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The repeated questions add no value, and generally it appears that they can be marked as duplicates of How do the tenses and aspects in English correspond temporally to one another? So that's what I do. There are other questions about using the present tense to indicate the future* ('I hope it rains' or 'I hope it will rain') or the ...


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I like the idea of having a canonical (or what's the word for that) question, which can be made community wiki so that all of us can contribute to it. We already have such questions, and we close later questions as duplicates. Go ahead, and make a community wiki question for whatever family relationship terms exist in English, and we can close others as ...


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Of course there is no clear definition for 'canonical', any more than for 'best' (which is presumably why Stack Exchange per se uses neither term). There is, however, general agreement that some answers are better than others; each voter decides which post or posts to upvote, and the highest-voted is the best in the 'opinion' of ELU as a whole, no matter ...


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Ordering adjectives Is it great green dragon or green great dragon? What is the rule for adjective order?


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General neutral pronouns Can I use the "singular they"? What is a gender-neutral way to refer to a single individual? Is there a correct gender-neutral singular pronoun ("his" vs. "her" vs. "their")?


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I am simply a vehicle for getting some enlightening but ephemeral comments into an answer. This is all thanks to the incomparable Edwin. Actually, it's far from trivial to decide between the definite article the and an indefinite article a/an. For example: 'A/the boomslang is certainly not a snake one would want to be bitten by.' There is a 100+ ...


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Forming possessives How do we form a possessive for a word which ends in an s? How about a z? What if it's a surname? Possessive form for a surname ending with "z" Giant Ostrich Bomb's (GOB) fuse or Giant Ostrich Bomb (GOB)'s fuse? Pendleton, et al. (2002)’s research How do I correctly use the possessive apostrophe with a parenthetical ...


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Compound possessives incorporating the first person "My wife and I's seafood collaboration dinner" Also upvoted, but now marked as duplicates of the first: How do you make the possessive form with "He and I"-style subjects? What possessive forms are used for mutual 1st person ownership?


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Writing compound nouns Should I write "nounnoun", "noun-noun" or "noun noun"? When should compound words be written as one word, with hyphens, or with spaces?


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It feels strange to create a new question specifically to be answered as a reference question especially when there exist questions with answers and duplicate questions already. There already are some canonical high-quality 'kinship term' questions Paucity of words for relationships Rule for naming various relatives Either of these (or both, or more) can ...


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There is a question asking about the pronunciation of words spelled with 's—and you posted an answer to it back in 2016! The answer addresses the basic allomorphic alternation between /s/, /z/ and /ɪz/. It is somewhat short, so I think it would be possible to update it with a section about "when and whether this clitic is actually applied", even though the ...


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I'm not a big fan of the practice of marking basic questions that are about some general, but fairly broad and complex topic (like tense) as "duplicates" of some "canonical" (so to speak) question about that topic. For one thing, I don't really like using duplicates in such a loose way. For another thing, the "canonical" questions are often pretty old, ...


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Gerund vs. infinitive for verb complements My favorite pastime is to cook vs. My favorite pastime is cooking Try to rotate your knee vs. Try rotating your knee When should a verb be followed by a gerund instead of an infinitive?


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Backshifting and reported speech Problem with backshift in reporting clauses


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Singular or plural agreement with collective nouns The team is here or The team are here? Are collective nouns always plural, or are certain ones singular? Where coupled with a dummy subject, see "There is/are more than one". What's the difference? "There are no shortage of applications"


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When should I use a vs an? When should I use "a" vs "an"?


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When do I use that vs which? When to use “that” and when to use “which”?


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When do I used who vs whom What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly?


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How many spaces after a period? Should I use one space or two after a period? Is it ok to use just one space after a period? How many spaces should come after a period/full stop?


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As you may or may not already know, the question Framing a question whose answer is an ordinal number has been reopened. The bounty (500 points) will expire in three days time tomorrow today and I will have to award it to only one user. I would very much like to share it equally among three [update 6/25/15] four users but I know this is impossible. Please ...


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