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Answerer to OP: “No one will ever say this.” I comment: “Can you provide a source to substantiate that claim?” Answerer: “I am a Native speaker.”

Questions: What should I do? How should I react? What did I do wrong? What just happened? Should I stop asking for sources? I don't know how to deal with such situations. I mean no harm to anyone. ...
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I am not sure how I should go about asking a question about coarse language

I have read through these two related discussions, but I am still worried about the reaction of some site users, and frankly potential downvotes simply due to the existence of expletives in my planned ...
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I am resigning as moderator

I have been trying to write this post for weeks. This is not the magnum opus that I hoped it would be, but it will have to suffice. I have resigned as moderator of English Language Learners effective ...
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When the Chips Are Down

Maybe you have been aware of the Monica problem on the Stack Exchange, or maybe you have been blissfully unaware of the bubbling brouhaha. My version of the events goes like this: the Stack Exchange ...
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Looking for a dictionary with standard American English example for foreign learners

Here is the thing. As a foreign learner, for example, when I look up sticker, I also need to learn common usage and scenario for it. This is what I mean standard examples. Is there a specific verb for ...
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Don't use correct grammar topic

It's my first question about my English, I usually use basic world and structure for ask some technique question for other stackoverflown users but i never can use true structure or grammar. I ...
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How can I improve my downvoted answers?

I asked a question here in Meta. I wanted to know if I could offer a bounty and ask ELL users to help me improve my downvoted answers or understand why they are wrong. That probably wasn't a good idea ...
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Can I offer a bounty to get ELL users to write an answer explaining why my “downvoted answers” (will be linked) are wrong and how I can improve them?

So I come here everyday, like many of you, to learn and improve. I don't just ask questions, I take the time to answer some too from time to time. I also contribute to the community by commenting, ...
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Software to check pronunciation automatically?

As a non-native English learner, I wonder if there is some software that can check the pronunciation automatically: a user speaks into it, and the program reports some type of assessment, like “you ...
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Sentence structure grammar books

Could you advice to me literature to classify correct English sentences structure? Russian grammar book provides incorrect names of grammatical structures hence I'm confusing to find a little more ...
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Why was my question deleted?

https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/228720/what-are-subject-pronouns-and-how-are-they-used Did I not follow some rule?
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Too much intervention by moderators creates subtle but a big problem

I am referring to this edit. The OP is almost entirely erasing the content, and changed the first title to a completely new question. (At least it seems to me.) I think the mod tried to salvage the ...
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I comment “What do you think and why?” to a question “Is this correct?” - and someone posts an answer “No - this is incorrect because . . .”

I have a genuine problem and I am quite upset. I have encountered many questions that are of the following type: (a) Is this correct? (b) Which is correct and why? (c) Please help correct this. ...
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Resources for OCR / transcription errors

I just closevoted a question asking about the meaning of the highlighted "word" in parents seeking to secure a good Mure for their children. As a native speaker (with poor eyesight! :) I could ...
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Is there a personal search bar option (to look for a specific question in a particular user's account)? If not, can we have one?

I was trying to find an answer (posted by a user) to a question of mine that I had asked a long time ago. For some reason, I couldn't even remember what the question was. I wanted to look at a ...
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Answer deleted?

I posted a short -- but not too short -- answer to Narrow streets behind houses but it almost instantly disappeared. Can you tell me why?
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Why is transcription requests prohibited here considering an another user's request gets 6 uvpotes?

Since in order to be able to speak English fluently, we need to be able to hear what the native speakers are saying. So why don't you allow the transcription requests as the proposal by an another ...
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Can we ask question regarding the song lyrics?

Hello my fellow ELLians, I am wondering if it is a good idea to ask questions regarding the song lyrics? I mean I've noticed that the songs' lyrics sometimes are, from the grammar point of view, in ...
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How to handle Stale questions with both close votes and bounty?

An old question was brought to my attention. I encountered a question in the "Close Votes" queue. I responded this way: Welcome to ELL! Please share what research you have already done, and what ...
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Can I post the same answer on a duplicate question?

Warning! Blatant self-promotion ahead! I posted this answer: https://ell.stackexchange.com/a/225606/9936, and the question was since marked as a duplicate. My answer has been well received and I feel ...
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How to handle inaccurate comments

In this question thread a user has declared that "sliver" is "not a word". This is simply incorrect, as a simple dictionary lookup will show. Is ther any prefered way to handle such provably ...
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REQUEST: Posting a supplementary audio clip

(PLEASE UPVOTE IF YOU BELIEVE THE FEATURE REQUEST WOULD BENEFIT ELL) Do you know what would be really cool? The possibility of recording our speech and posting it online, without leaving the ELL site....
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Whats the name of this website I need to find some statistics about the use of help to

I would like to know where can I find statistics like the one on the picture. It comes from this answer.
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What sites and resources can I search before asking here?

Right now I have https://translate.google.ru as the only one instrument for translation. After getting no results from it for translation I don't know where to go and ELL is the only place that come ...
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Tags for “countable-nouns”, “uncountable-nouns” and “countability”

Is there something that should be done to unify the following tags, or is it intentional that they are separate this way? countable-nouns uncountable-nouns countability It seems that a typical ...
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Why don't mods delete this comment?

I flagged this comment in Japanese because the comment is written in Japanese, but no moderators deleted so far. Isn't this against the answers to this question? Or is it because the writer is a mod ...
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demand on research or context for a question

Recently, I have had several posts put on hold because they "lack research or context." However, there are plenty other posts that don't include any research or context at all, but they remain as they ...
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A reference for “many sentences with meaning”

For English words, there are dictionaries that help us to understand them. But for English sentences what we can do? I am searching for a site(or book or pdf) that has a large number of sentences ...
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Cite your sources!

I've noticed something recently on this site. It's a weird thing, but it appears to be becoming common. Answers are seen as only being reliable if they have a source. This isn't the case where ...
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How to provide context If something randomly comes into your mind?

So I had asked a question and it was put on hold because there was not enough context. What is the difference in these two sentenses? So if you are writing a letter and you are confused between ...
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ELL's Greatest Hits Page

I saw the Stack Exchange's Greatest Hits blog post linked on EL&U's meta, and found that ELL has a "greatest hits" page. This page links the most frequently found questions on ELL by people ...
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Should “How To Ask” be updated to emphasize a need for context

Quite often, both here and in ELU, questions of interpretation lack sufficient context to provide an answer. Should the How-to-Ask page be updated to point out that when asking about interpretation of ...
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Someone is deleting my comments

... for no other reason than that they are mine, or so it seems. I must have offended them. This makes it pointless to go on contributing, so if it's actually a technical problem, please let me know.
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Isn't it reasonable to assume English learners intuitively understand colloquialism and wordplay?

I refer to my recent answer: Can I say "I Java", or does it have to be "I do Java"? The question is simple: Given that English speakers often google things, is it reasonable to ...
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Why is this particular stackexchange site so cut-throat?

Is there a particular reason this particular stackexchange site is so brutal to its contributors? It's almost at StackOverflow levels of hostility. Is it perhaps intercultural mismatches in ...
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About mods' removing comments so that (it seems to me) nothing inconvenient for mods remains

I made a question. It's up to the readers if I saw an answer had come before the mod deleted the post itself. And the mod noticed the answer afterward and reopened it. I said as you can see at the ...
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What are some books and materials that are considered best or really good for English learners?

I have been learning English ever since I visited United States for the first time when I was 15, and since high school, the desire for perfect acquisition and integration of English language skill ...
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Where do I find the questions I've favorited on this forum?

I always favorite questions on English Learners to see other people's answers after the fact, but I can't find a tab or anything that I could click on and show me all the questions I've marked as ...
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What are list of the words describing pecuilar characteristic of animals and birds in English language?

I am looking for the list of the words which describes various peculiarity of animals or birds. E.g. A wise Owl. We say this because we always associate Owl in stories, cartoon, movies etc. as wise. ...
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“Unified” answers

A user with almost 20k reputation has edited all the answers of "You are your self first supporter", a more proper way to say it to have "consistent" numbering amongst the answers. This ...
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Which is “the ultimate” reference for the English language? Is there any “ultimate” reference?

We know that is at least welcome to provide a reason (and preferably some reference) when providing an answer. I am glad that we are not Nazis about this, and a strict format is not required. I found ...
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“World-wide” English or “new v2.0 English”?

I just found out that there are 2 flavors of English, considering the moment of their "definition": the "normal" English, which everybody knows and uses and explained in the vast majority of (grammar)...
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How to handle questions if answers can be found in a grammar book as “basic” knowledge

It is the obvious thing to flag a question like: What is the meaning of "white"? as being off-topic (answer to be found in a dictionary). What about questions like the following: How to use "...
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Know of an interesting question or answer that Stack Exchange should tweet about?

Moderators have been asked to nominate content from any Stack Exchange site to be tweeted about from the Stack Exchange Twitter account. We want to use the Twitter account to draw attention to a ...
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How do I contact users privately?

I'd like to know whether it is possible for a regular user such as myself to contact other users privately on this forum.
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How do I privately contact the moderators?

The answers to this earlier question about contacting moderators essentially say flag one of your posts and ask them to create a private room for you. But my current position isn't exactly that. I ...
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Are you guys for real?

I posted a question I had (Suck er vs suck-up right here.) and you guys put the question on hold as off-topic just because it had the word "sucker". Why is everyone so offended on this forum? I asked ...
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Changes to the Hot Network Questions List

Updating the Hot Network Questions List - now with a bit more network and a little less "hotness"! There are some very nice new features around the HNQ list. I’m not going to repeat the ...
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Flagging the answers posted as comments

While using ELL (and other sites), I noticed that there is a lot of abuse - answers are posted as comments. And usually, it is not done by people with low reputation, which is even worse. I already ...
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Q: What's a word that describes … ? Are they asking for an Adjective or Noun?

Consider the following question (invented by me by way of example): Question: What is a word describing a person who is very, very clever? Answer1: A genius Answer2: brilliant Clearly ...