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Advice on good list of American idioms [closed]

I want to master American idioms and would like to use a complete list as a reference. Would you please suggest one?
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Resources describing Somerset English [closed]

Can anyone suggest any good resources describing the grammar of traditional Somerset English (not accented standard English)? The Wikipedia article for the West Country dialects provides a good ...
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Nuances/shades-of-meaning online? [closed]

Is there an online reference resource devoted to commentary on the finer points of usage, connotation, and word choice in English? (E.g. what nuances/shades-of-meaning/usage considerations would ...
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No-nonsense grammar exercise book [closed]

I have want to improve my writing. Mastering grammar and spelling are building blocks of writing. Therefore I concentrate on grammar first. The books I use are: - Oxford A-Z of Grammar and Punctuation ...
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Where do I learn cursive?

To give you some background information before I jump right into this question: I am a 15 year old freshman in high school, and unfortunately I was never really taught cursive at any point in time... ...
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What is a good way to learn about words whose pronunciations are very different from how they are spelt

It is embarrassing to be caught mispronouncing an aphonetic(?) word whose pronunciation is not intuitive. Are there any comprehensive word lists (may be the 5000 popular words that are commonly mis-...
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Is Eckersley's *Essential English* still in use? [closed]

When I taught myself English a long time ago I used (alongside Assimil's L'anglais sans peine and the BBC's Calling all beginners) a series of four books, Essential English authored by C.E. Eckersley ...
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Vocabulary resources for abstract concepts [closed]

I watch out for a resource that provides me with vocabulary for comparatively 'abstract' concepts, which means words from areas such as: emotional/inner states communication personal relationships ...
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Do Thomas and his friends do anything besides start the rusted wheel of things? [closed]

The melody of the theme song of the cartoon series “Thomas and his friends” matches the scansion of poem X (“March”) of A.E. Housman’s “A Shropshire Lad”. There are five verses to Housman’s poem, but ...
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Article usage in technical texts: a unique and other cases

Sometimes I write technical texts and wonder which article I should use before adjectives like unique, so-called and given, as English is a foreign language for me. For example, why it is there is ...
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How to find a single word for a long description?

This has been a life long difficulty whenever essay or writing has to be improved. Are there any resources that can be used to locate a single word for a certain long description? I saw couple of ...
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Is there a database of word families?

Is there any where that I can download the database/dictionary for word families? For example one line of it will have something like this: Pellucid, pellucidity, pellucidly, pellucidness A top ...
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Native English speaker looking to enhance writing skills [duplicate]

I'm a native English speaker. I already have relatively good writing skills but I want to refine my skills. When I say skills I'm referring to grammar, business writing and anything else which is ...
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Where can I find an English dictionary that can be used as reference? [duplicate]

I usually use Google Translate to translate from my language into English and vice versa. But sometimes the translation is not right as words have different meanings depending on context, or maybe the ...
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Is there any software which tells us word for a phrase? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are your favorite English language tools? I am searching for a piece of software or an online application where I enter a phrase or a particular action and get a word ...
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Recommendation for English Grammar books? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some of the better English reference grammars? I grew up in a non-English speaking country. During my elementary and middle school years, I self-studied the ...
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Does and online repository exist for texts written in African American English / 'Ebonics'? [closed]

I wonder whether I can find a work of literature in AAE somewhere? I mean not citations of conversations or songs etc, but a full-fledged story or novel or technical text.
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Is there any grammar or vocabulary reference reliable enough? [duplicate]

Duplicate of: Regulatory bodies and authoritative dictionaries for English In other languages there are official institutions which control the development of the language and provide official ...