GrammarFilter: Present Perfect Passive Progressive. Real or a myth? [more inside]
When did the excessive use of "like" become a part of the American lexicon? [more inside]
I want to expand my collection of accents. What movies should I watch? I'm especially interested in regional American, UK and Irish accents, but hearing non-native English speakers is helpful as well.
Will a master's degree in English be useful to someone who wants to be a librarian? [more inside]
What novel, published in the last five years, will keep my interest and be not-too-overly-verbose as to make my job harder (I have to write a paper discussing it's literary merits)? [more inside]
What's the proper use of the phrase "what would seem to be"? [more inside]
From a short story by Roald Dahl. "Sir Basil was there before me,and Jelks was serving him with grilled kidneys and bacon and fried tomatoes."-Neck- My question is about this kidneys.In the nineteenth and twentyth century,the wealthy people would have a breakfast like that?If so,what animal's kidney did they used to have?And they don't have it for breakfast now,don't they?Or Dahl says about something else,such as kidney beans?
Is there an open source (or free for non-commercial use) list of English (Either RP or Standard American) IPA transcriptions available somewhere? Example: car: /ˈkɑː/, cat: /kæt/.
Why do we precede acronyms starting with the letter U with 'a' instead of 'an', e.g. "a USB key" or "a UFO"? Acronyms starting with a consonant are frequently preceded by "an" because consonants' names have a different spelling than the letters themselves, e.g. M as em and H as aitch, therefore "an HIV outbreak" or "an MRI". However, U's name is spelled u, and acronyms that start with other vowels are preceded by 'an', e.g. "an ABC license". What's the deal?
I Need to take and pass PRAXIS I asap. I looked at the sample questions on ETS website. My strongest area is math followed by reading. On the writing section, I feel I can do well on the essay as it seems natural to me but the technical terms used for grammar, etc, get me lost. So i am looking for advice to study all three parts, especially the technical English stuff. Should I buy the books from ETS? Are there better options? Thanks!
My girlfriend is thinking about moving to America. She's not a native English speaker; what programs in NYC are available? Which ones are reputable? [more inside]
Lexicographicofilter: Have you seen the word "douchebag" used with a class-specific meaning, for example, to refer to preppies specifically? [more inside]
Why do little kids pronounce "r" as "w"? [more inside]
How difficult is it to get a job teaching English in Asia as an American-born Asian? [more inside]
Regional variations on "you're welcome"? [more inside]
how can I improve my english speaking to the next level ? [more inside]
GrammarFilter: Is the phrase "I will trade you.." often misused, or is it a perfectly valid usage that drives me crazy? [more inside]
Can I use "Me either" in place of "Me too" in response to this statement..."I can't wait to see you!"? Please explain.
Celebrating a golden wedding anniversary next month - photobook in production - your favourite quotations, poetry and passages (in English, Welsh and French) please! [more inside]
Baby Names for a girl and a boy? I'm pregnant with twins! Yay! Except that after months of fearing for the worst, we're nearing the end of the second trimester and we have no names ready. Help! [more inside]
Can someone give me a primer on translating the British terms for wall / house paint into their American equivalents? [more inside]
Yet Another English Grammar Question: Which is correct? Based on my facial expression right now, you would think I [were/was] excited. The former sounds wrong, but reading about subjunctive moods makes me think it's right. Does it matter whether I intend to imply that I was not in fact excited?
Is English much more difficult than most languages to speak and to write? [more inside]
What are some decent-paying jobs for someone who has B.A. degrees in English and in Psychology, and a lot of unofficial and very specialized technical knowledge but no "official" (i.e. paid) experience with such? [more inside]
Is there a word for a person who has been subpoenaed? If two people are subpoenaed, they are called co-...? They're not co-defendants. Is there an equivalent?
I go to a small Liberal Arts school in Pennsylvania, and part of the graduation requirements involve writing a substantial Senior Composition, basically a baby thesis (Original research requirements, rigorous, etc.) I'm double-majoring in Physics and English, and I'd love to be able to combine both of these subjects into one comprehensive paper, especially because if i can't, I have to write two separate ones. [more inside]
Does "creepy" have specific meaning? [more inside]
Adjective-Filter! What's a good adjective to describe someone who is not wearing a suit coat? [more inside]
Where can I publish some old literary crit essays that are burning a hole in my pocket? [more inside]
GrammarFilter: A friend and I have been discussing this construction: "would have had to go" vs. "would have had to have gone." It seems they are both correct and are almost always interchangeable, so it would seem the former, simpler version is preferable. Thoughts, explanations, examples otherwise? Are they both correct? [more inside]
What are the best online or print resources in English language about lifestyle and individuality of soshoku-danshi (grass-eating/herbivore men)? Not looking for news articles, thanks!
Tell me everything you know about this sentence construction: "Are you finished your lunch?" [more inside]
What does English sound like if you don't speak it? [more inside]
[EnglishFilter]: "Butcher knife" or "Butcher's knife?" [more inside]
Looking for good books/resources about the 17th century Anglo-Dutch maritime wars. For a project I'm doing, I'd like to get more historical detail about what the Dutch call the English Wars and what the English call the Dutch wars. While I am interested in the specific facts, I'm more interested in getting a sense of time and place, both for those who were at sea and for those at home in the two countries. Do you know any fascinating books (non-fiction or historical fiction) that reference these events?
You are a paid writer/screenwriter/columnist/blogger. What can you tell me about how to best break into this profession? [more inside]
Where can I find some movies or tv shows that are spoken in Spanish with English subtitles? [more inside]
Grammarians: Is it OK to take liberties with the word "win" when publicizing a contest or draw? [more inside]
Please hope me with this seemingly-basic English grammar/spelling question! Which is correct: "long-sleeve t-shirt" or "long-sleeved t-shirt"? Is there supposed to be a hyphen between "long" and "sleeve(d)? [more inside]
I am looking for any publicly-available staff-and-dependents records for the British Consulate in Los Angeles, specifically for the period 1965 to 1966. I have some info. [more inside]
Is there a good adverbial form of the word 'smellable'? [more inside]
I'm dealing with English/Chinese bilingual documents in OpenOffice, 100+ page ones, and I need to get all the Chinese characters out and into another document. I'm either looking at 2-3 hours of deleting, cutting, and pasting, or maybe there's a shortcut? [more inside]
硬背. Please translate this into English for me. [more inside]
I am giving a English class to a group of Argentinian 8-12 year olds in a few hours, I'm looking for fun games I can play with them. [more inside]
In need of Finglish (Farsi) translation. Original text inside. [more inside]
I've fallen in love with a certain older British character actor and want to write his biography...where do I begin? [more inside]
"I Haven't Had So Much Fun Since the Pigs Ate My Brother." Aside from this post, what year and where was the first time you heard this phrase? [more inside]