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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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What are your favorite English language tools? [closed]

To prevent myself from asking an obvious, silly question multiple times: What are the English language tools you found most useful? I found Corpus Concordance English extremely useful for looking up ...
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Distinctive features of English diphthongs

I am looking for a table of distinctive features for English dipthongs along the lines of that available for other vowels here. I don't trust my purely book learned linguistic skills to produce an ...
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Any website to look up words with similar pronunciation or spelling?

Is there any website(s) to look up words with similar pronunciation or spelling? For example: stack, steak, stake, stick. (It can help me as a non-native English speaker to learn confusing words.)
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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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Is there a list of all English words (singular and plural) anywhere on the net? [closed]

Does anyone know of a resource online that lists all known English words, including plural and singular forms of a word?
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What are some of the better English reference grammars?

What is your favorite English reference grammar, particularly in terms of accuracy and completeness? Please note I am not asking for usage guides. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the best ...
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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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Finding Alternative Adjectives for “Very ___”

Is there a good resource for finding alternatives to using an adjective phrase intensified by the word "very", besides a thesaurus? (E.g., "very afraid" -> "terrified".) Thesauri provide wider-than ...
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Are there resources that connect the multiple meanings of “as”?

Respecting this answer, This is often the cases when one reads dictionary definitions but in fact, it's not very difficult to see the connections. the semantic field of 'as' is actually quite ...
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Negative versions of extreme adjectives

If something positive is "too much", it becomes negative. For example, too much security could be perceived as being trapped. Is there a term for this relation? In other words, if a word with a ...
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Is there an online sample sentence database or search engine?

Sometime, I am not sure if I use a specific word correctly. I would like to get some sample sentences to learn from. So, is there a online sample sentence database/search engine?
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How does one find a word with a rhyming middle syllable?

In conversation today I wanted to find a set of words that have an "or" sound in their middles, as in "torrent" and "sorcerer". I couldn't find one. Most rhyming dictionaries I found only concerned ...
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Resources for native Anglo-Saxon vocabulary building. [closed]

Are there any dictionaries or thesaurus' out there that specialize in native English vocabulary, that is to say, real English words that are not of foreign (Latin, French, or Greek) origin? It's ...
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Looking for a grammar book [closed]

Is there any English grammar book which describe how to talk/write English instead of understand English? For example instead of detailing all situation where "would/will" is used, describing all ...
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word “recourse” usage

I have a sentence where someone uses the phrase, "she is also a great recourse". Could that be correct? Or are they confusing the word for "resource"? A person can have recourse to another person(...
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Word frequency list from contemporary young adult fiction? [closed]

I'm looking for a resource that has frequent words found in young adult fiction. Something like: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:Frequency_lists/Contemporary_fiction_in_60_categories#...
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Syllable — Phonetic Online List/Dictionary with word examples

Is there a homepage or online tool that gives you a list of, let's say, the 2000 most common syllables sorted by their international phonetic alphabet spelling? (e.g. /sɜː(r)/ = the first syllable ...
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How to pronounce family names?

Does anyone know a tool to look up names like Rumbaugh? Sometimes I hear something like "rumba" or even "rambo". Is there a dictionary where I could look up the correct pronunciation?
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Is there any dictionary that decomposes an English word into prefix, root, and suffix?

Is there any dictionary that shows the decomposition of each word into these three parts, if application at all? For instance, "incapable" is divided into prefix "in", root "cap", and suffix "able". ...
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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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Books on punctuation [closed]

What are some good books on punctuation? Ideally, such a book should treat punctuation in both American English and British English. I have seen so many different rules in different books that I am ...
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What pronunciation does Google dictionary use?

I generally use the "define" Google search tool to find what a word means, and how it should be pronounced correctly. Unlike websites like thefreedictionary.com, Google doesn't tell you what ...
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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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Are there any definitive sources for English word forms?

My interest in English grammar began because of learning about the rules of grammar while learning Latin. In inter-language dictionaries, it's common to mention the declension of nouns, conjugation of ...
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A dictionary based on word occurrence frequencies

Since there are so many language resources on the internet nowadays, I was wondering if there is an online dictionary(or any other language tool) that would list the words not only in the alphabetical ...
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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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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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Are there resources or tools for “reverse etymology”?

EtymOnline is an excellent resource for online etymology searches. If, however, I am looking for lists of words sharing a given Latin, Greek or other root (which I call "reverse etymology"), I do not ...
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Proper definition of validation and verification [closed]

I'm trying to find a definite, peer-reviewed and generally accepted definition of the words validation and verification when applied in the context of data acceptance (computer science). In a related ...
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A thesaurus with archaic and obsolete words [closed]

Can you point me to any online thesaurus that contains obsolete, archaic, out-of-use synonyms for contemporary words? Google search is horribly unhelpful, yielding hundreds common thesaurus and ...
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Best internet sites for British English learners? [closed]

What are some great resources for advanced British English learners?
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Count vs. mass — where can you look this up?

Most dictionaries don't say whether a noun is count vs. mass. Short of asking a fluent English speaker, where can you get this kind of information? I've tried asking various other ESL/EFL people I ...
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What is there in the English corpus beside nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, etc?

As you can see from this NGram, the total number of words in the indexed English corpus that were nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, determinants, pronouns, adpositions, numerals, conjunctions, or ...
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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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Online tools to look up words from pronunciation

Are there online tools to look up words from their pronunciation? For example, when I hear /bεə/, I want it to tell me that there are words bear and bare that are pronounced /bεə/.
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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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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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Idiom thesaurus? [closed]

Can you recommend some searchable resource that maps given expression onto idioms meaning that thing? There are quite a few dictionaries that contain a list of idioms containing a given word which is ...
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Archaic text suggestions

I'm interested in learning Archaic English. As a starting point, I guess simple texts that are easy to comprehend would be a good choice. I would appreciate any suggestions.
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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 ...
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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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What irregular verbs are there in Early Modern English?

Can anyone tell me, or direct me to a site where it would have a list of, irregular verbs in Early Modern English? I understand verbs such as "to be" or "to have", but how many more are there, and ...
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Order of definitions in dictionaries

Are dictionary definitions for words with multiple meanings ordered based on chronology, hierarchy, or frequency of usage? Is/was there a standard format?
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Proper usage of pronouns

As an ESL student, sometimes I wonder whether I use too many pronouns. For example: She grabbed her purse, she took some money and then she went to buy some groceries. After that she returned ...
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English parts of speech — better new treatments

Can anyone please recommend a better treatment of English parts of speech / word classes than that offered by most traditional grammars? Many of the latter stick with the sacrosanct 8 of antiquity, ...
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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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What public domain thesauruses are available? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: English synonym online database? I am working on a project which needs access to the database of a English synonyms, preferably as a raw text file. Are there any public ...