The Quick Guide to English Only We answer specific questions about words or phrases in a complete sentence with context and background in a respectful, helpful and cordial manner. -----------*---------- The Shorter Guide to English Only Starting a thread Search the forum for an answer or an existing thread before starting a new thread. (Forum Rule 1) The title should contain the specific words or phrase you are asking about. (Forum Rule 3) State your question clearly in the post itself. DO NOT rely on the thread title or on links in your post. Provide both context and a full sample sentence for every new thread. One topic per thread. If you have a second question, start a new thread. Name the source of any quoted material from websites or print sources (Forum Rule 4) DO NOT request a list. For lists of synonyms or equivalents consult the WR Thesaurus. DO NOT ask a research question. DO NOT ask for proofreading. If you have a text for correction, ask a specific question and give your own ideas. Do not bump your threads or flood the forum. Read Rule 8 for a fuller explanation. See also: Schoolwork/ Homework Multiple-choice Questions – Which Option is Best? NOTE: If you have fewer than 100 posts, a check list appears above the box in which you post a new thread. Read it before you submit your question. Responding to a post DO NOT reply to any thread or post that has a problem such as: lack of context, multiple topics, non-English text, SPAM, etc. Use the dark red triangle in the lower left corner of the post to report it. DO NOT make wild guesses if the question is unclear. Ask for clarification. If there is no context, report the thread. Focus on the question being asked. DO NOT proofread and DO NOT rewrite someone’s work. Verify your answer before posting. General guidance Be patient with non-native and native students of English. Use standard English including capitalization and punctuation, to the best of your ability. DO NOT use chatspeak or SMS abbreviations. Only one topic to a thread. NO chatting. No audio or video files, or links to them, may be inserted without prior moderator approval. DO NOT use any language other than English. This forum is for English ONLY. Index to the English Only Guidelines HERE. (Click blue underlined links for more information.) Link to Forum Rules here.