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Use for this table[edit]

Having just created this table, I have just realised that some of the links in it do not only apply to English (D'oh!). Can anyone suggest a usage for this table? My only worry is that if it becomes a series for all grammar, then it will become far too long.

Lofty 11:20, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Yup, that won't do. I would stick to articles specifically about English grammar, and not all articles on grammar which happen also to pertain to English. For example, I would remove Relative clause but include English relative clauses. --Doric Loon 19:14, 28 June 2006

Rename Article[edit]

Given that this grammar template pertains only to English grammar, shouldn't the template be renamed? 06:40, 6 July 2006 (UTC)

Yes, it should. For the same reason, it should also be removed from ~50,000,000 of the pages it's currently on. Ruakh 13:16, 6 July 2006 (UTC)

English declension[edit]

The article named English declension is really about Old English. It shouldn't be together with the rest. FilipeS 21:38, 5 June 2007 (UTC)

English nouns?[edit]

Looks like maybe it is time for a full article and a link here for English nouns (currently just a section in Noun. Facts707 (talk) 05:54, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

*′′′Agree′′′ with the above. Great work in grouping together the necessary types. My only recommendation further would be to include Verbs in the Parts of Speech list and have a collapsible list for these as well as possible to further clean this up. (talk) 17:15, 1 May 2019 (UTC)

RfC: Change template from {{Sidebar}} to {{Sidebar with collapsible lists}}[edit]

The consensus is that the sidebar should have collapsible lists and that per MOS:DONTHIDE the collapsible lists should not be auto-collapsed by default.

Cunard (talk) 04:34, 2 June 2019 (UTC)

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Should the sidebar have collapsible lists to make it easier to navigate? InvalidOStalk 14:20, 27 April 2019 (UTC)

Yes. Although at the moment most of the articles are about linguistic concepts more generally, including a few which barely feature in English. Meanwhile there's a whole category's worth of other things we could include. If we're keeping it, though, I think some good top-level sections would be Morphology, Parts of speech, Verbs (given the number of articles), Syntax, Orthography and Nonstandard grammarOther. We could also maybe have ones for Phonology (if we want to include it) and individual words like Than and Y'all which have their own article. Of the ones already in the sidebar I've tried to group those which I think should stay (please forgive the mess):

Morphology: Diminutives (in Australian English) Plurals Prefixes (in English) Suffixes (Frequentative)

Types of words: Acronyms Adjectives Adverbs Conjunctions Compounds Demonstrative Determiner English articles English honorifics Expletive Intensifier Interjections Interrogative words Portmanteau Possessives Prepositions Pronouns (case, person) Nouns

Verbs: Auxiliaries, contractions Mood (Conditional, Subjunctive, Imperative) Aspect Irregular verbs Modal verbs deduction habits and past facts Passive voice Phrasal verbs Verb usage

Syntax: Adjunct Argument (linguistics)? Clauses (in English) Copula (linguistics) Inversion Periphrasis Predicate?

Orthography: Abbreviations Comma Hyphen

Variant usages: Grammar disputes Double negatives

ReconditeRodent « talk · contribs » 19:27, 27 April 2019 (UTC)

I've been through the category (Category:English_grammar) and there are actually only a few things I think are worth adding since a lot is already covered by the top-level articles and it would be easy to inundate the sidebar with links to fairly short and not too important articles. That said, these are the things I would add:

ReconditeRodent « talk · contribs » 21:29, 27 April 2019 (UTC)

  • Yes, a long as they are not auto-collapsed by default, per MOS:DONTHIDE. While that's primarily about in-article ("main prose") content, and we make exceptions for navigational boxes, we shouldn't make one just to make one. It's an accessibility problem and, on mobile, a usability-at-all problem. Much can be done by grouping this stuff under template-internal heading (presumably also links, to broad-topic articles), and using concise inline "flat" lists instead of a space-wasting vertical one using a whole line even for one-word entries. If the sections within the template are made collapsible under conditions, that's okay. E.g. many of our page-bottom navboxes auto-collapse except for their title bar if the page has multiple navboxes. We should do the same with multiple sidebars. At some point, the usability/accessibility problem of the navigation being collapsed and not easily expandable for some people is outweighed by the page being overwhelmed with navigational linkage that distracts from the actual content.  — SMcCandlish ¢ 😼  23:21, 29 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Yes - its too unwieldy as it is now. But, SMcCandlish raises a good point that they should not be collapsed by default. --DannyS712 (talk) 05:15, 7 May 2019 (UTC)
  • Yes. Make use of the listNname parameters to allow expanding individual sections within the template. – Finnusertop (talkcontribs) 12:35, 14 May 2019 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.