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Can I find words with similar spelling using regular expressions or wildcards?

I would like to find words that look similar in spelling. Is there a tool (document, web site/application, and/or software) that can allow me to do that by using wildcards or regular expressions? For ...
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The tag “confusing” should be deleted

I found that on Ell Stack Exchange, there is a tag called confusing and I found that this tag was used by 1 question. That question actually asked about the prepositions after the word “confusing”. (...
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The tag “simple” should be deleted

NB: the tag no longer exists. I found that there is a tag called simple in Ell Stack Exchange. For me, this tag is useless, and I don’t know who created this tag. Maybe the user want to create the tag ...
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Why my flag was declined as “without evidences”?

I’m new to flagging questions and answers and maybe not familiar with the flagging on this site. So, I reported the question last week Who is the feds, and I flagged with the reason "need ...
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One question-editing policy to rule them all

There is some dispute about editing questions here on ELL, specifically correcting grammar and spelling. Multiple Q&As exist, with different and mostly incompatible answers: When should I correct ...
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Should we encourage dialects?

Just a thought. Some questions on ELL get asked about pronunciation in various songs, spoken works, films, radio broadcasts etc, where the main problem is the dialect of the speaker. We are asked to ...
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What makes a question earn your upvote?

I did a quick edit to "I see" versus "oh really" and noticed that while four people had answered it, it didn't have a single upvote (until I added mine). I think that is a bit odd ...
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The downvoting practice on ELL sucks

The downvoting practice on ELL sucks. I suspect many new users get discouraged and disappointed by this practice. This practice is not in the least encouraging to put questions anymore. In my case one ...
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Is there alternative choice for "Extensive reading for academic success"?

"Extensive Reading for Academic Success" is a series of books good for those who are preparing for TOEFL. Each of them includes 80 articles and is much cheaper than other TOEFL books. But I ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Why are my questions no longer being accepted?

Why are my questions no longer being accepted? - That means I am banned from putting questions !!!: You can’t post new questions right now Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from your ...
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Providing unsolicited advice in addition to answering the question

The discussion under this question caused me to consider the policy at ELL on unsolicited advice. Consider a situation where there are errors in the examples presented in the original question, which ...
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Election check-in 2023: Who's interested in stepping up and being a moderator here?

One of our most recently elected Moderators, David Siegel, is no longer a Mod here, which leaves Laurel and me as the only active Mods, so we are thinking about holding an election to find someone to ...
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Should we expand the “It’s in the dictionary” close reason to include etymological questions?

Consider the recent question Is cockroach composed of cock and roach?. The post’s title says it all. @FumbleFingers and I both left quick—and perhaps overly snarky—comments illustrating how easily the ...
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Is historical English interpretation part of ELL's remit?

Since ELL is primarily aimed at English learners (not native speakers) and the guide lines state If you have questions about the following topics, you may want to visit other Stack Exchange sites to ...
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Is it against the rules to make ChatGPT generate a text and ask questions about how that text is grammatical or not?

I made it write poetry and sometimes, the output doesn't seem to be grammatical or correct at all. Is it ok if I base some of my questions on output generated by ChatGPT?
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Can we add a new reason to the "Close" list?

I note that one of our moderators, gotube, has started to remind OPs, who use images of text rather than copy them out, that images cannot be read by screen readers (used by the visually impaired) and ...
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Why are these questions being closed with the proofreading close reason?

As of writing, this question has four votes to close for the community-specific reason that's often referred to as "proofreading". So does this one. While I haven't been around in a while, I'...
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Passage in Progressive Tense

I extracted this passage from 1984 because I am looking for passages written in Past Progressive Tense or Present Progressive Tense. I would think it is written in Present Progressive Tense but I'm ...
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How can I learn Indian English?

I desire learning a distinct Indian English dialect. How can I go about it? When I was learning English, I did not have much exposure to Indian English, but I feel like it has many features that are ...
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Would a community wiki/standard answer on dictionary definitions be helpful?

A look at my question history will show that what might be grouped under the umbrella of 'uncharitable close votes' is a bit of a hobby horse of mine, and I fully accept that the community as a whole ...
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Is my question an attack and a disrespect?

My post at https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/341384/what-adjective-can-be-used-to-describe-this-kind-of-behavior was closed today by moderator Laurel, who also made the following comment: ...
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Should moderators delete answers for combining terseness with comprehensiveness?

Should moderators delete answers for combining terseness with comprehensiveness? For example, What do you call a language that doesn't use the European alphabet? asked for "a word" or "...
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Resources for learning the proper shape of the mouth and the position of the tongue in pronunciation

Could you please recommend some learning materials (books, videos, websites, etc…) that those who are learning English as a second language can use to train native pronunciation of American English? I ...
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Can you suggest any AI based voice chat robot (such as some website) to practice spoken English?

I see these days, some text based on an AI robot, such as ChatGPT that can input English text, and respond in English, so I can practice my English writing. But I'm not an English native speaker, and ...
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Are requests for part-of-speech tagging in example use on-topic?

We recently had a question where a usage example was given, along with an attempt at part-of-speech tagging, and a request to validate that tagging: Knowing what grammar is used A user then closed the ...
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Would it be helpful to have a canonical post on Tense and Aspect? [Proposal stage (incomplete)]

Status Update: Upon discussion with an experienced member of the community who is currently teaching English, I have come to the conclusion that it may not be possible to present any single system of ...
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What book do you suggest for modern grammar?

Please, if possible, introduce books on the following topics. Modern Grammar, Syntax, Morphology I want to use your experience. Otherwise googling is easier but useless.
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What should be the qualifications for answering questions?

There is currently an open question on ELL which has raised some completely off topic argument in the comments some of which are becoming unpleasant. One contributor is saying you shouldn't answer ...
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Re-open request

I'm a bit surprised that two mods endorse closing... What does that mean: "my toes speak English"? ...citing "Lack of context". After failing to find the exact text in Google ...
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large general american audio archive

I'm looking for a large (at least several hours) collection of audio records accompanied by transcriptions (just text, timing is not important) narrated by one person whose accent can roughly be ...
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As English learner, it is hard for me to grasp shades of meaning between synonyms. Is there a resource available that can help me with this?

As every English learner, I come across many near-synonyms and synonyms, such as 'sad,' 'gloomy,' and 'wretched'. How can I determine which of them conveys a stronger emotional intensity? What words ...
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What should I study to learn academic English that is used for mathematics?

I am looking for material that can be used to teach non-English speakers academic English for mathematics. I meant it might be some basic vocabulary. Any help will be appreciated.
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Duplicates: why not be able to choose more than one?

When you opt to close a question due to its being a duplicate, the program automatically churns up examples and you have to choose one. Often, more than one applies, yet there is only one choice ...
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Object complement - good sources

Where can I find a list of the verbs that need an object complement, listed according to whether the object complement is a noun or adjective or both?
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Online collocation dictionaries and English corpus search resources

Correct prepositions and collocations in general do not come naturally to a non-native speaker. I had been using www.just-the-word.com to check for right combinations, until it went offline some time ...
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Backing up i.imgur.com images that may be at risk due to their new ToS

Now, you should be using the "add picture" feature in the editor to get an i.stack.imgur.com address for your images in your posts. That is hosting that SE pays for and images there won't ...
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Is ChatGPT good for fixing grammar errors compared other tools like Grammarly?

Did anyone use both? And your opinion? How often do they make mistakes?
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Which is it? People don't really take the time to understand the questions or I worded them so badly that they are unintelligible?

I don't mind the downvotes. I am here to ask questions and get answers not to score points. But what seems strange to me is how what I intended in some recent questions failed to get across. And I'm ...
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Are answers written by AI Chatbots suitable for the site?

Relevant question and answer What is the grammar point that we changed the structure "S + V and V" into the structure "S + V, Ving"? Is an answer written by an AI chatbot, such as ...
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Where can I find a good phrasal verbs dictionary?

Where can I find a good phrasal verbs dictionary, and can someone help me out? Does anyone have the Cambridge Phrasal Verbs Dictionary or a similar resource they could recommend?
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Does this site have different rules about answering in comments?

On most SE sites, giving answers as comments is generally frowned upon. But here, it seems to be a very common practice. I realize that this site is different in that most questions are quick one-offs,...
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Tag description that is possibly unsuitable for an English language site

The description for our (main site's) third most popular tag meaning reads: This tag is for questions which a dictionary cannot answer about what a word means. This sentence seems ..off to me, if ...
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Why was my "rude or abusive" flag declined?

Recently a new user insisted on commenting on the downvoting that happened on their question (a duplicate was posted on ELU, where the exact same comment was added). I cannot fully recall the exact ...
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What sort of English should I use on Stack Exchange websites, British or American?

What kind of language should I learn to properly ask and answer here?
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Are possibly rude comments allowed?

Someone made a comment on my answer saying: Very poor answer tbh of a new contributor bounty hunting. Would this be allowed? I don't think this is the purpose for commenting, so I flagged it.
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Telling people not to advertise in an answer

An advertisement was posted on the site. I posted an answer: Please do not advertise here, this is a place for asking questions and answering them. Would this be allowed? (To protect my reputation ...
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The IELTS academic exam [closed]

I want to prepare for the IELTS academic exam, and I am so confused about the best resources. Do you have any suggestion for me? And in your opinion, which is better Collins or Cambridge books for ...
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Book that covers less obvious rules for using 'a/an' and 'the' articles

Could you suggest a comprehensive textbook or academic research study that covers all the cases of using articles (a/an and the) in English? I'm having trouble finding a detailed and well-reasoned ...
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Happy 10th, English Language Learners!

It’s been 10 years since this site was proposed in Area 51, so we’re celebrating ELL’s 10th anniversary! In the beginning, this site was started by users of English Language and Usage (EL&U), as a ...
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