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What good reference works on English are available?

Historical Resources These are books of possible interest to people who are investigating word and phrase origins and want to know what meanings those words or phrases were said to have at various ...
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What is plagiarism? How do I avoid it? How do I address it when I see it?

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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....
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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 ...
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What is plagiarism? How do I avoid it? How do I address it when I see it?

I have a few quibbles with this answer. Is this effort even necessary? Has there been some increase in plagiarism lately on ELU? Or some particularly egregious cases? Anything that requires ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What emphasis to use when referring to words?

It depends entirely upon the context. When I'm emphasizing a single word or phrase as an example, I use italics. When I'm emphasizing a point, I use bold, as in: That is a very good phrasing ...
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