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    wrong grammar

    Here, when someone commits a grammatical mistake and there is a grammar police nearby, the latter would say to the former:

    Wrong grammar! It should be or you should have said blah blah blah . . .

    But I had an English trainer who told us that it was an incorrect expression. He said that we should use ungrammatical instead. He said that in the scenario given, we should say:

    It's ungrammatical. You should have said blah blah blah . . .

    How does your grammar policemen correct people in the same scenario? I invite answers from all regions (UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc).

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    Re: wrong grammar

    I'd say the "grammar police", as you call them, would say "wrong grammar" but would write "ungrammatical" or "ungrammatically", depending on the sentence.

    The reason may very well be that "wong grammar" is far easier to pronounce than "ungrammatical", and if a "policeman" has had a couple beers at the pub with the guys... well, it's quite impossible to pronounce it, isn't it?

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    #3

    Re: wrong grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by polyglot View Post
    Here, when someone commits a grammatical mistake and there is a grammar police nearby, the latter would say to the former:

    Wrong grammar! It should be or you should have said blah blah blah . . .

    But I had an English trainer who told us that it was an incorrect expression. He said that we should use ungrammatical instead. He said that in the scenario given, we should say:

    It's ungrammatical. You should have said blah blah blah . . .

    How does your grammar policemen correct people in the same scenario? I invite answers from all regions (UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc).
    Obviously your teacher trained with the Lexical Police and not the Syntactic Police.

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