About the English Forum

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The English Forum provides means for people learning the English language to have questions answered, learn more about the language, and be guided to resources on the web and in print.

We urge you to observe the following rules:

  • Refrain from profanity. We consider it unacceptable. Posts including it will be excluded.
  • Show good manners and attitudes. Respect, kindness, and humility are honored qualities on this forum.
  • Ponder before you hit the return key. We would wish for a preview feature to this forum, but for now you will have to review your post in your mind before commiting yourself.

Go to the forum. Though we seek precision and "correctness" in language, we do well to remember the words of G. L. Brook, "Standard English is a convenient abstraction, like the average man."

If you'd like to savor poetical usage of the English language, see the poetry magazine Head in the Clouds and sign up to Randal's Cloud Couplets E-mail Poem.

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