NB: the tag no longer exists.

I found that there is a tag called in Ell Stack Exchange. For me, this tag is useless, and I don’t know who created this tag.

Maybe the user want to create the tag for easy questions or even for questions about simple tense. That’s bad.

I think that we should delete this tag, right?


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That is not what 'simple' refers to in grammar.

The present simple and past simple are types of verbal construction in English. The 'present simple' contrasts with the present continuous and present perfect. Similarly the 'past simple' contrasts with past continuous or past perfect constructions.

Present simple for BE:
She is a doctor
She isn't a doctor
Is she a doctor?

Present simple for all other verbs:
She swims
She doesn't swim
Does she swim?

Past simple for BE:
She was a doctor
She wasn't a doctor
Was she a doctor?

Past simple for all other verbs:
She swam
She didn't swim
Did she swim?

Thus, 'simple' contrasts with 'continuous' and 'perfect'.

However, looks like the tag has already been deleted.

  • If a tag exists and has no questions it is either a synonym of some more descriptive tag, or it is on its way to being deleted at the appointed hour.
    – ColleenV
    Mar 11 at 1:35
  • @ColleenV Is that because it was misunderstood and has been miscurated? Mar 11 at 9:52
  • It’s just the way the system works. If a tag has no questions, it gets deleted at the end of the day (I don’t remember the exact time) If a tag sticks around more than a day of having zero questions, it’s a synonym for another tag. Some tags get recreated a lot - simple is a typo of a longer tag I think. We could block bad tags that persistently reappear.
    – ColleenV
    Mar 11 at 9:57
  • @ColleenV Yep, been deleted. Mar 11 at 10:16
  • I can see why someone might have created the tag (for these tenses) but the name is too confusing so I'm glad it's gone.
    – Laurel Mod
    Mar 11 at 14:19
  • @Laurel Ys, not particularly useful. However, if it had been called "The Simple" instead of "Simple", that would have helped somewhat. Mar 11 at 14:21
  • "Simple tense(s)" would have been the best name, but arguably just using our existing tags is simpler. We have way too many tense tags for even a basic question to fit all that are relevant.
    – Laurel Mod
    Mar 11 at 14:23
  • @Laurel Well, for that part of the EFL community who believe that it's helpful to present the present continuous as a tense, etc. Many of us don't. ;-) Mar 12 at 23:30
  • If simple were supposed to be for questions about Simple Present, it should be simple-present; for Present Continuous, it should be present-continuous. On Stack Exchange, there are not compound tags, so I cannot use simple+present for Simple Present questions.
    – apaderno
    Mar 31 at 17:14

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