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glossary of grammar terminology

I'm looking for a comprehensive reference book that includes definitions and examples of the terms used in grammar analysis. So this would have 'adverb' and 'verb' and their various types, the ...
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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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Inappropriate replacement of question?

Please see this question on dialect and (specifically) its edit history. While I can’t say that I approve of the original question’s choice of example, I think that the “revision&...
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Why am I not able to receive the “Curious” badge?

I was just going over the badges which I have received and I tried to track my next one. I found that I need to ask 5 well received questions on different days. My badge shows 7/5, but still it is in ...
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How to improve “How did 'despite' semantically shift to signify 'without being affected by something'?”?

I'm uncertain why it was voted to close after my edits. How can I clarify or improve How did 'despite' semantically shift to signify 'without being affected by something'??
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Does Lexico have dictionary entries in American English?

My recollection is that the old Oxford Dictionaries site had entries in both American English and "British & World English", which could be accessed through different urls. Lexico has British &...
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What's missing on the answer flag options?

There used to another option: Low Quality Where did it go? Is it only me? Or am I confused? It happens.
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How did this question ever get so much attention?

There is a question of mine that sometimes makes me chuckle. A trivial, very non-urgent question with little to no practical value. A question on why names starting with "J" are more common than words ...
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I am new here ..! Could I ask something? [duplicate]

I found https://english.stackexchange.com/ https://ell.stackexchange.com/ they are a little bit different :o ... where do I have to ask English questions? Thank you for reading !
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Can Mods (or anyone) see deleted comments?

I tried to look this up on meta, and found no good answer. If comments have been self-deleted, are they gone forever? And if so...what about all the revisions permitted in the first 4-5 minutes? ...
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Compendium of Exemplary Paragraphs/Sentences [closed]

I'm looking for a book that is little more than a book - like a chapbook - of exemplary paragraphs and sentences. I want to use this book for some experimental teaching of English composition. I'm ...
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Can mods cast non-binding close votes?

This question, The meaning of "did not immediately respond to requests for comment" [closed], was closed by the following users, in this order: Janus Bahs Jacquet, tchrist♦, Rory Alsop, user66974, ...
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Is a rescue edit possible for this question?

Two users said they had a rescue edit in mind for this question Ghost, I sheet you not. I'm so ready for Halloween but they didn't follow through with attempting to rescue the question (which is ...
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Why was this closed? (And should it be reopened?)

I have come across this question in review, in the Reopen Queue: Why do we say “I would appreciate it if you paid in cash,” but not “I will appreciate it if you pay in cash”? [closed] It was closed ...
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What is meant by the tag “reference”?

The reference tag has no description yet. Is it intended to be used for a question that asks for a reference where one might learn more about a certain topic, or document one's intuitive ...
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Why can't I edit this question?

Not that I want to exactly, I just noticed there is no option to edit this question: I do have the edit privilege as of writing - what's going on here?
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Did I ask a question, now deleted, tagged [psycholinguistics]?

My Deleted Recent Questions page exhibits no questions tagged [psycholinguistics], but I thought I asked one?
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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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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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Best answers (most highly voted) rise to the top? Not always. Why not?

Related questions have been asked. But clearly the answers are not ordered by the most votes, The answers to this question, Where were "should", "shall", and "must" in ...
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Flag has not been processed for 2+ months

On May 20 at 18:47:13Z I raised a flag on this answer concerning a possible migration to the comments section due to a lack of authoritative evidence. It has been 2+ months and there have been no ...
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Is there a free online Canadian English Dictionary? [duplicate]

All Canadian English dictionaries appear to be under a paywall model. Can anybody help?
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Moving questions to other SE [duplicate]

When reviewing questions, it is sometimes apparent that they would be best asked in a different (Mathematics, Biology, Law etc) SE from EL&U. However when I try to flag this I am only offered ELL ...
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Chat Room ID feature request

It’s hard to locate a chat room by topic (question or answer) by chat-room title, as the title area is taken up by introductory material. Could the intro be shortened to show some content? I ...
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I would like to report an abuse of mod power

I’m reporting @tchrist for the abuse of his mod power, for the following reasons: Deleting comments that were helpful but didn’t serve his question well: All the comments from different users above ...
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Review result page did not show the actual post

I did a review and, when I realized it didn't really "look okay", I wanted to take a second look at it. But this is the screen shown -- the question body is not shown below the review result. This ...
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Has anything changed regarding voting to close for lack of research?

A recent question asked Is it valid to use "We will be pending for her return" instead of, for example: " We look forward to her return"? I was going to vote to close but then I noticed a comment ...
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Payable bounty, but no answers

I don't mean to advertise How did 'consideration' shift to signify grounds and the act of deliberation, then inducer of a grant or promise?, and I don't know how else to ask this, but there ...
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How the heck do you do superscript (and subscript)?

I have been trying to reformat a recent post which calls for superscript to a footnote, and I will be danged if I can see how to do it without getting into (sup) with the little wedgie thingies — ...
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List request tag review

I propose we kill the tag list-request since it is not a good fit for the ELU scope. These questions tend to be too broad or primarily opinion based. This meta was prompted by this recent question on ...
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How should the new Lexico-hosted Oxford dictionary be cited?

I noticed that not long ago (in June) Oxford University Press changed the server that hosted what they used to call "Oxford Living Dictionaries". I used Oxford Living Dictionaries a bit in the past. ...
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A question about “people reached”

The system tells me I have 'reached' about half a million people on EL&U in 21 months, which is quite a remarkable figure. Can anyone tell me if this is done on the basis of IP addresses, that is ...
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How can you search pronunciations of words on Youtube?

I'm not sure this is on-topic, but I'm giving it a shot because it's a useful tool in hearing how different people pronounce words. There was a site I used to use where I could type in a word into a ...
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I'm questioning this odd post notice

In response to this question, the following moderator post notice was added: We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer; explain why ...
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Is this Folk-Etymology Dictionary a reliable source?

I’ve come across the Revd A Smythe Palmer's Folk Etymology (first published 1882) which defines itself as a Dictionary of verbal corruption or word perverted in form or meaning by false derivation ...
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Is this a translation question?

This question about the phrase no stinkin' way has the translation tag. Here is the tag description for translation: Determining English equivalents for words or phrases in other languages (that ...
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Vote to reopen 'gradations of beautiful' question

A question was asked about ranking the strength of the synonyms of 'beautiful'. It was closed very quickly as 'Primarily Opinion Based'. I think this is misguided. Questions about nuances of words ...
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Have you seen ELU's Greatest Hits Page?

Here it is, whether we're ready for it or not. https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/greatest-hits Chosen by algorithm, according to sources, so one must assume they're ranked in order of ...
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Revised: Is a question about the Economist's article “Silly Sausages” on topic, or are we too serious to enjoy a linguistic laugh?

This may be too funny to be the subject of a valid question, but see The Economist's article Silly Sausages of June 29, 2019. Silly sausages Europe heroically defends itself against veggie ...
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What's the average score for questions in 2019?

Recently I posted an update which asked UPDATE Sunday 23 June, 2019 […] Is it just me or has the quality of questions by new contributors dropped even further? Is there a way to measure this ...
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Our help page incorrectly states that it takes 6 spam / abuse flags to delete a post

I learned after posting this question that our help page is incorrect. It currently states the following: The spam and abusive flags are designed to automatically eliminate truly disruptive posts ...
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Why was the following question automatically deleted as “spam or offensive”?

For anybody without 10K reputation, here is the original question: spelling mistakes A 'sticking plaster' word used by Americans to cover over the huge gaps in their vocabulary. It is one the ...
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List of initial-stress-derived nouns

The Wikipedia page for Initial-stress-derived noun says: Initial-stress derivation is a phonological process in English that moves stress to the first syllable of verbs when they are used as nouns ...
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What makes this question off-topic for ELU?

I was surprised that this question was migrated to ELL: Is there a word where ‘w’ can not be replaced? It seemed to generate some interesting answers, and other than maybe a lack of research (...
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Let's fix the concentration camp question and reopen it

This is the subject question which was closed for being POB -Are US detention centers in the US-Mexico border "concentration camps"? The question has room for improvement, but I feel it is ...
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Are questions about how English worked at a certain point on-topic?

If I have a question about the history of English like “When did [some thing] become incorrect?” or “Was [some thing] different during [some time]?”, would that be off-topic?
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Is there a tool that provides/suggests words that come before or after a word?

Are there any tools/APIs that provide this service? Example: (After) Free Free beer Free pizza Free stuff (Before) Beer Craft Beer Draft Beer Free Beer Cheap Beer Thanks.
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Vote to close! I will delete the question right away, I'm sorry. Please, can someone tell me what not to do next time?

My question. I followed the requirements, I thought. Thanks for any help. I guess I should wait a while before I delete it, so someone can look at it. Cheers
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My computer does bold on ELL but not on ELU

I have been "instructed" to come here and sort out my issue with bolding and italicizing text. Look at these words after the colon: just look. Do you see those terms, that is, "just look" in bold? I ...
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RIP Oxford “living” Dictionaries

Don't know when this happened, but Oxford Living Dictionaries is no more. It is now called Lexico (powered by Oxford) whatever that means… Tsk! You'd think they'd have the decency to consult us ...

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