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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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Why do ELL posts need to be edited before reversing a downvote to an upvote?

I mistakenly downvoted a question and would like to change it to upvote. However, the ELL system requires the edit first before changing. Why and for what purpose? Anytime I try to change from ...
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Asking for Bibliography about infinitive or ING

I would dare to ask for bibliography (books or sites, etc) about a kind of dictionary on verbs construction. I mean, whether they should be constructed with to + infinitive, or with ing, or to + ing, ...
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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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Why can't we accept our own answers within 2 days?

I self-answered my question How to make this hypothesis in a negative form? Now I want to accept it, but it says that I should wait for 2 more days before I can. Why can't I just accept my answer on ...
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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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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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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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What really is the real impact?

On my profile page, there is an IMPACT block. It says "X number of people reached". But when you hover over it, the tooltip says "estimated number of times people viewed ..." Soooo,...
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Can we update link coloring on ELL to make linked text more easily readable?

Loving the look of the site now that we've "graduated" out of beta! In my professional life, I've become more engaged in designing for readability, and found that the WCAG contrast standards ...
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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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Is there a way to talk privately to a moderator?

A situation has come to my attention that I feel needs moderator intervention. Drawing attention to the situation might make it worse, so I would like to speak privately to a moderator. Is the some ...
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Where's My Answer?

Last night I wrote an answer to a question that had a 300 Bounty on it for five more days. The person said, "I still want a satisfactory answer." Tonight I can no longer find the Bounty or ...
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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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Why do some tags have 'tag badges' while others don't?

I've noticed that some tags such as meaning, meaning-in-context, prepositions, verbs etc., have tag badges. For example, StoneyB has both the 'Meaning' gold badge and the 'Meaning-in-context' gold ...
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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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Does a rejected suggested edit affect the reputation of the reviewer?

If a user submits a suggested edit, for example from the First Posts or Late Answers, and their edit is not accepted, does that affect their reputation? In what way?
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What is to be done when some user suggests edits that are necessary but isn't what OP provided info for?

So I believe I did a mistake today. There were four suggested edits pending when I came in here today. So naturally I thought of looking into them. This was the very first question that came in. The ...
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Why is the red dot still present if there is nothing to review?

I am seeing this red dot beside Low Quality Posts, but when I click it, there is nothing inside to review. So why is it showing? Am I yet not eligible to review low quality posts fully?
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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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What does “edit removed during grace period” mean?

This question is showing an edit done almost an hour later. However when I clicked on the revision history, I got this: What does this line mean? Rather, I want to know when it is shown? Also, what ...
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My question reached “10k views” but I haven't earned Famous Question badge yet

I noticed yesterday that one of my questions (Why is “iron” pronounced “EYE-URN” but not “EYE-RUN”?) reached 10k views but I haven't earned the "famous question" badge yet. I thought I would ...
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How many edits is “too many pending edits”?

I was about to submit an edit on a question, when I got this: I do not remember how many edits I did in the whole day, and how many of them are yet pending. So I would like to know when do we get ...
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Why are the deleted answers to a post shown “modified” and prompted at the top?

This is commonly seen that when someone with 1 reputation point writes an all promotion answer, they get almost a dozen downvotes and then the answer gets deleted, either by a moderator, high-rep user ...
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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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What is the reputation limit upto which an user has the “new contributor” tag under their name?

Today I saw a question which had one answer. The answerer/user/contributor has 816 reputation points. However, the New Contributor is still visible under his name. How is this working? I mean some ...
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Why are these questions highlighted?

Why are the following questions highlighted? Is this a new update? I've never seen it before. Only two of the questions are highlighted. Links: Why does "elite" rhyme with "beet" ...
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What does “became hot network question” mean?

While checking my question's history (for the first time as I remember), I clicked the tiny clock like symbol beside the vote signs on my question and saw 16 hours ago history became hot network ...
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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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Why are the tags not visible as they are inputed?

Just a couple of days ago I was editing a post which needed some formatting and re-tags. So I deleted the tag difference and inserted word-difference to be more clear and specific. Well, I tried to ...
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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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