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Good online grammar checker

I tried grammarly and prowritingaid.com they are good but sometimes they miss things. In a long text I was surprised they didn't mark its as error. Are there any other good alternatives?
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Is there a British/US dictionary?

What I would be looking for is a dictionary, printed or downloadable, containing the differences between British and US English and nothing else. For example, it would contain boot/trunk, but not “...
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What's with James K?

I'm used to 'reinstate Monica' user names, but now I've seen someone called 'xxx supports James K' - what's the story? Should I be 'Michael Harvey didn't vote for Brexit'? Isn't it a bit grandstanding?...
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How did this question get so many views?

I came across a question that was asked 10 months ago and didn't have any comment or any answer. But it has got 3k views: "Were you able to" and "are you able to", when to use ...
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A simulation of the IELTS test [migrated]

I'm looking for some website offering simulation IELTS tests. When I was planning to present the TOEFL I found a website called Scorte Nexus, that offers simulation TOEFL tests, and I found it very ...
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What's with the Monica thing in user names?

Could someone explain simply who Monica is or was, and what she did that some people support?
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Could a lesson be included in the TOUR?

I am new to this site and it is still not clear to me what opinion based actually means. I couldn't understand why this question was considered opinion-based and if there is a way to transform it into ...
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Winter is coming

Winter is here, grab your hats and other cool stuff. I got some dishevelled hair, a headset—which is called 'disciple' and some awful masks :D I hope you're having a good time
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Should questions like this (like linguistics… see below) be asked and answered on ELL?

There was a very recent question "Why is “threepenny” pronounced as THREP.NI?" on this SE. And the spectacular answer by a very cooperative contributor Void. Under Void's answer, one user ...
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Screenshots in questions — What should we do to discourage such behavior?

Today I came across these two questions, this one and this one, where the questioner has simply attached the photo, or may I say screenshot, of the whole page, which essentially appears to be on a ...
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Which sources should one refer to verify spelling according to UK English?

Apologies if this is off-topic here. I was unsure where to ask it. Please migrate to the main site if it is on-topic there. If it is not on-topic in both the main site as well as here, please close it....
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Why does another SE site option only include ELL Meta SE?

So there is this question on main site today which in Justin's opinion and my opinion too, better fitted another SE site altogether. I was trying to flag the question so that moderators could easily ...
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What are some popular EFL textbooks in Japan?

I'm looking for a shortlist of popular EFL textbooks that are commonly used in Japan. I'm mainly interested in textbooks aimed at beginner or intermediate adult learners (including young adults like ...
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Grammar books for native speaker?

As a well-read native speaker, I know what “sounds right”, but I often don’t know the formal terminology or rules to explain why to a learner. Are there any grammar books or other resources that can ...
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Is it possible to change the font of THIS site?

My question is very simple. This site has a default font which is kind of boring. See the font of the other English site: Is it possible to change the font of THIS site (https://ell.stackexchange.com/...
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Should posts containing abbreviations be edited?

I have come across many posts lately containing abbreviations such as sth, sb/sbd, pls, ur, etc. At first I had no idea what these abbreviations meant (except for pls). I even posted a comment on the ...
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What are the best open-source free journals for ESL/EFL?

For academics who don't have access to subscription-based online journals, what are some of the best open-source (free) journals related to English language teaching and learning? Peer-reviewed ...
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Why do people post their answers in the comments section on ELL? [duplicate]

I've often noticed that a question is answered in the comments section of the original post on English Language Learners. I haven't noticed this on other Stack Exchanges so I was wondering what the ...
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Where could I learn English as a second language for free in the USA?

Disclaimer: I am new to this forum, so if my question isn't part of the proposal, my apologies. Where could I learn English as a second language for free in the USA? I am a graduate student who ...
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Community edits should be made visible

I am not sure if it is only me, but sometimes I can't see the edits made by Community moderator. And by Community moderator, I am talking about this person or this person. I did not get any relevant ...
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Why is it necessary for the question title to have more than 15 characters?

I was editing this post which had several mistakes, post, starting with the question title (it was ambiguous). The most reasonable title which I considered writing was "Will vs Would" since ...
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Help me out here: How would you improve these questions?

I feel like I am flogging a death horse and the dead horse is telling me to keep doing it. Once again, what I would really like to say has been said here: J.R.'s eloquently argued and sufficiently ...
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Poorly phrased questions that give rise to variegated answers

It sometimes happens that a question comes up with very poor wording to the point that readers cannot really understand what the asker is actually asking. I focused on this: "The animals which ...
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How to find books to read at a certain learning level?

I have had English in school, but I have mostly learned English by reading books. I never did homework, never learned grammar or vocabulary, but rather, similar to a native speaker, I took up the ...
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Are questions about English language certifications on-topic?

Is it an appropriate place to ask questions about language certifications like IELTS, CAE and others? E.g. questions about exam format, learning materials.
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Explain to me why you are throwing your close votes at this question

The reaction of some people to this question has me scratching my head, going "You kidding me?" Can we really use lap as an intransitive verb? So I was among the first people to notice that ...
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Is this podcast interview worth trying hard to catch ALL what they say for AN “ELL”?

Today I turned 46 years old, starting to feel the erosion of my skin. "Personally speaking"(big emphasis here), why I am here became more a maintenance of English than trying to pass things ...
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Alternative for Vocabulary.com

I recently find the website vocabulary.com. It helped me a lot to memorize a great number of words, and also mastering its spelling, but unfortunately it doesn't allowed to submit a list of ...
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A website for identifying the different phrases in the sentence

I was wondering if anyone knew of a website that allows you to paste in your sentence and the site will identify the individual phrases in that sentence. For example, I paste in the sentence and the ...
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Reference for decomposing English words

I learned that a good way to grow vocabulary is learning root words and recognize prefixes and suffixes and other parts of a word. So I am looking for a way to decompose a specific word. Is there any ...
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Let's use plain language (this time for real)

If you do not wish to read the entire document, please consider reading only the sentences in boldface. Introduction In an earlier post, ELL members discussed the value of writing answers in simpler ...
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Broader acceptance of revisions from community

Background Discussion has been limited regarding the acceptable extent and nature of revisions for questions, by contributors other than the author, especially over any considerations that might be ...
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What to do with non-English-specific comprehension questions?

In particular, questions like Who exactly is "he" here? On one hand, I understand that someone who's learning English and watching a movie or reading a text in English can think their ...
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Why is my latest question have close vote and downvotes?

I see close votes and downvotes on my last question. Is it not allowed to ask here?
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Is it appropriate to base an answer on details not included in a question?

A recent question was asking if the usage of the term “cop” was derogatory. A reasonable question, with some background around the context. The (accepted) answer (posted by a moderator) includes this ...
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Idiomatic American English resources

I'd like to improve my spoken English and thought maybe it was a good start to learn how to have a proper conversation, or order a meal in a restaurant, or going into a shop and ask for help for ...
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Grammar Book Recomendation [duplicate]

I searched "Grammar Recomendation", however I could not find any questions and answers on this matter. So, could anyone recommend me some grammar books? I would appreciate to read both basic ...
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Is there a limit to how many questions one is allowed politely to answer?

I answered a fair number of questions this morning, and built up a fair bit of rep. Then I went away to do something else. Then I came back to look in, and it seems that a significant number of my ...
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When should a question be edited in these situations?

I have noticed that some editors don’t consider correcting some specific errors in questions. In my opinion, such errors should be corrected so that the asker of the question becomes aware of the ...
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Mods Binging on Reviews. Leave some for the rest of us?

On my History Review page there are approximately eight pages, each with 50 items, where the names of two moderators dominate the close review. In over 400 reviewed posts, I counted the names of only ...
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You got anything original to say?

I am wondering what is expected of someone who feels that a contributor has added an answer that is very similar to at least one other answer in the same post. (I may not be able to clearly summarize ...
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Should the “writing” tag be changed to “written-english”?

So writing, which has the description For questions specifically related to written English., has been applied to many questions and very few of them are specifically focused on written English. It's ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

English Language Learners's fourth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please ...
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When would I be able to create a tag? Is there a reputation requirement?

I am wondering when I would be able to make tags. I just asked question on the main site regarding the difference between "may" and "can". Prior, to asking the question I reviewed couple of related ...
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Impose a sentence on [sentence] (again)

(if you're wondering about the pun in the title, that's a Stack Exchange meme for tag-related Meta questions) The sentence tag currently has 17 questions and no tag excerpt or wiki. IMHO it's a very ...
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Unjustified downvoting even on a question earning three badges, notable question, nice question & popular question

I post questions and give answers on ELL & EL&U. But serial downvoting on some good questions is really disappointing. A moderator should downvote a question or an answer which, he thinks, is ...
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Is there a good duplicate target for “What's the difference between the infinitive and the present participle?”

I keep seeing questions like this every day: What's the difference between jump and jumping? Why would I say I like to jump up and down instead of I like jumping up and down? Every time I see ...
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Bilingual dictionary that explains the meanings of words, not just equivalent words

A bilingual dictionary will typically give you the closest equivalents of a word in Language A in Language B. This is sufficient most of the time, but for words that do not have direct equivalents in ...
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Nominations and current moderators in 2020

I know that some elections normally happen on a regular basis, but it's curious that none of the currently listed 4 moderators have been nominated (by themselves or others) to continue in their duty. ...

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