The tag is one of our most highly-used tags, though it is, unfortunately, so vague as to be nearly useless. I submit the following proposal as a way to break up this tag into something useful.

  1. Following nohat's answer, questions about the grammatical acceptability of a particular sentence or construction should be tagged , as many questions already are.
  2. Questions about the meaning of grammar terms or the names of specific constructions should be tagged (new).
  3. Questions about the grammatical analysis of a particular sentence or construction should be tagged (new). Furthermore, should be made a synonym of this tag.
  4. Questions tagged which fit into none of these categories should be tagged with something more descriptive. Plain old should be abolished as it succumbs too easily to tag rot.

The floor is open for comments and additional suggestions.

4 Answers 4


I'd kind of be more in favor of double-tagging, i.e. keep , but add and/or (or whatever) as appropriate. (And, as Alenanno said, keep separate, because it is. Separate, that is.) But I don't feel particularly strongly either way.

(And obviously, should be removed from questions to which it does not apply.)

  • After some thought, I think I like this best. A significant number of [grammar] questions need to be [grammaticality], but introducing two new tags is probably unnecessary. Apr 13, 2011 at 12:12
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    @JSBangs, If [acceptability] hadn't been renamed to [grammaticality], we wouldn't have this problem. Just sayin'. (Also, my browser marks "grammaticality" as misspelled.)
    – Marthaª
    Apr 13, 2011 at 13:28

I support this proposal: we should get rid of the tag, and we should blacklist it so that it cannot be recreated. It does not help anything.

  • Especially when it's frequently used for punctuation! Jul 2, 2014 at 13:15

About point #3: Syntax tag should not be a synonym of "Grammatical analysis" (and actually they're not synonyms), simply because "syntax" is not (about) the analysis, but instead it's the study about the rules and principles about sentences construction and word order. They are two different things.

About the rest: I have nothing in particular to say about this, but, yes, the change might help to filter the questions, so people won't just throw their questions into that big "grammar" container.

  • We do have a syntactic-analysis tag.
    – tchrist Mod
    Jun 30, 2014 at 20:40
  • @tchrist Was the syntax tag replaced?
    – Alenanno
    Jun 30, 2014 at 21:21
  • No, it persists.
    – tchrist Mod
    Jun 30, 2014 at 23:00
  • @tchrist I kind of disagree with my own answer, but it's kind of old, not sure I should edit it or not.
    – Alenanno
    Jul 1, 2014 at 9:52

Linguistic discovery and analysis should not be about learning an esoteric terminology. The more hoops you ask questioners to jump through to ask their questions, the worse.

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