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Questions on the usage of English during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603). Nowadays most often encountered in the works of William Shakespeare.
Use it for questions asking about assimilation. Assimilation is a process which makes nearby sounds similar to each other, for instance, 'what you' being pronounced 'whatcha' etc.
(Also called the Impersonal Passive) for questions about passive reporting verbs such as: ‘said’, ‘believe’, ‘claimed’, ‘hoped’, ‘thought’, etc.
For questions about phrases or clauses acting as a sentence even though they are not grammatically complete or independent. For example, "Superman to the rescue!" or "The more often, the better."
A conjunction, preposition, phrase, or clause describing a state of affairs that might have been expected to rule out what is described in the main clause but in fact does not: "Although" in the sente…
Diacritical marks are glyphs added to a letter, present in many languages, that have different uses.
For questions about dropping a subject pronoun in informal speech. Sometimes called "conversational deletion" or "dairy drop" because it is often used when writing diaries. For example, "Haven't heard…
Verbs of motion whose meaning is relative to the speaker or listener in a given context: 'come' and 'go' as well as their causative counterparts 'bring' and 'take'. Seemingly simple but quite complex,…
For questions relating to domain specific words that are not used outside of a narrow field, industry, or context.
For grammatical features that are normal in obituaries, but not normal in other kinds of speech or writing. Obituaries are brief formal biographies of people who have recently died.
A figure of speech used for direct comparison, and may include phrases like "as", "as...as" or "like".
For questions about the situation where elements in a sentence that have been moved closer to the beginning of the sentence than they would normally appear. For example, "confused I am" in "She said I…
Prosody is the rhythm, stress, and intonation of speech.
A word or phrase of farewell used to end a letter or message
An auto-antonym is a word with two meanings that are antonyms, i.e. they have opposite meanings. Use this tag for questions about which of the two meanings a word has in a given context.
An impersonal verb is a verb used only with a formal subject, and expressing an action that is not attributed to a specific subject.
for questions where disagreement exists among different respected authorities about what is the right answer. Different fluent speakers disagree about what is correct formal usage; for exa…
for questions about subject pronouns (I, you, he, she, it, we, they), first person, second person, third person.
For questions about pronouncing words with a type of sound created by blocking airflow in the vocal tract. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨ʔ⟩
For questions about the substitution of a word referring to an attribute for the thing that is meant, as for example the use of "the crown" to refer to a monarch. Compare synecdoche.
A plurale tantum (Latin for "plural only") is a noun that appears only in the plural form and does not have a singular variant for referring to a single object, such as “pants” or “scissors”.