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Last chance to review the 'accepted answer' feature!

Six weeks ago, we were first asked on Meta whether we still wanted accepted answers to appear prominently at the top of pages on English Language Learners. Amazingly, over 500 of our users have ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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2021 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. English Language Learners Stack Exchange is scheduled for an ...
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I would like a second opinion on back-shifting

In She called me before dinner and said she _____ arrive home until eleven, so we don't need to wait for her---"wouldn't" or "won't" the OP and another user have ...
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Be a bastion of Democracy! Promote inquisitive minds! Champion the autonomy of learners! Let's pin accepted answers at the top of the page!

Stack Overflow—where questions get often hundreds of votes every week for many weeks—has recently stopped showing accepted answers at the top of the page, deciding instead to use only votes by users ...
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Should we create a new tag or even a new site for reviewing (short) English essays/passage written by learners?

(I searched in the history but didn't seem to find similar question/discussion. But I'm also guessing I may not be the first person to ask about this question. Would appreciate if anyone could point ...
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Where do I can find the real-world-based and trusted-worthy English verb tenses exercises?

I have been heavily focusing on learning English tenses for a month, but I can not find real-world-based exercises. To me, all workbooks I have known are just sandboxing exercises. They have isolated ...
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Should accepted answers appear first, just above the highest scored answer? Or should answers appear only in order of score?

On Stack Overflow (SO), new answers get thousands of views by active voting members long after the question is posted. This means new answers can get hundreds or thousands (yes, thousands) of votes ...
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Many comments under my answer

My answer to this question has garnered a gratifying number of up votes, as well as some down votes, and a very long tail of comments, in which people either agree with me enthusiastically (British ...
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Is this question really unclear? [closed]

One of my questions has been closed because "it needs details or clarity." I find the question clear and I think it was closed because some people do not like short questions. But being ...
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Is there a guide for English verb tenses?

My native tongue is Mandarin. In Mandarin, there are no verb tenses. I'm wondering what are some top guides (or books) to refer to if I want to learn about using English verb tenses properly?
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Can I ask for passage reviews in this community?

Does this community allow requests of whole passage reviews? Or should I only ask more specific questions here? If this isn't the right community, is there another community for passage reviews on the ...
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Are "what does this mean: [phrase in particular dialect]?" questions off-topc?

This question came up yesterday, where the OP mentioned that they didn't understand what "assist you with the same" meant — they'd received this in an answer 'in the wild' and didn't ...
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Overuse of 'multiple questions' close reason

I don't believe the purpose of the 'multiple questions' close reason is to close any question that strictly includes more than one question mark. Yet that seems to be the way it is often interpreted. ...
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Are 'research/detail' close votes being used too liberally?

Back in 2017 M.A.R. highlighted a 'pattern' of close votes because of lack of research, detail or context. He suggested this was being done too often, and in cases where a question wouldn't be ...
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Why can't I post questions?

I am getting a notice when I click the "Ask question" button: Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account. See the Help Center to learn more. I just asked 8 questions, ...
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unlocking questions with historical significance

We have a question about "small" and "little" Difference between "little" and "small" It is fairly ancient, however the question seems reasonable. The use of &...
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English textbooks [duplicate]

I am new here. I hope this is the right section to post my question. I am looking for textbooks on grammar. Could you please recommend a good English grammar textbook? Especially on English tenses.
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What's the standard process for getting a closed question reopened again?

If I see a question that's been closed and IMO deserves reopening, what's the intended process for getting it reopened again, both when I think it was wrongly closed, and when it has since been ...
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Why was an edit which adds new points rejected?

https://ell.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/122575 (noun) a social butterfly /queen Two reviewers rejected it with the following reason: This edit was intended to address the author of the ...
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Why was an edit which improves an imprecise point of the original answer rejected? [duplicate]

https://ell.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/122559 Two reviewers rejected it with the following reason: This edit deviates from the original intent of the post. Even edits that must make ...
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Most comprehensive guide for article usage (a/an/the/no article)

I have been trying hard to understand how to use articles correctly. I read several English grammar books but they mostly provide only 5-6 rules for article usage. However, when I try to understand ...
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Research, research, dictionary, dictionary, do OPs need to look up all the dictionaries on the internet?

Recently a native user started to constantly saying at comment line "XXXX dictionary has this entry", "YYYY dictionary has this entry" so on and so forth. I asked this question ...
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(Completed) Should [answers] be a synonym of [responses]?

Should answers be a synonym of responses? The "answers" tag has no tag information, and has been misused to tag questions that are asking for answers (or corrections to answers) for ...
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Book recommendations for English learners

I'm looking for a book that shows in the majority of the chronological learn (if possible) about the English topics. The ideal is explanatory texts over exercises to learn. For example, Basic English ...
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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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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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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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