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General Q&A about specific languages, language in general, and linguistics.

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Whence אֶת between partners' names?

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by msh210‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by David‭

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Why does the dollar sign precede the number in English?

1 answer  ·  posted 10mo ago by tommi‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by Jirka Hanika‭

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What is the origin (etymology) of the word مسدس (pistol)?

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Medi1saif‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Moshi‭

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Does English support three-word contractions?

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by shpielmeister‭

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Does Japanese have pronouns?

1 answer  ·  posted 11mo ago by curiousdannii‭  ·  last activity 11mo ago by Moshi‭

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~ません versus ~ないです

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Moshi‭  ·  edited 12mo ago by Moshi‭

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What does "se" mean in Micah 6:8, "Ya se te ha declarado..."?

2 answers  ·  posted 12mo ago by Nathaniel‭  ·  last activity 11mo ago by DonielF‭

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Is "estar de buenas" a widespread way to say "to be in a good mood"?

1 answer  ·  posted 12mo ago by Nathaniel‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by fedorqui‭

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Has Japanese always had the polite "masu" form?

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Moshi‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Jirka Hanika‭

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Why no "to"-infinitive in pual and huf'al?

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by msh210‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Jirka Hanika‭

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Is it really true that all Chinese words have one syllable?

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Moshi‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Sigma‭

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Order of pronouns

1 answer  ·  posted 10mo ago by Severus Snape‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by Severus Snape‭

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Why past tense in imaginative play in Finnish?

2 answers  ·  posted 11mo ago by tommi‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by ugo‭

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Why is it "pronunciation" and not "pronounciation"?

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by nobodyImportant‭

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What does "unused root" mean?

1 answer  ·  posted 12mo ago by Harel13‭  ·  edited 12mo ago by msh210‭

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Etymology of "ohyra"?

2 answers  ·  posted 10mo ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by tommi‭

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What is the difference between 'u heeft' and 'u hebt'?

1 answer  ·  posted 11mo ago by Peter‭  ·  edited 11mo ago by msh210‭

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What drives the complexity of a language?

1 answer  ·  posted 12mo ago by celtschk‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by Jirka Hanika‭

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Vietnamese lệnh and Thai เลย

1 answer  ·  posted 8mo ago by JohnDoea‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by Jirka Hanika‭

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Why do certain Hebrew letters have alternate final forms?

1 answer  ·  posted 12mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by Moshi‭

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Why word future events in the present?

1 answer  ·  posted 11mo ago by msh210‭  ·  last activity 11mo ago by Jirka Hanika‭

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Why is “timbre” pronounced “tamber”?

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by user8078‭

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How did 'less than' semantically shift to mean 'if not'?

2 answers  ·  posted 8mo ago by PSTH‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by Jirka Hanika‭

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How tan pronounced?

2 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by Istiak‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Jirka Hanika‭

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