Questions about the English Language, with the cause for the question found in books read by the Original Poster.

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Notable English grammar rules changes in modern grammar books

Modern English grammar books like English Grammar In Use, first published in 1985, for example, has four editions till now, I am wondering if there are any notable worthy examples of changes in modern ...
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What does this sentence mean in flannery o' connor's short story? [closed]

I was reading 'A good man is hard to find' and I could not understand this: It isn't a soul in this green world of God's that you can trust", She said. "And I don't count nobody out of that, not ...
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Social Paradigm

It is come from the 7 habits of highly effective people book (2004) by Stephen Covey. He have mentioned Character Ethic & Personality Ethic are the examples of social paradigms. (Page 23) I ...
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Crow collects chunks of glass in a hollow tree

So I'm reading "Norwegian Wood" by Haruki Murakami and I came across this passage this line : "Like the way a crow collects chunks of glass in a hollow tree." In context: "Don't be silly," said ...
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Is there a modern book comparable to Crabb's English Synonymes?

EDIT: I am looking for a book to make a study of modern synonyms. @WS2 recommended what appears to be a book of exceptional quality, but it has great depth in a few topic areas rather than a breadth ...
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What are the characters called in a book

In English, we have words for the characters in something/the people acting something. An example would be "The cast of the film was very talented." Would it be right to say "The cast of the book was....
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“For only through assiduous repetition is it possible to redistribute skewed tendencies.” | meaning

To set the quote into context here's an excerpt from Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by H. Murakami. There was little left to do but lean up against a wall and count the change in ...
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What are the connotations of a “foot-washing baptist”? [closed]

In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, the foot-washing baptists seem to be painted by Miss Maudie to be evil and to have a strict adherence to the "cleanliness of the soul." When Scout asks Miss ...
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Past Perfect usage

I'm reading a book and found this odd usage of past perfect tense in a speech of a character: "He never feels as if he knows, neither does he feel as if nothing had happened". My English teacher (not ...
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One translating Problem? [closed]

What Does the following sentence mean? the BIU Fetches a new instruction whenever the queue has room for 2 bytes in the 6-byte 8086 queue, and for 1 byte in 4-byte 8088 queue I thinks it means ...
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“Olórin I was in my youth in the West that is forgotten”: what is forgotten?

Inspired by this question (which in turn was inspired by that one), to what name does "that is forgotten" apply to? Many are my names in many countries: Mithrandir among the Elves, Tharkûn to the ...
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Is there a term for the continuance of the later editions of a book?

Is there a term, or even a designated subgenre, for the continuance by a substitute author of the later editions of a book after the death of the author? Three example of such continuance: "The ...
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What is this word in 19th century dictionary? [closed]

I was reading a passage from P. Austin Nuttall's 1869 book, Dictionary of Scientific Terms, and from what it looks like, in both the PDF and Page images views, the word seems to be pseudostella. ...
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When referring to an author, should I use their pseudonym or their real name? [closed]

When referring to an author, such as in a book report or essay, should I use their pseudonym or their real name when I am speaking about them or their works? Thanks!
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What do we call “easily readable books”?

I just wonder if there is a good expression to refer to an "easily readable book", like a simple short story or pocket book?
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But other things being equal, it is better for society that the girl is educated than that she remain/remains ignorant

I found the following sentence in Neil Stephenson's Diamond Age But other things being equal, it is better for society that the girl is educated than that she remain ignorant. (p. 164 in Google ...
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Book Suggestions and Suggestions in General [duplicate]

3 years ago I used to talk English on a daily basis, because I was in an international school and I used to speak with proper grammar, however, that has changed because now I am not in an environment ...
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Origin and meaning of “chaff before the wind”

I've usually encountered the phrase "chaff before the wind" in the context of the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I would like to know where it originates from historically and what imagery should come ...
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what does “casting a long silver of gold” mean?

so, today I was reading this book and I came across this sentence: "At the very end of the passage, a door stood ajar, and a flickering light shone through the gap, casting a long silver of gold ...
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Great Gatsby - Thesis Statement [closed]

This is my thesis regarding the American Dream's unattainability.I need a fourth point at the end. Can somebody point me in the right direction? In F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," the ...
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Has the English language changed since 1854? [closed]

I've started reading a book named Walden, published in 1854. I am not a native English speaker, I am Persian, and I want to read this book for two reasons: to improve my English and because I think I'...
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I need help with english grammar/conversation? [closed]

I'm a pretty good user of the English language, I can read, write, and converse rather well in english. But I'm not very good with grammar, consequently I began searching for resources on the subject. ...
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A generic term for both books and movies?

I need to know this for an essay I'm doing. I thinks media might work but I'm not really sure. Do you have any suggestions?
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Is there any good book talking about clauses and phrases?

All grammar books I found underplay clauses and phrases; examples they give are simple and easy to understand, but in reality there are lots of long sentences made up of several clauses and phrases ...
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Grammar: What does it really take to be “very good” at it? [closed]

I will try to formulate this question so that it makes sense for a wider audience and suits the style of the QA here. Feel free to suggest changes. I am a non-native English speaker living in the US ...
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What Charles Ingalls was really going to say?

Here is full paragraph: Pa was on top of the walls, stretching the canvas wagon-top over the skeleton roof of saplings. The canvas billowed in the wind, Pa's beard blew wildly and his hair stood ...
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What's the name for this kind of writing? [closed]

I recently 'fell in love' with reading after receiving a book. Now that I've finished reading it, I'm looking for books with that kind of writing. I've Googled for similar books from the same author,...
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correct usage of the single quotation mark? [duplicate]

So I was reading a book one day and I saw this. He gave her the 'Shut up look' is that correct? And, if so why? btw it was not in bold in the book.
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The Appendix in Orwell's 1984 [closed]

After answering a question in SciFi if the Big Brother existed as a real person, I got responses that the last chapter, the Appendix (which can be found here), definitely proves that Oceania ceased to ...
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Word for books of sarcastic type

Is there a a specific word for a book with a sarcastic theme? I am thinking of writing a book on the world of magic of witches and warlocks but in reality it is making fun of their beliefs. For ...
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to give someone until

I'm reading Women by Charles Bukowski and stumbled upon the following dialog: Dee Dee was standing next to me. "Please tell her," she said, "to give me until September." "Forget her," Lydia ...
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Ophthalmic usage in Great Expectations [closed]

In chapter 10 of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, it says: Yet I do not call to mind that I was ever in my earlier youth the subject of remark in our social family circle, but some large-...
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Elven or Elfin? [duplicate]

I am writing a fantasy book and am having trouble with when and how to use words such as "Elfin", "Elven", "Elfish", and "Elvish". I don't understand the difference between using a V or an F. Help?
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What's a word or phrase to describe a good book that I cannot put down when starting reading?

What's a (big) word or phrase to describe a book that is so good that I cannot put down when I start to read it?
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Confusing mealtimes

In "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens, when Pip returns after his meeting with the escaped convict, how come it says that he had dinner right afterwards? Did he skip lunch? Or did his meeting ...
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Can Neither-Or be used?

My friend was reading the book "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green and she found what seems to be a grammar mistake. The following sentence is found in the author's note: Neither novels or ...
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An explanation of the preface in “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

I am currently reading The Picture of Dorian Gray and I'm puzzled over the meaning of a few sentences on the opening page. The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. ...
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Is there a 35th edition of “On Writing Well”?

My English teacher recommended Zinsser's "On Writing Well" as a supplement to my reading of E.B. White's "The Elements of Style". While I know that Zinsser's 30th edition exists, I have come across an ...
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What is a bromide?

I just finished reading Ayn Rand's wonderful Fountainhead, but one point that escaped me was Rand's near-constant use of the word bromide to refer to something disappointing, or a "bummer" in the ...
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“For dragons are fire made flesh, and fire is power.”

This quote is from "A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Two" By George R.R. Martin. This is the full quote: "They shall come day and night to see the wonder that has been born again ...
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A good and exhaustive book for English grammar [closed]

Before marking this post duplicate or voting to get it closed (the reason for which I simply don't get just because it is a grammar forum after all! If I am seeking recommendation for a book that ...
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Is Theodore Roosevelt's writing ungrammatical?

Here is an excerpt from chapter 8 of Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris. Morris quotes some of Roosevelt's writing and calls it ungrammatical. Can you explain what is ungrammatical about the passage? ...
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Book Publication Data Page

In an English-language book, we conventionally have, among the first few pages, a page displaying essential data concerning the book: Library of Congress Cataloguing Data, various credits, publication ...
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Meaning of “Scarce”

I'm reading Time Machine by H. G. Wells. And there is a sentence: "At first I scarce thought of stopping, scarce thought of anything but these new sensations". What does "scarce" mean in this ...
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What does the initial fragment of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mean?

I begun reading Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. This is one of the initial fragments, emphasis mine: This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of ...
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What does “to quorble a stank at” mean?

In the foreword to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, the following sentence occurs: You will find quantum tomfoolery, cosmic belly laughs and more absurd one-liners than you ...
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What do we call the brown-colored paper found in old books?

I want to know what that brown and slightly roughly-textured paper is called, or whether there even is a word for it.
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What's the meaning of 'In easy-to-read type'? [closed]

I have just bought a book: What's the meaning of 'In easy-to-read type'? Does it mean it's not the original version, but a simplified one?
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What is a person if they are described as a “wet hen”?

In Terry Pratchett's Discworld books (Witches Abroad in particular), the character Magrat Garlick is often called a "wet hen" by at least one of her witch colleagues. Web searches only yielded the ...
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The best book/books for self-education [closed]

My level is intermediate or upper-intermediate. I have speaking practice several times per week with native speaker(she is not teacher). I write short essays and my friends help me to check it. I read ...