rule of grammar


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Noun1.rule of grammar - a linguistic rule for the syntax of grammatical utterances
linguistic rule, rule - (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice
transformation - a rule describing the conversion of one syntactic structure into another related syntactic structure
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Qatar, hardly a hotbed of football, but most definitely a hotbed of hotbeds, also stands accused of running roughshod over the rights of workers and of ignoring the sacred rule of grammar that says a 'u' must come after a 'q.
The birds reacted to only one of the four jumbled versions, called SEQ2, as if they noticed it violated some rule of grammar, whereas the other three remixes didn't.
Then there's the nitty-gritty the relentless search for smooth syntax, for gender-neutral language, for subject-verb agreement (a surprisingly difficult rule of grammar to enforce), and the checking of facts, citations, quotations, names.