from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not in accord with the rules of grammar.
- adj. Not in accord with standard or socially prestigious linguistic usage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. In violation of one or more of the rules and conventions of a language as defined by the grammar, resulting in unacceptable, or incorrect usage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not according to the established rules of grammar.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not grammatical; not conforming to the rules of grammar or accepted usage
The fourth sentence should sound ungrammatical which is what the asterisk means.
Coverdale's translation is not "ungrammatical" as far as the Hebrew language is concerned, notwithstanding that it was rejected in the reign of James I. ¤lechem¤, "bread," is evidently the accusative noun to the transitive verb ¤yiten¤, "He shall give."
What seems so horribly wrong about Palin's speech is that it borrows the strngth of demotic English, not to express thought forcefully - as ordinary, even "ungrammatical" English can do - but to cover for dishonesty and moral aridity.
Notice the puckish use of "betwixt" and the ungrammatical "Ag and I."
You know, the more I look at it, the less ungrammatical “the meaning of words do change over time” seems.
To Russians, Mr. Chernomyrdin was also an amusing source of spontaneous aphorisms — some witty, some ungrammatical, some both — that belied his dour demeanor and seemed to define the confusions of a turbulent era.
Like everybody else, Id just be staring at a laptop all day or poking at my phone, sending misspelled, ungrammatical instant messages to fellow nonreaders.
By the same token, TG grammarians will reject forms as being ungrammatical even when they are commonly attested (one of the texts I consulted disallows the sentence John bought what? for example).
However ungrammatical his speech might have been, however uninterested he might be in reading anything beyond the past performances of horses, Borel was at ease as he talked with dignitaries.
In it, he exposes the ungrammatical and illogical teaching practice of his day and even later, as I recall.
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