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Should questions be edited out of answers?

I came across this answer that repeated the contents of the question verbatim. I made a suggested edit that essentially removed the question from the answer. However, the edit was rejected by the post ...
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Resources for advanced spoken English

I am looking for resources for advanced spoken English, where less common vocabulary and grammar are used. To illustrate, Jordan Peterson uses such words as proclivity or finitude in his talks, which ...
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To non-native speakers: Do your speech organs get tired while speaking English?

Heads-up: This question is purely opinion-based, I am therefore asking it on Meta. Please let me know if it is off-topic here. I am a non-native speaker of English and have been speaking English for ...
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Respond to Apology [migrated]

If someone apologises for being late, is it pragmatically correct to respond as follow? Student: Good morning Mr. Anderson, I’m sorry I’m late! Teacher: Yes, I can see! So why are you late? I mean, ...
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Why was this Answer deleted by “Community”?

I'm sometimes accused of being a bit heavy-handed with my closevotes, but at least if I get it wrong, there have to be four other users voting the same way before anything actually happens. Whereas ...
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I implore you, please don't make an answer at the comment line but in the answer!

As this question is getting nowhere, thanks to a user who thought this question is a "rubbish" and hoping other people to close this question to sanitize it from this SE, I sincerely would ...
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Help me leverage my contributions here in ELL [migrated]

This probably isn't the right place to ask this, but I don't know where else to ask. Okay so I have seen a lot of strange questions here in SE (and ELL Meta), and this is my turn to ask one. I have ...
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Why was my answer on the “caps in soccer context” question removed?

From the comments beneath the answer, there is significant disagreement that it is in fact NAA: The NAA review was completed by a moderator. Another moderator chose to delete. Please explain why it ...
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Is there a dictionary that shows pronunciation strictly in IPA?

I am very confused to see that there are many online dictionaries out there that shows pronunciations with phoneme symbols but not strictly IPA. For example, for the word 'entail', the pronunciation ...
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Can a moderator tell me why a user's account was deleted?

I see so many deleted accounts and sometimes wonder why those accounts would have been deleted. Are moderators allowed to tell me why a user's account was deleted? For example: " this account was ...
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Challenging DIY listening tests

I'd like you guys to hit me with the most ridiculously hard listening tests (> C2 level) you are able conjure up from the depths of the Web. My criteria for a proper DIY listening test are as ...
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What is the best online service to make your own word cards?

I used to compile my own dictionary on one Russian website. Using several dictionaries as well as surfing the internet, I made about 2,000 entries (it included both words and idioms). Unfortunately, ...
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I would like to know that where my answer went wrong so that it was downvoted

It’s not that I am upset, or angry. I am just curious to know that where my answer went wrong. I answered someone’s question, he asked for further clarification, I clarified his doubt in the comments ...
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Can “elide” be used on this stack to mean “omit words”?

This grows out of the comment exchange to my answer on Is "whoever did" correct? Does anyone else object to the use of "elide", and its forms "elision" and "elided&...
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When question,answer contents are poor, and question , answer do not meet quality standards

Many questions of mine posted to English language and usage sites and to English language learners sites are considered as low-quality posts and incomprehensible. My question is, Are questions posted ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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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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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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