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tag: function word

I miss a tag like function word. The most difficult words in the dictionary of English and all other languages are function words. The thread "Is this subjunctive?" in ELU concerned with "come+time" ...
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Why does this site fall under “culture/recreation”?

If you look at the StackExchange footer - shown at the bottom of all the network sites - you will see that English Language & Usage is categorised under "Culture/Recreation". I'm not sure if it is ...
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Closure of question that cited Etymonline, OED, & a logic textbook?

Why was this closed, in view of claims to 'please include the research you've done...'? As stated in my OP, I consulted Etymonline, OED, and a logic textbook. Update on 2015 May 6: I thank the five ...
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Message not addressed to me arrived in MY inbox

Mari-Lou wrote a pugnacious message to persons unknown, did not use my @name, but it nevertheless arrived in MY inbox, causing distress. I suspect a bug.
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Is unattributed material being deleted on sight?

I noticed that the 'delete on sight' threat was used in this question "Robust" as a noun as a comment on this answer https://english.stackexchange.com/a/234368/71783 Whom are you quoting? ...
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Is an english.stackexchange user expected to have searched at onelook.com?

Is an english.stackexchange user expected to have searched at onelook.com before asking a question about a word? If so, should it not mention such an expectation in the Help or Tour sections of the ...
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Link to a question, answer, or comment

In writing a question, answer, or comment, how can I include a clickable link that cross-references another question, answer, or comment at English Language & Usage SE? What I found through &...
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Can we allow questions asking for expressions or words that do not, or may not, exist (yet)?

In the comments to this question, a user mentions that he feels duty-bound to downvote. If I understand the arguments correctly, he basically feels that questions that might encourage a neologism (or ...
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Reopen request: Isn't “dummy” in “HTML Parser for Dummies” considered offensive?

This is a request to reopen the question, "Isn't “dummy” in “HTML Parser for Dummies” considered offensive?" I believe that it is a perfectly legitimate question and not general reference. (I've also ...
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Can we prevent this question from being deleted, please?

A veteran SE member recently posted this question here on ELU — an increasingly rare and and very welcome syntax question, worthy of our site: Are these parts of speech correct? This question ...
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endure, perdure, persist: why not keep open?

Closure should not necessarily follow Protection, nor should Deletion necessarily follow Closure. These are three independent steps. “endure” vs “perdure” vs “persist” was protected 23 hours ago, ...
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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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Fun educational book about English language with a wide spectrum of knowledge and facts

I am looking for a fun educational book about English language with a wide spectrum of knowledge and facts. I did some research but there are too many books and too many directions, I cannot read them ...
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English Morphology

Please refer to me the seminal or the most popular book for practicing Morphological word structures (English) with tree diagrams.
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Is letter-writing still on topic?

Is the letter-writing tag still something we want to do? This answer says that letter-writing is more on-topic than the email tag, but that was 2 years ago, and Interpersonal Skills started as public ...
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I'm asking about how to make a math expression from (ambigous) phrase. Is this off-topic?

This is my question: “3 times a is increased by b” vs “3 times a increased by b” As I stated in a comment to SrJoven, this question is not about how to read (or speak) a mathematical expression, it ...
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“Controversial” Question Untag

I am unsure of the pejorative-language retag to the question Word meaning "likely to cause controversy?" I would like to see this tag removed, but I think my reasons for doing so are nuanced enough to ...
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Is there an online example sentence database or search engine to translate LIST of words?

I need to find sentence examples for list of words that includes in about 1500 words.So it is not easy to use online services that find examples only for one word(like Google translate or some other ...
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Reopen request for “how to order food that is hot temperature but not hot amount-of-capsaicin”

How to order food that is hot (temperature) but not hot (amount of capsaicin)? The author has edited the question.
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Not clearly stated in the Help Center - Asking

On the Help Center | Asking page it states: "Be constructive: name-calling is as likely to drive folks away as it is win them to your cause." Should this be changed to state that name-calling is more ...
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Why can't I see the comment that my mailbox claims to have come?

In my mailbox I see this: Jun, 23 Difference between "day after tomorrow" and "day after next" comment: @KonradViltersten There is often a down-vote as soon as I post, and sometimes after it is ...
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Reopen request: “An interjection for expressing nostalgia”

I would like to request to reopen this question: An interjection/expression for expressing nostalgia It is not in the review list anymore. I also rephrased for re-consideration. There is an answer ...
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discussing meaning in language - poetry and song lyrics

Not really a language question (probably more of a meta question really), but where is the best forum to discuss meaning / interpretation of poetry / song lyrics - pragmatics, inference, metaphor, ...
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The “a new answer was posted” quick refresh won't update the answer counter properly

So you make a question and leave the page open. Then a grey box appears saying "a new answer was posted - click here to refresh". So you click it. The answer appears alright, but the answer counter ...
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What sources can be used to document usage, and isn't that highly context-dependent?

The 'usage' part of EL&U is still not well-defined, and I read the FAQ and searched all of meta (citations 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Which of the following distinct types of 'usage' are/ are not allowed?...
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Why was this question closed?

"Introduce person to object" or "introduce object to person"? I'd like to know what may have been considered off topic. The question is about the "usage", so I believe it's right ...
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Missing web page decorations for ELU

Starting yesterday afternoon (14 Aug), the ELU pages I've looked at have had some elements missing from the display. Comparing following pictures, one sees that at least the following items are ...
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Abbreviations like MWV, MW, etc

I see the list of common abbreviations, but neither of the following are on it: Most would argue that 'chance upon', though a MWV, is MW Is there a second list on the site, or elsewhere, that ...
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Is there too much emphasis on historical usage?

Has anyone noticed that some correct answers on current usage of a particular English word are down-marked in favor of later comments and answers that simply show off historical research, but do not ...
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Reopening request for the question 'usage-differences-between-than-vs-to-vs-over'?

I have asked a question usage-differences-between-than-vs-to-vs-over in ELU. How ever the question appears to be duplicate of another. Hence it was closed with out any notice. After closure I noticed ...
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Perplexed by bitransitive verbs of transfer answer

As I attempted to ask there https://english.stackexchange.com/a/90534/19659 and in the original edit of this very question: What part of linguistics does this concept "bitransitive verbs of transfer" ...
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Request to re-open “Rosie the Riveter”

I'm writing to request to re-open the question Rosie the Riveter. It was closed as off-topic, but there is an interesting association between the cultural icon of Rosie the Riveter and the expression "...
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Why is this question closed as duplicate?

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/64947/may-not-vs-can-not-on-websites Note that the title has been changed (not by OP). But look at the context and give me an idea, why is this duplicate ...
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Should not the flag history page report that “disputed flags” include also the flags that have been marked as invalid from the user?

As far as I understood, when I flag a flag as invalid, my flag will always be marked as disputed. If this is the case, should not the flag history page report that fact? For example, a note as the ...
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“is that correct?”

I used to always ask "is that correct?", here for example Using quotes when referring to word as word this is the old habit from stackoverflow, because they enjoy closing questions saying "not a real ...
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Where can I find the word link of a word?

With eJoy pages, I can see the word's word link information like this: This info really helped me memorize vocabulary. Do any dictionary sites provide this information?
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Should this ELL question be migrated to ELU?

I've seen many questions migrated from ELU to ELL, but I don't recall ever seeing a question go the opposite way. I also admit I don't know if my question here should more properly be asked on ELL ...
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What is the appropriate state of this question regarding feminizing girls?

Is there any verb for making a girl more girly? is closed, but I am having difficulty placing my finger on just why that is. I am not suggesting that it is a great question, but it does seem to meet ...
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Best-Practices for posting a follow-on question?

Are there best-practices for posting a follow-on question? I am new to ELU. I have searched ELU meta for this subject and have not yet found any information. From my novice vantage, here are ...
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Is it valid to discuss freeform non-grammatical slang on ELU?

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/329120/what-is-the-meaning-of-like-mom-what-do-you-mean-i-cant-go-get-tacos-at-3-am The quote is hardly proper English, it is a slang usage which doesn't ...
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Why cant I answer or comment on a question/answer without being “approved” by someone whom YOU deem fit?

For instance.....The question where does the saying "The bees knees" come from was posed on this site. The answers were senseless dribble at best. The correct answer. Ever wondered why we say this ...
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Please remove the giant quotation mark from the CSS for blockquotes

The blockquote HTML tag is often used for things that are not literally quotations—for example, in duplicate question notices—so the giant quotation mark is quite often incorrect or misleading. Since ...
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Is there a happy medium for editing of post formatting?

This question arose from What are the commonly accepted guidelines specific to this site (2015)?. User A has a strong aesthetic ideal of what posts should look like, in terms of colors, bold, ...
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Why was this question voted to be put on hold as being POB by a user while his question is far from being objective?

Why was this question(https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/225083/on-referring-to-a-specific-definite-person-whose-gender-is-known-as-they) voted to be put on hold as being POB by a user while ...

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