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When I first read Is "the" ever pronounced "knee"? I assumed it meant "is "th" ever pronounced "n"... I was not the only one - Herrison at March 17 2018 thought the same thing and actually went as far as answering it. If that was the original question, then the OP should have been given a short time to clarify that they meant "Is the "e" in "the" ever ...


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I don't think helpful NAA/VLQ flags have weight themselves towards a ban. (After all, you may have helpful flags on posts that used to be bad, but were later fixed.) But flags make the post be reviewed (usually by the review queues), and what happens there to the post can cause a ban. The ban is caused by having enough answers that were downvoted and/or ...


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Does the system kick in at some point and “warn off” this type of user? AFAIK, while there is a warning before automatic question-ban, I don't think there is a warning before answer-ban. The user will only notice when they cannot post an answer anymore, as stated on the help center. Is there a number of NAA and VLQ flags which will result in Mod ...


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Yes. It's a defacement of the post. I've rolled it back (which I hope will also remove the +2 "edit approved" rep reward). I also removed the answer which reinforced the poor edit without actually being an answer. However the question has now also been deleted (not by unilateral vote; mine was the last of the three required).


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The American English dictionary is back again in its full form. From About | Lexico: 3. How can I switch between the UK and US dictionaries? When performing a search, select the drop-down menu next to the search bar (or below the search bar on mobile) to select the dictionary you'd like to use. This drop-down menu also allows searches of our grammar ...


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There is no sharp line separating the present-day philosophy of language from linguistics. Some of the theories developed by the philosophers of language, over the last hundred years or so, can illuminate many specific problems concerning English language and usage. The questions that concern application of such philosophical theories to specific problems of ...


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No, but the language of philosophy is on topic ;)


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Two weeks after your question was posted and still no answers. I think this is because there is currently no consensus here on ELU about answering questions. We have the official, written rules as encoded by the site software itself: Use comments to ask for clarification or add more information. Avoid answering questions in comments. etc. Then we have ...


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English Club offers phrases, idioms, phrasal verbs.


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The New York Times's Word of the Day.


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A Word A Day, and a subscription for a daily email


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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day page, where you can also subscribe to a daily email.


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It comes down to the motivation of the asker. If they say: Person X did Y to me. What word Z can I call them? it seems like this is asking for verbal ammunition. If we could be 100% sure of their motivation, we could close the question as not relating to learning about English. I am careful not to accuse people of bad intentions, but I do occasionally ...


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Let's talk about what "opinion based" actually means. Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than [on] facts, references, or specific expertise. Note that the wording from the Help Centre and the review queue are almost ...


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I don't consider the question to be low-quality. But it does lack a source, it does lack evidence of research. So, quickly, here is what I might have posted if I had been a newcomer Can you say me where the nearest inn is situated? Is this really something that would be asked by a native English speaker? I read it in a cartoon from the 1990s ...


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I’m sure that you understand the vagueness of, e.g. “the 14th century” and realise that nothing here is going to clarify that vagueness As a century is, as per OED II. A period of one hundred years. It doesn’t matter when it starts: “In 1848 the family was one of the richest; a century later that had changed.” In another sense, and the one you mean - ...


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This question appears to conflate a number of very different issues, so the simple answer would have to be "No". The more comprehensive answer would be "It depends". Flagging vs voting No one with the 3,000 rep required for close-voting should be flagging a question for closure, they should simply VTC. If the question is whether a user with less than 3,000 ...


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Questions meeting the criteria outlined in the tag's about page should not be flagged. Questions almost meeting the criteria should be improved through edits and asking for clarifications in comments. Questions that are far off should be flagged to close.


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