While browsing through the tag, I noticed there were a lot of comparisons, and that some of the questions were tagged , so I thought I might propose to add a "particle-choice" tag, and to remove the tag for differences between particles (but only if there isn't also an aspect of the question which is about the differences between words, and if the question isn't about the differences between words and particles. In such cases both "word-choice" and "particle-choice" would be used.)

These are the following questions which would probably be affected, which is a fairly large number.

As usual, vote up for agree and down for disagree.

(Please note I only glanced through them, so I might've added some mistakenly. If you see any which have been, please add a comment or edit the list directly.)

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    At first, the idea sounded good to me, but as I looked through your list, I noticed some of them are not particles. I am concerned that these cases do not fit under "particle choice", and "word choice" will have more generality. But still, It makes sense to have a tag for choice among functional/closed class words.
    – user458
    Apr 24, 2012 at 12:41
  • @sawa if you see any which shouldn't be there, or you can think of a better way of classifying etc, feel free to edit. There are some there which I think should probably still retain "word-choice" even if this change were to take place as well.
    – cypher
    Apr 24, 2012 at 12:57

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There are many many words, but not as many particles. It is more useful to just tag the question with the individual particle tags than a generic one. Looking at does not give us much more information about what the question is.

You may argue the same thing for in the same line of thought as in "Then why doesn't each word get its own tag? Looking at does not give us much more information about what the question is either". Well my reason is that there are just too many words to account for. And words are usually compared within a specific context, while particles are used in every sentence and deserve individual tags.

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    I'm not proposing that questions not be tagged with individual particle tags, it would be in addition. You could browse through e.g. particle-ni to find differences between the ni particle and others, but I think there's a fair amount of noise, and it's not all in one place. But either way I'm finding this list itself pretty useful, so I'm happy whether the proposal succeeds or not I guess :D
    – cypher
    Apr 25, 2012 at 1:16
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    I disagree because I think that choosing the right particle is the most difficult part of mastering grammar. Sometimes I swear that "ni" and "de" change meaning depending on the weather patterns on Mars...Also, as you can see by the list, we already have a pretty good number of questions, I don't think it would go unappreciated to have this tag. Apr 26, 2012 at 0:50
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    My point is that if a question compares "ni" with "de", then it will invariably be tagged with "particle-ni" and "particle-de" anyway; it does not have much significance to add one more "particle-choice" to the already existing tags on the question. If I wanted to find a comparison between "ni" and "de" I would simply run a query using the two tags, including or disincluding "particle-choice" would not make the query more or less specific.
    – Flaw Mod
    Apr 27, 2012 at 11:03
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    I think that if someone was having trouble specifically with choosing "ni" vs "de", browsing thru "particle-ni"/"de" would be OK I guess. The reason I proposed is that I think for people who're wondering in general "what's the difference between the particles?" and want to casually browse through (as I did) I think it'd be easier if there was a "particle-choice" (or similar) tag.
    – cypher
    May 1, 2012 at 23:45

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