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The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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Isn't one's interpretation of OP's question appreciated?

It seems to me that some native speakers who are not teachers sometimes fail to understand OP's questions. I'm making reference to this question. Being a teacher, it was clear to me from the ...
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Can we explain English in the native language of the asker?

We know that English is not the native language of the asker. But, at the same time, I wonder how helpful it would be to explain English concepts in English. Understanding English with English words ...
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What should I do if I have another question about an asked question

I had a question about the phrase "tend to" and I found this question which asks about this phrase: meaning of "tend to" But now I have a question about the text example in this question. ...
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“You can be able to…”. vs. “You would/should be able to…” [migrated]

On many online articles/posts, I've seen writer using the sentence "You can be able to...". Is it because the writer is non-English speaker or that use is grammatically correct? An example would be ...
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Do we have any forum on Stack Exchange for queries on Shakespearean English queries?

I am looking forward to ask interpretation on poetry and Shakespeare's drama play's text. Is there any forum to discuss the same. Is ELL Stack Exchange relevant for such questions?
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Any good website for TOEFL preparation?

Looking for a good website for TOEFL preparation. Any recommendation, please? Thanks.
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How can I find partner for English conversation? [duplicate]

I am searching for partner who can speak with me English. I searched websites that match people for learning English, but couldn't find any person. Where I can find partners?
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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What do you think why the English test for non native speakers, TOEFL iBT has become ferociously difficult?

I asked moderators to close this question since the question itself is not about English but rather about a particular test, but basically I agree with the OP's outrage. In 2013, my score was 95, but ...
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How far does one go when copyediting?

I was editing a few questions but was cautious as to how strongly I should correct orthographic mistakes? I went with the strategy of adjusting the endings of individual words to better capture the ...
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Why I have “ You have reached your question limit” if I do not have any question bad in my account here?

I do not know really because I have You have reached your question limit does not have any vote closed? because I have this: You have reached your question limit if I do not have question bad?
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Morphological dictionary

I was wondering whether you knew of an online dictionary where you could find a word and other words derived from it. Like, for instance, "passion", "passionate" "passionately" etc.
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Can you offer me English translators, dictionaries to use in my PC? [duplicate]

I seek dictionary or translator can be used offline
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How are answers with no votes sorted?

When I was viewing a question: How can I introduce (or name) a person my answer was above the other answer even though they both have 0 votes. I sorted it by votes. My answer is above the other ...
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What to do with [untagged] questions that are off topic?

So as far as I know the untagged tag is automatically added to migrated questions as they have no tags. If this tag is left on a question I could be confusing. When I was searching the tag I found a ...
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What is the use for code formatting? [duplicate]

So in the tool bar (that’s what I like to call it), the bar that appears when you edit/ask a question or answer: (sorry for my terrible handwriting) So after thinking about it I can’t see any use for ...
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Handle duplicate questions from English stackexchange

I noticed quite a few questions asked in English Language Learners have got answers in English stackexchange. Some examples are, 1a) 'Did see' and 'Saw' 1b) What's the difference between "...
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English course for support position?

I'm looking to improve my English skills as a support person working for an IT company through live chat, can you recommend a series of videos or a youtube channel that can help me with that? All I ...
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When should I upvote?

Question: Should we upvote when "This is neat. It answers my confusion!" or when "I am an expert at this. I knew this answer is right. And I upvote it as an endorsement"?
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Why didn't [word-family] tag exist before?

The tag word-family hasn't existed before. As I think it knowing it is important for a learner, I wonder if there is a specific reason that it didn't exist. It even has its own Wikipedia page.
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Suggestion for helping ELLers in general and their questions

It occurred to me that when we edit questions for punctuation or use of capitals or lower-case letters, and also make minor usage corrections (prepositions or verb tense), it might be useful to put ...
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Where is the border between good and offtopic question?

What is difference between my question For all times or for all ages? and for example this one: "Could you please help me" vs "Could you help me please" I understand, that ...
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English Language Learners' updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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Criticism should be constructive, not destructive

A word/phrase for "voice change" Every piece of opinion is respected. And more importantly they should be respectful. Lambie's comment as it first appeared, if memory serves, was "Your ...
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Rules about proofreading essays (IELTS etc.)

Can I ask about the grammatical mistakes in a paragraph? For example, I have written an IELTS Task. Is it ok to ask for the correction?
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Are there any usable prosody tools for English sentences?

Below is an example of what I mean. Is there something similar to this but for English? This is a Japanese prosody tools developed by labs at The University of Tokyo. You can try inserting this ...
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An OP repeats his/her question after acknowledging an answer

I have noticed users repeating their questions after acknowledging an answer by posting a comment (that can range from agreeing to just neutral-type commenting). The comment repeats almost to a T ...
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Use of ampersand symbol “&” instead of “and”

I've observed lately the overuse of the ampersand symbol "&" in some posts replacing the word "and". Including some replacements in quoted texts that originally do not use "&". I think that ...
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Comments are constantly disappearing

Why are comments constantly being deleted? Sometimes I write a comment and someone has deleted it less than an hour later. I think people are going overboard with the comment deleting. I don't really ...
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Why don't my comments get answered?

Sometimes when I ask questions, I add a lot of details (and so the post gets lengthy). My questions are usually specific and context based and hence they don't receive a lot of answers. With only very ...
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Why is it that changing a question doesn't affect existing close votes in the slightest way?

I am writing this Meta question as a question I posted on ELL today is currently sitting on four close-votes, precariously on the cusp of being closed. The reason people cite for their votes, I gather,...
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Contributor's Guide to English Language Learners

I thought it would be nice if we had a community maintained guide to ELL written in easy to understand language and arranged to make the most important things to know easy to find. The help center has ...
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Can I ask a question for the second time?

I asked a question in ELL and got one detailed answer that I accepted. But later I realized I still have queries and that answer raised further questions in my mind. Also, my original question remains ...
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Closing a question while someone is preparing an answer

This may be related to 'Stop answering close-worthy questions!', but I think it is sufficiently different to be asked separately. A few times I have researched and answered a question, but when I go ...
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Listen and answer [duplicate]

Listen to Neighbours - 001 - Cut by Sukhjinder Singh #np on #SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/sukhjinder-singh-626913618/neighbours-001-cut This is a link to an audio. I wanna know what the guy ...
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A problem hearing audio [duplicate]

I have a audio from an Australian TV show. I am unable to understand a line in it. Is there any forum where I can upload the audio and someone can listen to it and answer that. The guy was dreaming ...
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Closure of question with answer in comment

Referring to Unable to understand a spoken word This was mod-closed without voting. The closure reason was "off-topic" with an explanation from the mod that "the mystery phrase has been correctly ...
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Why don't moderators follow their own rules they impose us?

I am curious about this question. According to Meta guidebook, and and according to the new CoC, Comments should be The comments there do not belong to the new CoC ( At least, the first commenter ...
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Should the following question be moved to ELU?

As far as I know, etymology has never been on-topic on ELL. This recent question asks about the origin of a term and uses, to my surprise, the tag “etymology”. Unsurprisingly, a high rep user ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

English Language Learners' third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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Is there a way to improve an edit after I have approved it?

I just approved an edit, but upon revisiting the post, I saw some other things I wish I had improved upon. Since "approve and improve" is a review option, can I make improvements without having to ...
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How should we review format edits?

I am feeling increasingly iffy about where the line should be drawn with regard to certain edits on formatting. For example, this edit struck me as sensible because the editor @Maryam highlighted the ...
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Why the heck do you keep removing my comments telling askers to look things up

Let's see, Exhibit A: How to address a woman in a letter? When writing a letter or an e-mail to a man I know the (sur-)name of ("Smith"), I would write: Dear Mr. Smith, What should I use ...
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Are thanks for the answers unnecessary?

I always wrote "Thank you for your answer" for the answers in the comment section, but sometimes they were deleted. Is something like that unnecessary?
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Fixing question titles beginning with “How to”

The topic of correcting grammar in a question has come up before, and there doesn't seem to be a clear consensus. Some argue that it's better to leave things how they are, to give an accurate ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 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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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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I got a review ban that I don't quite understand

I recently obtained the review privilege on low quality posts and suggested edits. While still learning the ropes, I try to be as careful as possible. Today I found out I can't review any more. The ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

ELL Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election starting next week, July 9th. In connection with that election, as we've done in previous elections, we will be hosting a Q&A here for candidates. ...
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The “Scope” of ELL [closed]

Now, let's see, my last question, was closed as off-topic. (Although the word is translated in my native language, in the image below, I did not want to look at it because I wanted to understand what ...