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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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Problems logging in to English Language & Usage

I joined EL&U a day or so ago, and at first had no problems, then suddenly earlier today, the site refused to recognise me. This seemed to be a feature of accessing the site via the Chrome ...
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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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Leading whitespace hover underline on privileges page

On the page that lists privileges, hovering over items in that list cause a single underscore/whitespace underline to appear before each group of text: This does not appear to happen on some of the ...
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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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Chat-room one-boxing for Etymonline and The Free Dictionary

The chat room can one-box lots of things, like wikipedia links and youtube videos and Google ngrams, making nice neat messages. In ELU chat it would be very useful to be able to one-box Etymonline ...
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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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Superscript/Subscript Shortcut

The superscript (<sup>) and subscript (<sub>) HTML tags can be quite useful when answering (or asking) questions, and it eludes me as to why there isn't a button for it in the question/...
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Update needed on page “Cast Close And Reopen Votes”

The screenshot and associated text at "Cast Close And Reopen Votes (https://english.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/close-questions) looks to be out of date. It should reflect the new closevote ...
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Related questions overflow

The text can flow out of the bottom of the related sidebar when the titles are too long.
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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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Don't show the “undelete” link for answers that have been deleted when the question was deleted

When an answer has been deleted because the OP deleted his question, the "undelete" link is still shown for that answer. (I reused a screenshot I took for another issue report; that is why the "...
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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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Should the contrast of the highlighted OP's name in comments be increased? Use this GM script if you want it changed now.

Spot the OP! Old: New: Here is a link to the Greasemonkey sript (works in Firefox, most probably also in Chrome). George made this for me. I cannot thank him enough: this is great! Note that you ...
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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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How Did I Simultaneously Make Two Identical Revisions?

I was just attempting to edit Why don't many dictionaries list “would= to be willing” to make the information added in revision 5 a little more presentable, and something rather strange happened. ...
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What's going on with the “coordinating-conjunctions” and “coordination” tags?

I recently asked a question which I tagged with coordinating-conjunctions. When I posted the question, it was automatically changed to coordination. I subsequently made an edit, but it was ...
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Unable to search answers sorted by votes

I wanted to see the lowest voted answers, for science, of course. Started the search with "is:a". - Okay Sorted results by votes. - Okay Chose the last page, viz. page 14383 now. - Error? Tried ...
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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?
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“Skip” skipped to new line

I just noticed this after reviewing an edit by clicking "edit (1)": It should look something like this: I checked a couple of other sites, and this is the only site where the skip button is ...
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Is there a subsite of stackexchange where I can ask about the interface between different languages?

Is there a subsite of stackexchange where I can ask about the interface between different languages? I tried the following question, both it and the inverse (English words in Greek sentences), and it'...
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Neither questions, nor answers

I just read a sentence that used nor in a way that I found strange (i.e. it seems ungrammatical to me), so I wanted to ask a question about it. Dutifully, I searched if such a question had been asked ...
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Auto review comments can save you time

There is an extension available for Google Chrome called AutoReviewComments, which can save you time if you frequent the review queues, or guide new users with your comments, and I've been using it ...
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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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Historical lock instead of closure for high view questions

Today I found this question in my review queue for a close vote. It's mostly my fault because I edited a previously burninated tag out and bumped it to the front page by doing so. Naturally, another ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election

The 2016 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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What process is required to get the Help Center text changed?

Recently, I voted to close this question Can anybody understand what she's saying? (it was subsequently deleted by the original poster) based on the answers to this Meta question: Exactly WHY is this ...
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Resources to help with answers to regional difference type questions

Here are three recent question examples, including one asked by me: What do you call the space where you park a car? Parking spot, space, bay or what? This baby-walking device is called a ([prefix]-)[...
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Clarification on tag usage

I'm new to the community and not sure of accepted standards yet, but I'd like to help and not make a nuisance of myself. I made an edit suggestion to add the Hiberno-English tag to this post, but it ...
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Editing posts - feature request

I had a suggested edit to one of my posts here: https://english.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/158765 The editor involved already knew that, because of my baby-level knowledge of syntax, I ...
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Please reconsider the closing of this question and reopen it for a response that actually answers the question

Look at the question that was asked here and not sufficiently answered: What is the difference between "phonetic" and "phonemic"? The question is asking whether there is a ...
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Why was my post deemed off-topic?

Hypernym for "to increase" and "to decrease" It is on topic, I'm guessing someone saw I was asking about a video game and instantly closed it. It's about English if you actually ...
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Merge request: [word-selection] into [word-choice]

The tag word-selection on the main site has only 6 questions tagged with it and it seems to me that it has the same meaning as the tag word-choice. I propose to merge them.
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Examples of “Great subjective questions”

From EL&U Helpcenter about asking: Some subjective questions are allowed, but “subjective” does not mean “anything goes”. All subjective questions are expected to be constructive. What does ...
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Comment deletion notifications

I see that all the comments I made to the questions referenced in Wordreference cross-posting have been deleted. Can I somehow be notified when my comments are deleted?
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On ELU and Meta.ELU, filter buttons not aligned in user page

I am using Google Chrome version 25.0.1364, on Windows 7. For me, in the "Users" section of both EL&U and the Meta site, the last filter button of each set is aligned a bit too high. For example, ...

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