Definition of ungrammatical in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnɡrəˈmatɪk(ə)l/


Not conforming to grammatical rules: ungrammatical sentences
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  • Many also believe that they can rely on their own introspection to provide samples of clearly grammatical and clearly ungrammatical sentences that would be adequate for compiling and testing the rules.
  • But there would appear to be an infinite number of both grammatical and ungrammatical sentences.
  • Can a sentence be ungrammatical in isolation, but grammatical in context?



Pronunciation: /ʌnɡrəmatɪˈkalɪti/
noun (plural ungrammaticalities)
Example sentences
  • The ungrammaticality shows nothing about whether or not preposition stranding ordinarily sounds ungrammatical.
  • Stipulations of ungrammaticality are problematic in a usage-based model such as Cognitive Grammar.
  • This doesn't seem to be a matter of complete ungrammaticality, since some of the hits certainly seem perfectly fine to me.


Pronunciation: /ʌnɡrəˈmatɪk(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • Why has a laudable achievement such as this not been highlighted as part of the ongoing tourism campaign which is somewhat ungrammatically named ‘Uniquely Singapore’?
  • ‘The media is not a mirror of the culture,’ she fumed, nonsensically and ungrammatically, when asked about the popularity of shows like Queer Eye.
  • Something happened to my fluency in the weeks I missed in the middle of the year: I left a tongued-tied speaker and returned quite happy to babble at will, however ungrammatically.


Example sentences
  • So I see the perversion of punctuation as part of our long, slow descent into ungrammaticalness.
  • The teacher's use of emotion, colloquialism, and the natural ungrammaticalness of spontaneous speech, all combine to make ASR accuracy very low on this type of speech.
  • Black English loses its ungrammaticalness when reclassified as a Creole tongue, meshing the input from Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

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