictionary : A Treasury of Terms & Literary Quotations" It's an incredible book, but it's about "things" rather than, ...
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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)

Moderator note After a period for voting including as a featured question, votes have been tallied on this question as of 16:50UTC on 19 October, and the results are as follows. Note that only ...
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Convert plural to singular and visa versa

Can anyone please help me find an ONLINE singular to plural (and visa versa) converter that will convert a list of words at once? I've found plenty that do one word at a time. There are so many online ...
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Reversal of serial voting a little too aggressive?

I think someone may have set the parameters controlling serial voting detection a little awry. Today, I got a notification that 10 rep had been deducted because someone had been serially upvoting my ...
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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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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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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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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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