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How can I write a better title for my ELL question?

1 Introduction Titles give a first impression of your post. Good titles bring positive attention to your question, and you will get it answered sooner; more upvotes will follow etc. Bad titles don't ...
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How can I write a better title for my ELL question?

Quick Reference Card for Writing Good Titles (summarized from the more detailed answer) Put words from other sources in "quotation marks" between thumb, forefinger and middle finger - why ...
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Am I right? No, you're wrong!

The problem is a real one; but I don't much care for the proposed solution. It requires additional effort on the part of users who in many cases struggle to express themselves once. It separates ...
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Can I write this? Can I say this? Can I speak like this? and e.t.c

That's being awfully pedantic in the face of someone seeking help regarding the proper use of English. If someone says, "Can I write {x}?", you can safely assume they mean "Is it proper to…" ...
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Genocidal questions

Interestingly, I do not consider myself prone to genocide (I'm not a fan, not even in a mild way) and yet, I can think of people that I would love to see removed from the society I live in. I think ...
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Is it a bad luck when an English learner (when they are learning) does not feel supported by native speaker?

I have addressed this in my Details, please post. I can understand how a learner might feel frustrated by a question like that, but that frustration goes both ways. When we see a question for ...
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Why don't people point out secondary question language issues within their answers?

I am not at all unsympathetic to the opinion you express; as our SE Commissar Robert Cartaino put it before the site even entered public Beta, ‘What better way is there to learn English than to have ...
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Why are most of my questions marked as "off topic"?

Let's take a look at the following question: What is the meaning of "will fulfill a prophecy by bringing balance to the Force"? Here's the content of your question, formatted slightly to ...
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How to ask an English learner to clarify a question without knowing their current grasp of English?

A question of great complexity. My take, from experience of teaching, is simply this: Firstly, phrase your comment in a manner that doesn't cause a loss of face. In cultures where face is important, ...
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Rules about proofreading essays (IELTS etc.)

Yes and no. You cannot paste a paragraph you have written, and ask the community to identify the mistakes. That is called "proofreading", and it is expressly off-topic. So, you could not ask ...
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Is it ok ask for translation words?

We are not a translation service... There are thousands of translation dictionaries out there that will do word-for-word translations for you. We are not going to become another one. Any question like ...
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Is checking sentences here acceptable?

No . . . Yes . . . Well, it just can't be answered in one word. Dang it! Proofreading questions are off-topic on ELL; unless you "provide a source of concern". For example, this: Is my sentence ...
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What should I do if I have another question about an asked question

If you are asking the person that wrote the text for clarification about what they said, it probably should be a comment. If you are asking about the English of the text, or about a “rule” that ...
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Requests for native speakers to answer questions

My answer could be repetitious but I also want to show my opposition toward addressing native speakers in a question, It is read like an offense to a non-native speaker who can answer the question. ...
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Am I right? No, you're wrong!

Are they suitable for the site? Yeah. But here's the thing. Firstly, I've always been a little bit hesitant to suggest that questions are a poor fit based solely on the answers that they would ...
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Asking questions about British English expressions and meaning

As J.R. says, such questions would be perfectly acceptable here, provided they're not the sort of thing that can be answered by simply consulting a dictionary. However, I believe they would be just ...
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Is it a bad luck when an English learner (when they are learning) does not feel supported by native speaker?

I know that learning a new language can be very frustrating. ELL is meant to be a resource for you as you continue to learn English and encounter things that you can't find the answer to. That is the ...
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Rules about proofreading essays (IELTS etc.)

The help center topic "What topics can I ask about here?" explains that Proofreading (for example, "Are there any mistakes?" or "Is this correct?"), unless a source of concern is clearly specified ...
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Screenshots in questions -- What should we do to discourage such behavior?

Screenshots are unacceptable. It causes problems for people who cannot see images (e.g. because they are blind or have bandwidth constraints). We could fix this by setting appropriate alt text on the ...
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How can I write a better title for my ELL question?

Avoid putting something critical to your question in the title of the question unless you add it to the body of the question as well. In other words, make sure that someone can read your whole ...
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Asking questions about British English expressions and meaning

I would say it was acceptable. The main criterion for a good question is one that helps people learn the English language. It doesn't matter what the questioner's native language is. Idioms and ...
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To move my question to English Language & Usage

Done You can find it here: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/538314/is-it-ok-to-use-otherwise-after-where Thanks for the request! Also as a general reminder this is the right way to do it if ...
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Why can't I post questions?

You actually asked 10 questions; 2 of them were deleted (you can find them here - that link only works for you and for ♦ moderators). At some point in the past, you have received a warning when asking ...
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Why don't people point out secondary question language issues within their answers?

I think there may be some fundamental big-picture misunderstandings here about what Stack Exchange is, what it isn't, and how it works. To some extent this is unavoidable. My best advice for new ...
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there is a "bad question" on ELL I'm wondering why It's bad

If you look at the tooltip for the up-vote button, the guidance says things like "useful and clear" and "shows research effort" and everyone has a little different idea of what that means. Some folks ...
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Could somebody explain how to get the Curious, Inquisitive and Socratic badges?

To earn the Curious badge you must: Ask a well-received question on 5 separate days, and maintain a positive question record You would need to ask at least 5 questions to earn this badge, each on ...
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What should be done if a question is better written, and gets better answers, than a mostly duplicate question?

Quoting former Community Manager @Shog9: If the new question is a better quality question or has better answers, then vote to close the old one as a duplicate of the new one. (source)
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Is it a bad luck when an English learner (when they are learning) does not feel supported by native speaker?

I'm a non native speaker and I felt exactly same months back. But then, there's a point I learned. As a learner, we make all efforts in learning the language. Native speakers simply make us 'remind' ...
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Is it ok to ask for word suggestions by a native english speaker?

I like answering those sorts of questions, because I enjoy finding a word that precisely expresses my meaning. Just be sure to give a detailed description of what you're trying to say, including ...
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