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Should "What's the difference between tense A and tense B?" questions be marked as a duplicate of something generic?

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 ...
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What's the English word for my father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate?

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 ...
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What is a “canonical answer”?

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 ...
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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. "...
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Is there a comprehensive and authoritative reference on whether or not an article is appropriate?

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Do we have a canonical post on the pronunciation rules for the /s, z/ possessive clitic?

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/...
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Should "What's the difference between tense A and tense B?" questions be marked as a duplicate of something generic?

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 ...
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What's the English word for my father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate?

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 &...
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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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Please change the canonical 'ordinal question' to one which is more informative

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 ...
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