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Why do we need the tag "articles" if we already have "indefinite-article", "definite-article" and "zero-article"? If it's redundant why not delete it?

There are four tags about articles: articles, indefinite-article, definite-article and zero-article. Could you explain to me please why the tag "articles" is needed if we have the other ...
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Vocabulary tag rework?

The vocabulary tag has 1000 over questions, but unfortunately I'm not very sure how to tag questions with that tag. The description reads: This tag is for questions about a body of words. It should ...
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Weird behavior of [answers] tag when asking question

After this meta post, the tags responses and answers were synonymized, and their behavior in most cases seems to reflect this. They remap, redirect, etc., but I noticed this earlier today when I was ...
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Tag description that is possibly unsuitable for an English language site

The description for our (main site's) third most popular tag meaning reads: This tag is for questions which a dictionary cannot answer about what a word means. This sentence seems ..off to me, if ...
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What is "slang"?

Moving this topic of conversation from If someone says "That hair tho", does it have a positive or a negative meaning? I am more than happy to (or have someone else) remove the 2 instances ...
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Lack of "will-future" tag

Our site doesn't have a tag for "will-future". For such a basic part of English grammar, and for a site with as much question depth as we have, its not an oversight. This tells me there's ...
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Grammar and gramma tag

I have just seen that there is a question tagged gramma. I believe that the gramma tag should be deleted. Could a moderator perhaps do this?
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Consolidated grammar tag discussions and a clean-up proposal

We have fixed more than 332 questions tagged only with grammar - we're down from 1325 to 993. (as of March 19th, 2017) We've probably fixed a lot more than 332, because there are new questions each ...
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Should the "writing" tag be changed to "written-english"?

So writing, which has the description For questions specifically related to written English., has been applied to many questions and very few of them are specifically focused on written English. It's ...
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Why do some tags have 'tag badges' while others don't?

I've noticed that some tags such as meaning, meaning-in-context, prepositions, verbs etc., have tag badges. For example, StoneyB has both the 'Meaning' gold badge and the 'Meaning-in-context' gold ...
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Tag Clean-up Proposals

This question is to get help from the community when you come across a tag that needs reworking. Post an answer with the tags in question and what you think should be done to fix them up. If it ...
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Why are the tags not visible as they are inputed?

Just a couple of days ago I was editing a post which needed some formatting and re-tags. So I deleted the tag difference and inserted word-difference to be more clear and specific. Well, I tried to ...
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Is the 'mathematics' tag really necessary?

This came to my attention when I saw a tag wiki had been proposed. It appears we have a mathematics tag on ELL, which has only two questions. The proposed tag wiki is: For questions about ...
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What should we put in [writing]?

I'm being a little self-indulgent with a slightly punny title for a tag cleanup request, because SE tradition! writing is supposed to be for questions "specifically related to written English", as ...
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When would I be able to create a tag? Is there a reputation requirement?

I am wondering when I would be able to make tags. I just asked question on the main site regarding the difference between "may" and "can". Prior, to asking the question I reviewed couple of related ...
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Impose a sentence on [sentence] (again)

(if you're wondering about the pun in the title, that's a Stack Exchange meme for tag-related Meta questions) The sentence tag currently has 17 questions and no tag excerpt or wiki. IMHO it's a very ...
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For some odd reason we have an "english" tag... Should we request that it be blacklisted?

Not sure why english isn't blacklisted. It's only on about eight questions right now because it looks like it was recreated about a month ago but I don't think it's needed for anything. Is there a ...
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Tags for “countable-nouns”, “uncountable-nouns” and “countability”

Is there something that should be done to unify the following tags, or is it intentional that they are separate this way? countable-nouns uncountable-nouns countability It seems that a typical ...
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What are tags good for?

I find it difficult to understand why we expend so much effort and discussion on tags. I’ve browsed around other SE sites, and I can see that tags serve a useful, perhaps even essential, purpose in ...
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Is This Tag Useful? Episode 1 - The Big Boss (grammar)

I guess one of the best ways to get your message across is putting a TL;DR in the beginning. If you agree with the sentiments of the TL;DR the rest might not be necessary to read but if grammar has ...
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What to do with [untagged] questions that are off topic?

So as far as I know the untagged tag is automatically added to migrated questions as they have no tags. If this tag is left on a question I could be confusing. When I was searching the tag I found a ...
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Why didn't [word-family] tag exist before?

The tag word-family hasn't existed before. As I think it knowing it is important for a learner, I wonder if there is a specific reason that it didn't exist. It even has its own Wikipedia page.
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Let's clean up tags

I was browsing through tags, and I noticed that it was very messy. Lot's of tags that are off-topic, lot's of tags that could be easily merged, and lot's of tags that don't make sense. Here is a list ...
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What about a "linguistics" tag to ask the point of view of the linguistics on an English rule?

I would like to ask for "linguistics" tag, because sometimes we need the linguistics point of view on English rules, the question is not for the Linguistics SE, because it's specifically about English ...
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What to do with aspect and tense tags?

I have compiled a list of tags and our possible future decisions about them, which may be subject to change. The primary objective is to decide the fate of tags tagged with "maybe". Among those tags ...
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How exactly can I earn the Organizer badge?

I'm sorry for asking again, but I have no choice. I tried to ask in chat, but it did not help. I do not know how to earn Organizer badge. I understand I must do something with tags. I tried to add, ...
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What is the [usage] tag for?

There are currently 353 questions tagged usage. I have no idea what it means, when it should be used, when it should not be used, or what value it adds to the site. Does anyone have it as a favorite ...
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Rename 'hyphens' tag to 'dash'/'dashes' (or add 'dashes' tag)?

We currently have a hyphens tag with 54 questions. Some of these questions are not about hyphens but about other types of dashes, i.e. the en dash and (sometimes) the em dash. Which of the following ...
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Proposal: formal-language, informal-language, and offensive-language

Because no-one had strong feelings about this once taboo was removed, I went ahead and did it. I'm still on the fence about replacing formality with formal-language, so we can tackle that another time....
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Proposal: register, formal-register and informal-register tags to replace formality, formal and informal-english

(OK, I'm going to close this out for what I think is a better proposal. I'm going to leave this here if anyone wants to discuss register) In What is the difference between the "formality" ...
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Proposal: delete tags "meaning" and "word-meaning"

This is the description of the tag meaning: This tag is for questions which a dictionary cannot answer about what a word means. If the question is about the meaning of a word that can't be ...
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Is the tag word-difference useful since we already have the tag difference?

I saw that we have both word-difference and difference. Is word-difference useful since we already have difference?
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Proposal: Synonymize [syntax] and [sentence-construction]

It seems we can achieve a consensus on a certain set of tags this time without reading too much into things. Let's clean up sentence-related tags. I just came up with a few ideas, and I present them ...
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Proposal: Blacklist [sentences]

It seems we can achieve a consensus on a certain set of tags this time without reading too much into things. Let's clean up sentence-related tags. I just came up with a few ideas, and I present them ...
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When should the "sentences" tag be used?

sentences has the following tag wiki: A sentence is a set of words that is complete in itself, typically containing a subject and predicate. I notice the tag is being used in questions that: Ask ...
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Retag "phrase" as "phrases"

Since we are already using sentences, the questions using phrase should be retagged phrases. It doesn't make sense to use the plural in a case, and the singular in the other one.
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Help with new "passive" tag

I keep this brief and to the point. Yesterday, I created a new tag distance-expression and only remembered to write a short description when I read this reminder: When you make a new tag, please ...
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Should we not use "verbs" instead of "verb"?

Our tags are normally using the plural, especially when they are about a grammatical category. articles adverbs adjectives modal-verbs Since the last is not modal-verb, should not we also use verbs ...
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Should we prefer plural in tags?

Earlier today I tried to tag a question "nouns", and the system wouldn't let me, saying that the tag noun already existed. Just a minute ago, I wanted to tag another question "adjectives", same ...
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Should not "passive-voice" and "passive" be merged?

There are 46 questions using passive and more than 300 questions using passive-voice. Should not the tags be merged? I would make passive-voice the main tags, and passive its synonym.
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Pretentious writing tag

Why do we have pretentious-writing? Should we delete it? I can’t think of a constructive use of it. I vote for removal.
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Abolish off-topic tags [etymology] and [resources]

There are about 20 questions tagged etymology, and 8 questions tagged resources. Both are clearly off-topic according to the Help Center. Of the existing questions, they are either improperly tagged,...
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What's the difference between [adjective-phrase] and [phrasal-adjective]?

What's the difference between adjective-phrase and phrasal-adjective? Should they be merged? Could we write some tag wiki/usage guidance to make any difference clearer?
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Do we want word-s or sentence-s in our tags?

I'm thinking of organizing something big. This is the last match, and I'd try my hardest to finally beat tags. This post might be the first of the many to come. We need to know what we want our tags ...
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Can we make the "learning" tag a more useful tag?

There are 58 questions that are actually using learning, which puzzles me a bit. Is the tag even useful? If it says something, it tells me users are asking a question because they are learning ...
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Could we make [grammaticality] a synonym of [grammar]?

I know we don't really like the grammar tag around here. The tag wiki says: This tag is for grammar questions, but only if you're not certain what other tag to use. If possible, tag as tense, verb, ...
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Proposal: Begone with [difference]

Proposal three: Blacklist or at least remove difference. Does difference make a difference? It fits the perfect description of a meta tag. It describes the type of the question, not its content. It ...
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If I have editing powers, can I/should I go on an editing spree to remove a tag?

I was looking through some old meta posts, mostly about tags, and I found this post. I originally thought: Hey, I can fix this! There are only 7 tags, and I have editing power, so I can get rid of ...
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Is This Tag Useful? Episode 2 -- The Twins (usage and meaning)

The argument for getting rid of these tags is going to be much more straightforward. We have tags like phrase-meaning, meaning-in-context, sentence-meaning etc. just like we have the likes of word-...
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Should we separate the aspects and tenses in tags?

Taking a look at tags, we have perfect-aspect and past-tense (hell, we have past too, probably created by mistake) and we also have present-perfect and past-perfect. On one hand, classifying tenses ...