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Free English learning publications

Hello! I'm new at Stakexchange. I want to learn English as it is my second language. Please tell me some resources from where i can get English learning publications for free by post.
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Synonym for character (as in a person in a book)

A story normally consists of several characters (i.e. the protagonist, the antagonist, and so forth), but is there a good synonym for the word character? I've often used "people", but it seems overly ...
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What does these idioms with “bring” means?

To bring is to: take or go with (someone or something) to a place. cause (someone or something) to be in a particular state or condition But in an idiom, what does the idioms mean? and how does it ...
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Nailed, screwed, and hammered in one sentence

"Can someone be so "screwed" because someone "nailed" an argument that made him "hammered"? Is my sentence correct? Can we use those three slangs in one sentence? I understand that these slangs have ...
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Should I say client or clients'?

"Techversant is a veteran software development firm that transforms client ideas into winning products and services. We ensure “Guaranteed Business Value” through our creative and meticulous work ...
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Why is it so hard to understand English over the phone?

I think I'm pretty good at English language and have made some progress over the years. I learnt by myself and that kind of made me feel proud of myself, however I had this trouble at an old job ...
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what is “that…” referring to?

Is "the desire to analyse the workings of the world through examining its smallest components is merely to make a ‘dull catalogue of common things’" in the following paragraph Dawkins's belief or the ...
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Which is more appropriate here regarding in names: Junior or the 2nd?

I am from Philippines and I had a childhood friend named after his father, Cipriano Reyes, so my friend's name is Cipriano Reyes II. But as far as I know, when a child was named after his father ...
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is there a word which conveys the idea of criticizing with/out of love?

Is there a word, for criticizing someone out of love. Like a lover would do or a father would do. It's not just criticising or reproaching, there is that love and care factor involved, for the ...
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What is a good way to describe or to call something which is made into something unique and fashionable out of something old and outdated

I need a way to describe tge process of tirning old outdated objects into fashionable new ideas and products
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could you please tell how to rephrase a sentence. Why and where it should be rephrase it?

could you please tell how to rephrase a sentence. Why and where it should be rephrase it?? where can i find a rule list for this?
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Word Stress in verbs of ing

When a song writer removes the "g" from a verb ending in "ing" does this change the stress of the word? For example, "takin'" and "lovin'."
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ACT English Question 2006 63E

46. The answer is F, but I put H. I understand "achievement in which" doesn't sound right, but neither does ending the underlined phrase without a "for". Any help?
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Is there a more concise way to describe this symbol?

I was trying to make an easy description of this character's forehead symbol, and I decided on: "Four equal-sized green rectangles used to make two L-shapes, a mirrored L that is to the left of an ...
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Who may submit to this literary magazine?

The following is a solicitation from a literary magazine that wants diverse submissions. WE DEFINE DIVERSITY AS THE FOLLOWING: ANYONE WHO - (1) DOES NOT CONSIDER THEMSELVES TO BE: WHITE, ...
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A word for a town, city or village that doesn't sound archaic

I always want to use the word "settlement", but it always sounds incredible archaic and that I'm describing a place where people have set up the bare bones of a home. What's a word I can use that ...
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What time suits you?

I am new on this forum, English is my second language so every now and then I come across some very confusing rules. Here is my first question: What time suits you? Why do we use "s" with suit? ...
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“is” or “are” with “fewer”?

Which one is correct? (Or is neither?) This field can contain 30 characters, fewer is recommended. This field can contain 30 characters, fewer are recommended.
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Is there a more concise way to describe this hairstyle?

Is there a more concise way to describe this character's hairstyle, other than 'a bun, with parted bangs and tassels framing her face'?
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What is the equivalent word for Nationalisation when it is a State seizing the assets?

In several Western countries there is a Federal system in place (US, AU) of States and a National government making laws. In the worst of circumstances, one of those two levels of government may ...
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First name vs. Forename

I really don't understand why others are using "forename" instead of "first name". Can someone explain the difference to me?
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“I'm happy to see that you are sober as a judge” Is this a rhetorical device?

Context: A few decades ago, during the electoral campaign for governor, there was a televised debate between the three major parties candidates. Candidate A, the favorite according to the polls, was ...
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What does thunderous silence mean? Shouldn't it 'deafening silence'?

I encountered this in an article..., English is my second language so I am very curious..
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Is there a term for the type of communication where the feedback is immediate, as opposed to delayed?

I often try to distinguish between immediate-feedback communication, such as talking in person, on the phone, or by instant message, and delayed-feedback communication, such as email. (Or at least, ...
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“His dishonesty” vs “His being dishonest”

My question is - which of the two phrases above sound better/worse? His dishonesty OR His being dishonest Actually, the question is not only about this particular noun/adjective pair, but ...
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Resonance vs. Resonation

Fellow wordsmiths - when would you use the one noun over the other? In the following sentence: Science seeks to classify nature; Emerson rather directs focus towards nature's emotional ...
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a matching phrase or idiom, to the arabic equivalent 'compelled me to the argument'

If two people were discussing something and they want you to share your thoughts, even more judge. A bit like a lawyer. If someone started with saying something that the other person thinks is ...
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Starting a text using By + ing form

Can I start a text using by + ing form? Ex. By recognizing the difficulty of the material, the teacher took extra time teaching it to her students.
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punish with or without for"

Recently I've been given a couple of sentences to translate. Of them was the following: It was an extreme dishonesty extremely dishonest of him; he should’ve been punished. Does he should've ...
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Is tapping common in English?

From Bruce Hayes' Introductory Phonology, I am presented with the following phonological rule called tapping: /t/ -> [ɾ] / [+vowel] ___ [+vowel -stress] That is, /t/ has an allophonic realization as ...
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Second 'the' in the 'The Age of the Cathedrals' song title

Why does the famous song 'The Age of the Cathedrals' from the Notre-Dame de Paris musical have the second article 'the'? Shouldn't it be titled 'The Age of Cathedrals'?
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Rule of making long words

I would like to know if there's any rule to create a long word, base on a short, popular word. In example: local -> localization. international -> internationalization stubborn -> ...
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What is the difference between “and all” & “and everything”?

What is the difference between "and all" & "and everything"? Is that just "all vs everything"? I am reading The Catcher in the Rye. I think I got the nuance of that expression, but I would like ...
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Can “firstly” be used in the same meaning as “at first/initially”?

I've come across many sources claiming that the words firstly and first (as an adverb) can be used interchangeably. They, however, only seemed to be comparing their meanings with regard to ...
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Why is the 't' silent in 'christen'?

The audio clips at ODO do not vocalise any sound resembling a 't', and the IPA contains no 't': BrE  /ˈkrɪsn/   ;   NAmE  /ˈkrɪsn The 't' in 'christen' and 'hasten' (mooted by this comment in a ...
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Can You Correct This Sentence? [on hold]

After getting burnt by firecrackers, being shot with bottle rockets, and having mortars blow up in our faces, I can conclude that it was an awesome 4th of July!
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Flarf - What?! Really? [on hold]

What is your understanding of "Flarf"? And is it really "new"or just a rerun of a technique already often used? And perhaps "named" to make it seem cool?
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Word for someone or something deeper than most would assume

I was looking for a word to describe someone and I'm certain it exists... to describe a person is usually assumed to be one-dimensional but is in fact not, or even something more literal like a ...
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What does “older faith” mean in this sentence?

I've come across a sentence in God is not Great by Christopher Hitchens and don't understand what older faith means here. "Extra ecclesiam, nulla salus," as the older faith used to say. “Within ...
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Unusual example of past and present combination

I understand past and present can often appear in the same sentence, but I have one example that's bothering me. In a past tense work of fiction, should the line be: That's when I noticed what ...
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The plural of parenthesis: parentheses or parens?

I am a fan of the word parens. As the title suggests, I am confused as to whether I can use parens instead of the more commonly used parentheses as the plural of parenthesis. Are there any differences ...
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What does the phrase “woman who does” mean?

I've first heard the phrase on QI (season 3 episode 6) where Stephen Fry uses it as rhyming slang for "buzz" Bill: "Woman"? Stephen: "Woman who does": buzz. Bill: Buzz. Phill: ...
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Can shoving someone be nonviolent?

I'm trying to express a situation were someone is being forced/persuaded to move in a certain direction by another person, not in a violent, but rather a humorous, way. The word I'm thinking of ...
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plain form of seem or past participle?

I was wondering, can you say ''You could have seemed [...]'', like... you didn't seem too intelligent but you could have seemed so had you quoted... Cioran, for example. I'm yet to encounter this form ...
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middleware vs middlewares

I am contributing at an open source project, and we got a message (https://github.com/gin-gonic/gin/issues/252) about our grammar at source code and documentation (we are not native english speakers). ...
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Is it kind of passive strucure?

I know the passive structure and i know it's application.But i always notice that there are some sentences which have a structure like passive although they are not passive exactly.for example: I ...
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On the origin of “exit poll”

An election exit poll is a poll of voters taken immediately after they have exited the polling stations. Unlike an opinion poll, which asks for whom the voter plans to vote, or some similar ...
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Women in xxx country are viewed as disposable/dispensable commodities [on hold]

Women in xxx country are viewed as disposable/dispensable commodities Which word is more appropriate? I see both in common use.
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Verbal compounds such as come-to-be, come-to-know, come-to-X

Reading about intellectual history and the history of natural science, I have very often come across the expression to come-to-be as a synonym for to come into being, to start to exist, to originate, ...
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Word for Thing Being Described?

The descriptor is the term that describes something. Is there a word for that which is being described? Many English words exist that have this "affected-affector" relationship. For example, it ...

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