In a previous question and answer, a consensus developed that is not something we want to keep around: Do we want the [grammar] tag?

But the tag was never blacklisted, and we're now up to 23 questions with the tag. Before it gets any bigger, it seems appropriate to attempt to work out how we categorize the various types of questions that the tag is receiving.

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I'd suggest that there are three categories of questions in this tag, two of which would use new tags:

  1. Questions asking what a particular word's grammatical function is ("Grammar Identification" – )
  2. Questions asking which grammatical form to use in a particular situation ("Grammar Choice" – )
    • This is different from , which includes questions asking about both vocabulary and grammar
  3. Questions where isn't needed, because other tags already capture the content of the question ("Remove Grammar Tag")

Applying these categories to the 23 questions, I would break them down as follows:

Of course, you might disagree with my specific applications of these three categories. I include this detail only to show how I'm envisioning the two new tags would be used. If you see a better way to categorize these questions, or better tag names, offer another answer!

  • I mostly agree with your list, but a couple of questions seem to fall between the categories. Would it make sense to add a tag "proofreading" for questions like "is this grammatical" (some of them do not involve making a choice)? We can make "proofreading" and "grammar-choice" synonyms, but having both of them might make the tags easier to find.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta Mod
    Commented Jun 20, 2016 at 13:56
  • Suggested changes: (1) Remove grammar tag from "When can I perform an elision?" (2) Use "proofreading" or "grammar-confirmation" or something in that direction for the appropriate questions now under Grammar Choice.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta Mod
    Commented Jun 20, 2016 at 14:01
  • Good point on the elision question; edited. I'm open to a grammar-confirmation tag as well, though it may be difficult to separate such questions from "grammar-choice" on one side and "translation" on the other. Maybe it's okay if questions have grammar-confirmation as well as one of these two. Commented Jun 20, 2016 at 14:26
  • Having "grammar-confirmation", to be mainly used with "grammar-choice" or "translation" sounds good to me. The tags need not be exclusive.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta Mod
    Commented Jun 20, 2016 at 14:31
  • I think we can make the clearest tag edits already. (I already did some, but not many, to avoid flooding the front page.) I would let the trickier ones keep their tags until more people weigh in with their opinions here.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta Mod
    Commented Jun 20, 2016 at 14:34
  • Excellent answer! A choice can be implicit: whenever you're in doubt whether x is correct, you will probably think there are other possibilities (for it must be possible to say whatever you want to say in some way). So I would be fine with grammar choice for proofreading/confirmation questions about grammar. Although of course proofreading and confirmation are also possible.
    – Cerberus Mod
    Commented Jun 20, 2016 at 16:43
  • I made some edits today, mostly removing grammar tags. I wonder if there are suitable tags for "Were there grammatical disagreements in Latin?" besides grammarians. A sociology tag might fit, but I'm not sure.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta Mod
    Commented Jul 5, 2016 at 13:27
  • @JoonasIlmavirta Perhaps language-evolution is close enough? Commented Jul 5, 2016 at 17:45
  • I guess that is the closest hit among current tags.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta Mod
    Commented Jul 5, 2016 at 18:08

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