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Yes. There is a separate Stack Exchange site specifically for English Language Learners (here), and we try to maintain the distinction between the two. In addition, as the explanatory text says, a question that can be answered by consulting a general reference such as a dictionary is out of place here. It is true that many such answers can only be found if ...


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I didn't know there was a US/UK difference on this until the question came up and I looked into it. And so far as I'm concerned, I really did have to "look into it". My first minute on Google failed to turn up anything definitive (like OP, I saw nothing obvious in the link given by the first closevoter). First I had to establish the (to me as a Brit, ...


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It made the "Hot Network Questions" list which is shown on the right of many Stack Exchange pages. It's the successor to the "supercollider" which used to appear in the page header. This will usually artificially inflate a question's popularity and voting. (But that question also includes pictures, which are always popular and will guarantee upvotes.) And ...


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As I commented (just before this Meta question appeared) on the question in both places, This question asks about domain-specific language and is more suited to a domain-specific SE site, since there is one. I've adjusted it to make it even more fitted there (and probably should have edited it there rather than on ELU -- sorry about that). The question ...


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Yeah, someone should have simply answered the OP's question. It would most likely take only a minute or two. It would take less time to answer the question than to go around searching for an exact "duplicate"; also the OP wouldn't then have to pore over the "duplicate" thread(s) in an attempt to construct an answer to the original question. On EL&U, ...


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I have deleted the question and merged the good quality answers into "Be like" usage. This is one of the more complicated moderator actions I have done recently, so my apologies if I didn't handle it perfectly.


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I did not close-vote the original question, but reviewing it now I must confess that I had no idea what you were asking at first either. I would suggest chopping/trimming the first few paragraphs about the 'generic singular they', as they are pretty tangential to your question and probably just muddy the waters. I also thought your comment about the murder ...


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The reason given in the closure message can be fairly arbitrary. It's the majority reason. That doesn't necessarily mean that three out of five voted for it, though. There could be 2+1+1 votes for three different reasons. If the last vote is for reason A, then the voting is 3+1+1 and reason A is given in the box; if it's for reason B, then the voting is 2+2+...


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You say: It's not asking about people's opinions, whether they like a word or not, they are asking for an objective comparison. Vagueness is not an opinion. It's a factual recognition that things aren't exact, not what one's personal preferences are. This is a tad disingenuous, I feel. You're stuffing opinion ("people's opinions") into the very small jar ...


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Neither up- nor downvotes require a reason, and this, together with the anonymity of voting, is an important part of the Stack Exchange model. You can find a good number of discussions around this if you look, but there is no point arguing about it. Partly this is beacause nobody on the site has the power to change it, and partly because argument is itself ...


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First off, the “pairs of nouns” you present are not actually pairs of nouns: Type-1 Noun Type-2 Noun ------------ ----------------------- New Yorker lives in New York diabetic person with diabetes author writes books But even within a given column there is no common thread: The second column always has more than one word in ...


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If you ask a question (as too many people do) about "which is correct", then, yes. That's not what we're here for. If, on the other hand, you ask something that is about English Language and Usage, then you may rest assured that it is not "obvious for native English speakers". This is because native English speakers who are educated in Anglophone schools ...


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Although your idiom request was quite clear, your meta question is of interest regarding ELU questions more generally. This answer just addresses the issue of adding sample sentences, but the principle behind other requirements (e.g. show your research) is similar: Good answers often take a lot more time and effort to produce than it took to ask the ...


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Objectively, what you did seems to be above board. Subjectively, the use of the word "Sadly" in your new question may have been taken to have cast aspersions on the commenter: Sadly, this comment comes without a proper citation, even though it cites "developmental (whatsit)ologists". The primary reason for offense given by the commenter seems to be ...


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Duplicates should point to a question that has at least one good answer that answers the question being closed as a dupe. In my opinion, the quality of the answers of the proposed duplicate are a bigger problem than the question being closed. The scoring of the handful of answers for the proposed dupe target seemed pretty low for EL&U, which means to me ...


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Since relevance is not an issue in the case of your question (it's about the English language and its usage), what remains is to express the essence of your question in such a way that can be answered definitively within a few paragraphs. In the process, you'll need to do some research of your own. Here are a few things to try: Look up the definitions in ...


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If an answer was given, and it doesn't say "We're closing this because of bullying" I'm likely to take it on face value and move on. I might even think those people might be jerks and they don't know what they're talking about. Although, because the responses here have been reasonably civil, and within reason, not personal ("the post is poor quality, shows ...


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It belongs on Writers because it's asking about how to write in a particular style. There's nothing in the question that is unique to the English language; it just so happens that you are writing in English, but your question is about the writing process and not the English language. If you were writing in, say, French instead, the answer would be the exact ...


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The direct answer to your question is that downvotes are as much part of the site as upvotes, and we cannot tell precisely why three people (at time of writing) downvoted the question any more than why six (at time of writing) upvoted it. There is no accounting for disapproval any more than approval, and we certainly do not require explanations for either, ...


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Lynn pretty much nailed my thought process; (a), I wasn't sure what you were asking for (although your later edit giving a specific example did help), and (b) "give me as many examples as you can find" is too broad, which I believe is what I selected as my close-vote reason.


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I sympathize with your opinion that someone who posts a question ought to be able to provide clarification about what he or she is seeking when asked to do so. But I also sympathize with the original poster's sense of bemusement when challenged to clarify something that he asked two years earlier—a question that had earned 2 upvotes (and at some point 1 ...


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Your title here is very misleading. Of course it is ok to quote a comment or part of an answer. What is bad about your LL question is the framing. You're disparaging the contents of the quote. You're coming across like the commenter has done a terrible thing by not providing a reference. All you needed to say was that you're looking for references for ...


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All the following points are very good advice, follow these tips and your question should be "safe" and always appreciated. SWR questions are a very controversial issue on this site. There are users who would happily ban such requests from this site because they think they generally are poor quality questions of quiz-like nature. Anyway, one way to ...


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On English and ELL.SE, questions like the following are popular: A simple question No single answer Many potential answers Colloquial answers, or regionally specific ones The many potential answers come easily to mind These thesaurus questions, as I call them, tend to garner interest simply because they are very accessible: everyone knows an answer, often ...


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Well, it actually has been answered here. We have many questions on bare conditionals with if-deletion and inversion. It would probably be better to re-open and re-close it as a duplicate of one of those. Conditional sentences not starting with “if” A special use of “should”? Inverted conditional sentence using 'can' and 'will' What is the meaning of this ...


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Here is another question to ponder: Since the prefix de- in English often conveys the same sense of negation as the prefix un- does, we might expect the verb deliberate to mean "enslave"; but instead it means "to think about or discuss ideas or issues carefully." Why? If you generalized from your question about delight and my question about deliberate, you ...


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Whenever a question I've voted to close pops up here, I feel the need to explain my vote. I hope it helps. I also hope it's not insulting. With a small amount of research, you could have found that delight never had anything to do with light, so de-light isn't really applicable. Hence Closed. Delight is a recent spelling of a much older word, delite, ...


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In questions asking for help with straight-up definitions, people here like to hear that you've consulted a dictionary (several of which are listed on this page, which is linked to from the close reason) but still need help beyond what the dictionary can give you. In this case, the dictionary definitions for the two words are sufficiently different from ...


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The new question is an exact duplicate of How do I pluralize a name ending in “y”? If you think a more thorough answer is warranted then by all means, write one for the old question. Or if you think one is needed but don't know enough to write one yourself (or lack the time), then a bounty can be started on the old question.


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No research was indicated in your question. You can google your question title for a start. The results are plentiful and include at least four related questions on this very site, as well as other sites chock full of information. Tell us which sites you checked, what information you obtained, and why that information was not sufficient. See How much ...


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