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What do you call somebody who has a profession of answering questions in an on-line question-answer site such as StackExchange?

How would you present your employment if you are working for a question and answer website like StackExchange (employer) and your job is to answer questions in a specific subject like Physics?
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References to deceased persons

Having dealt recently with materials translated from Hebrew, I noticed that references to deceased individuals throughout the materials were made with the usage of the letters "ZL" after the person's ...
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“With what […]?” or “What […] with?”

Making a comparison with Who/Whom I now have a question about the use of what with prepositions in questions. I'll explain by example: These two sentences are correct, one is more formal than the ...
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Need help on Schedule Service [on hold]

I just want to book a Car service schedule though phone, I just need an example of how to ask it?
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How should a question ending in a statement be punctuated, as ending it in a question mark seems a little off?

As in the above example, the statement qualifying the question makes the punctuation seem ill-fitting... Another example: Will you be able to make a decision on this, as it’s getting on to a year ...
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Is there a word for a 'person who likes bubbles'?

I have a question about bubbles and the people who are particularly fond of them. Would someone please help me find a word for such people? Thank you.
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Grammatical Consistency for Book Text

I recently came across text from a book a good friend of mine was tasked with proofreading. The book, a translation, which detailed the past exploits of a military division (whose members the author ...
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Reporting a questions in past tense where the wh- clause replaces the subject

How do I report this question or any question with such form (as described in the title) in past tense like the sentence bellow : Question : Who did that? Reported form : He asked ??????
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‘Your dream’ vs. ‘your dream in life’

I have been asked to answer the following two, separate, questions: What is your dream? What is your dream in life? I am confused by this, because they look almost identical to me, and I cannot ...
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Is the question form of a statement truly implicit?

We have statements, and we have questions. A request made in the form of a statement has a question equivalent. But is that question equivalent implicit, or is it simply a rewording of the statement ...
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When not to reorder words in question? [closed]

I'm not sure whether this sentence, 'Why she leaves me...' is grammatically right or not. My personal opinion is it's not right but it's acceptable, isn't it? So, when this kind of sentence is ...
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Question using this structure “Since … is …, could we …?”

I want to give a fact and then make a question. like this: Since this info is important for investigation, could we store it for later use? Is that correct?
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Who do you want to talk to? Whom do you want to talk to? [duplicate]

Who do you want to talk to? Whom do you want to talk to? Which one is correct sentence?
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“Haven't you?” or “don't you?”

What is the right question tag (in British English) when we use the verb have? I have interviewed a few native speakers and none of them could explain why sometimes they prefer "haven't/hasn't" and ...
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Correct Tenses in a Messy Sentence

In need of an opinion on the tenses in a rather convoluted sentence: Tomas then said that Jacobs had sent an update to Director Stevens, in which he stated that if Stevens finds the H5 solution ...
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Correction for future in past text

Would it be correct to change this... "He agreed to those changes, but insisted that if the team do not reach the objective by the deadline, the company must commit to implement all the ...
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Asking number/order in question [duplicate]

Fact: "Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president of USA" I know that Abraham Lincoln was a president of USA but I don't know the number/order. How do I pose this as a Question in English?
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“How do you think we should overcome our fears”? Is this sentence right or wrong? [closed]

I have seen this written by a teacher: "How do you think we should overcome our fears?". I would suggest a rephrasing: "Do you think how we should overcome our fears?" because the above ...
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Correct form and use of comma?

Made changes to a translated bit of text (the start of a ridiculously long jumble that looks as though it was done by a half-blind, half-senile elderly man pulled into a hurricane crossing over an ...
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What is the word for letters that do not ascend above the midline / uniform height? (i.e. aceuomnwxz, not btlj)

I found the word for the part of letters that rise above the midline (ascender: The part of a lowercase letter that rises above the main body of the letter (as in b, d, h). The part that extends above ...
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Usage of 'has' or 'had' in sentence

I have the following line in a document i'm working on: "Col. Stevens, who has served in the First Iraq War, took part in the heated debate." Seeing how that war was quite a few years in the ...
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Use “have” or “has” any/anyone/anything in the question?

Similar to this question, is it correct to use have or has with any* (any/anything/anyone/...) in a question? Examples: Have/Has any of my advices help you? Have/Has anyone of you seen it? Does ...
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What's the difference between Have you ever tried canoeing? Did you ever try canoeing?

Is ever appropriate to use in past simple questions? Is there a difference in present perfect questions using ever meaning a time period up to now and the past simple use of ever in a question? If ...
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What would you call a person who doesn't like questions being asked of them?

My sister says I ask too many questions, such as "What have you been up to lately?" She is the only person who says that. What do you call a person who doesn't like questions being asked?
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Why is it “how come” and not “why come”? [duplicate]

When someone asks "How come?", the person answering actually answers the question "why?". "Why?" and "How?" are very different questions. I was wondering how "how come?" came to be an alternative way ...
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How to ask a question to get an ordinal number answer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: How to phrase an asking sentence that must be answered with an ordinal number? Framing a question to which the answer is an ordinal number Given that I want to know ...
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How is “Can anyone tell me how can I solve this” wrong?

I posted a question somewhere that said... Can anyone tell me how I can solve this? ...but someone edited it to... Can anyone tell me how can I solve this? ...and it was accepted. That's ...
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Use of “If you really want to”

If somebody says, "If you really want to leave me, then let me know," which reply would be correct in the English language—"Yes I do" or "Yes I really do"?
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Answers for questions with “have to” and “have got to”?

Do we have to stay? a. Yes, we do. b. Yes, we have. c. Yes, we have to. Have we got to stay? a. Yes, we do. b. Yes, we have. c. Yes, we have to. I have to go home. a. Do you? b. Have you? ...
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Ask someone about their birth order [duplicate]

If I need to ask someone about their birth order, what question is usually used? Let's say I do not ask how many children his family has first. What is your birth order? or Which child are you in ...
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Is it correct if I ask “Which anniversary is it?” to know how long they are married for?

Is it correct if I ask "Which anniversary is it?" to know how long they are married for ?
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Answering a negative question with one word

There has been talk of how to answer a negative question without ambiguity, most often with a qualifying phrase needed for clarification. (For example, "yes, I do"/"no, I don't.) I've noticed that ...
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Question about “the” article [duplicate]

Which one of each is correct? A1 - He asked a simple question about the use of articles. vs A2 - He asked a simple question about use of articles. B1 - All universities in Vancouver are amazing. ...
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Newcomer Question [migrated]

I just thought I'd introduce myself to everyone on this site. My name is Suhayl, and I'm an aspiring poetry writer. Being a poetry writer, I, naturally have an infatuation with the English language, ...
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“In the case of” or “In case of”

I am wondering whether "in the case of" is a correct expression. I know "in case of" can be used, for example "In case of an emergency" but when would be appropriate to use "in the case of" as long as ...
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What is the correct punctuation for an indirect question?

I'm wondering how it is correct to structure sentence and what punctuation should be used. In particular, is the next sentence correct: I was wondering if there's any progress on the issue. Or ...
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Punctuation around the word “OK” at the end of a sentence

If a sentence ends in "OK", and the sentence is a request, usually there is a comma before the OK and a question mark after it. The comma signifies a pause, correct? What if there was no pause, then ...
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Exclamation mark and question mark [duplicate]

Is there any difference is placing a question mark before the exclamation mark and placing a question mark after the exclamation mark? More like... the speaker is astonished more or confused more?
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Shortening a question

There is a game when two players call words in turn. A prompt in the game (written as a computer program) can look like Plyer1, what is your word? Can it be shortened the following way Player1, ...
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When is it appropriate to end a question without a question mark?

Basically, if I ask a rhetorical question, it's not really prompting for an answer. Does that mean it should not end in a question mark? Here are two examples: "What's New" used as a title for a ...
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How do you frame a question for this situation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Framing a question whose answer is an ordinal number Let me explain the scenario. Say you have 'n' number of siblings (brothers/sisters) in your family, i.e your ...
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Is there a word for this situation?

Some co-workers of mine from another office play a "question game." I wasn't there for the question, but here it is: Is it accidentally impregnating someone if you know you're trying to get her ...
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Capitalizing hi in a text

Is the word "hi" capitalized or not in the following usage: "I said hi to Jim as I passed him on the way to school."
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Can you say: “I wanted to ask, so I could know..” [closed]

On an email I saw this sentence and was wondering what it means? I wanted to ask you a few questions, so I would know what to start with. Does it mean that after I ask, I will know what to ...
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Who knocks at the door? Who does knock at the door? [closed]

Who knocks at the door? Who does knock at the door? Hello, teachers. I am confused here. Usually, first sentence is acceptable. But I did not read about the second sentence. Is it ...
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Framing a question whose answer is an ordinal number

I am the third daughter (or son) of my parents. OR I am the third child of my parents How should a question that is answered with the above sentences be framed?
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How to categorize this phrase. Relative clause, Interrogative clause, Adverbial clause?

What is "Where to go" in the sentence "Where to go is the question." Is it a adverbial phrase or a relative clause? And what is "Why go" in the sentence "Why go when you can stay?" - is it a clause?
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What does the phrases “bedraggled remnant” and “but otherwise” mean? What does the sentence mean?

In the quote: The Hoover administration had deployed tanks and tear gas to drive a bedraggled remnant of World War I veterans (the Bonus Marchers) from Washington but otherwise appeared incapable ...
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“How long did it take?” or “How long did it takes?”? [closed]

Which one is the correct one? I think is the second one, but my english book says it is the first.
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Can “it's” be used as a question? [duplicate]

In my experience, people say "it's" in place of "it is," but never in the form of a question. I think the question "It's?" sounds awkward, but I'd like to know if it's grammatically correct. Is it? ...