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You Could Look It Up by StoneyB 2012-12-17, filed under English Stack Exchange Your question has been “Closed as General Reference”. That raises more questions: What does that mean? Why was it closed? What should you do about it? What Does It Mean? First, what it doesn’t mean. It doesn’t mean “Your question is worthless. Don’t bother us.” It certainly doesn’...


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Grammar Girl Interview 2011-10-19 by Mr. Shiny & New, filed under English Stack Exchange As someone who is interested in the English language and word history, I don’t just participate in English Language & Usage, I also read other blogs. Grammar Girl, from Quick and Dirty Tips, is a good blog to read for English advice. She recently agreed to do ...


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How we talk about future situations by tunny 2015-09-07, filed under Grammar, Learning People learning English are often confused by the many ways in which it is possible to talk about future events. They are not helped by the fact that some writers (eg, Sinclair {1}) claim that the construction with will in front of the base form (bare infinitive) of the ...


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Good English = Effective English by Barrie England 2012-12-03, filed under Linguistics Speech and the written language differ in many ways. Speech developed before writing and we learn to speak before we learn to write. For a long time there was no written language at all, and there are languages that have no written form. That is not to say we can say what ...


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Chat vs Comment by Matt Ellen 2013-07-11, filed under English Stack Exchange Hello my friend! How are you doing? It is good to see you around these parts, the Stack Exchange network is a lovely part of the Internet where we can all help each other to learn. Of course, though, there are rules by which we should abide if we want to keep this place friendly ...


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Noting here for the record that "Blog Overflow is actually going to be shutting down completely soon" per animuson. There are relatively few SE blogs, and even fewer of these remain active. Jack B Nimble's answer to Why doesn't anyone use the Stack Exchange community blogs anymore? at MSE suggests that WorldBuilding, SciFi, and any other active blogs have ...


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Why did I delete your answer? by Matt Ellen 2015-11-13, filed under English Stack Exchange, Learning Imagine someone has a question about physics, say “How can I figure out the acceleration due to gravity?” A physicist answers with “You can throw a bowling ball from various floors of a multistorey building.” The physicist knows in their head the ...


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It wasn't just ELU, but has now been fixed: This was an issue with the SOA and A records being cached really hard on some DNS servers for a day. We never had a TTL higher than 5 minutes on the A and no higher than an hour on the SOA at any point, so we're at a loss to explain why some downstream DNS servers chose to cache for a full day. The records in ...


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That vs Which: A Pragmatic Approach 2012-10-01 by StoneyB. 6 comments Filed under Grammar “There’s glory for you!” H. Dumpty, founder of linguistic pragmatics If you’re looking for a balanced discussion of the That vs Who/whom/whose/which controversy, go here. I’m not interested. A hundred years ago the Fowlers put forward a modest proposal. ...


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How to Ask out an Apple 2011-09-20 by Matt Ellen. 3 comments Filed under Grammar Tagged: learning, verb, verb-tense Hello there Paul! I understand you’re staying in England to learn the language. That should be “I am here to learn English.” I think you mean “Please explain to me.” Well, you were explaining your reason for coming to the UK. In English,...


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Good things from 2014 2015-01-02 by Matt Ellen. 2 comments Filed under English Stack Exchange Tagged: 2014, end of the year Now that hat season is in full swing, we thought it would be nice to have a look at some of the good bits of 2014 at English Language & Usage. First of all, some congratulations to members who hit 20K reputation this year:* ...


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Proofreading Questions 2011-10-05 by waiwai933. 2 comments Filed under English Stack Exchange Tagged: main-site If we were to categorize all closed questions on the English Language and Usage – Stack Exchange , proofreading questions would be by far the largest category. The fact that we get proofreading questions in quantity is no surprise—after all, ...


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Articles: “A” vs. “An” 2011-11-04 by waiwai933. 5 comments Filed under Grammar Tagged: articles, pronunciation One of the prevalent questions on the English Language and Usage – Stack Exchange is about whether a or an is the correct indefinite article to use. It’s a straightforward question, but like all questions, there are subtleties that raise ...


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Book Review – The Adventure of English 2012-01-11 by Matt Ellen. 3 comments Filed under Etymology Tagged: Book review, etymology, history The Adventure of English The Biography of a Language by Melvyn Bragg While I am a serious enthusiast when it comes to learning about and understanding my native tongue, I am an amateur with regards to my studies. ...


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Prescriptivism and Descriptivism 2012-10-15 by Cameron. 13 comments Filed under Linguistics Imagine you are reading something on the Internet (I know, it’s a stretch), and you come across the following passage: I want to be sure that you and me are on the same page. When you ask how I feel about grammar, you are begging the question, “Are you a ...


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Looking Up a Gun: Common English Words with Nordic Origins 2012-11-05 by Luke. 2 comments Filed under Etymology Tagged: etymology , history Old Norse words in the English language are much more numerous than many would suspect. Many common words such as gun , craze , and equip are of Nordic origin. Because the two languages were so similar, they have ...


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Much Ado About Possessive Apostrophes 2012-11-19 by kitfox. 9 comments Filed under Orthography Tagged:possessive-apostrophe Apostrophes are lovely little critters, but they tend to boggle the mind if you think about them too much.  One of the most common questions on EL&U regards proper usage of an apostrophe to indicate possession. The basics. How ...


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Good idea. Blogs and forums are a good idea, but they have one weak point. There are a lot of interesting questions, answers and ideas in forums and in blogger sites, but they vanish in the course of time and you can't find things one has read some time ago. It's almost impossible to find such things again. There should be ways to make the contents of forums ...


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