gram·​mat·​i·​cal | \ grə-ˈma-ti-kəl How to pronounce grammatical (audio) \

Definition of grammatical

1 : of or relating to grammar
2 : conforming to the rules of grammar a grammatical sentence

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Other Words from grammatical

grammaticality \ grə-​ˌma-​tə-​ˈka-​lə-​tē How to pronounce grammatical (audio) \ noun
grammaticalness \ grə-​ˈma-​ti-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce grammatical (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web That’s how the most advanced language models, like OpenAI’s GPT-3, can learn to produce perfectly grammatical prose that manages to stay reasonably on topic. Gregory Barber, Wired, "Can an AI Predict the Language of Viral Mutation?," 14 Jan. 2021 The statement released Monday by Mrs. Trump was also rife with grammatical errors and typos, including a misspelling of the last name of a rioter who was fatally shot during the attack at the Capitol, Ashli Babbitt. New York Times, "On the Way Out, Melania Trump Denounces Attacks on Her as ‘Shameful’," 11 Jan. 2021 Read the cover letter aloud and check for spelling and grammatical errors or typos. Allison Pohle, WSJ, "How to Write a Cover Letter That Stands Out," 11 Nov. 2020 Words came out of her mouth askew; basic inductions, such as that the sun will rise tomorrow, no longer seemed to hold true; language as a whole, with its grammatical past, present, and future, was fatally compromised. Clair Wills, The New York Review of Books, "Learning to Grieve," 3 Nov. 2020 Roorda accepts no responsibility for the impressions of those who may be unattuned to that fine grammatical distinction. Sam Adler-bell, The New Republic, "How Police Unions Bully Politicians," 20 Oct. 2020 The deployment of the past tense, this grammatical suggestion that the job was done, had sneaked into the Governor’s speech as well. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Andrew Cuomo, the King of New York," 12 Oct. 2020 Doubts were raised about everything from the perfectly square shape of the fragment and the modern-looking script to a grammatical error in the Coptic text. David Conrads, The Christian Science Monitor, "The papyrus, the professor, and a scandal that ensnared Harvard Divinity School," 6 Oct. 2020 Tell me, Aristophanes, what are the problems that grammatical education is intended to remedy? Bryan A. Garner, National Review, "A New Socratic Dialogue: Part 2 of 3," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of grammatical

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grammatical

see grammar

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The first known use of grammatical was in 1530

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11 Feb 2021

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“Grammatical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of grammatical

: of or relating to grammar
: following the rules of grammar


gram·​mat·​i·​cal | \ grə-ˈma-ti-kəl How to pronounce grammatical (audio) \

Kids Definition of grammatical

: of, relating to, or following the rules of grammar

Other Words from grammatical

grammatically adverb

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