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|Examples (grammatically correct transformation)|
He came, didn't he? for
|Examples (grammatically incorrect substitution)|
We was robbed for
enallage (plural enallages)
- (uncountable, rhetoric) Transformation from one grammatically correct form to another.
- (uncountable, rhetoric) The substitution of one grammatical form for another that violates a grammatical rule.
1851, Goold Brown, The Grammar of English Grammars:
- And when all men shall have adopted this enallage, the fault indeed will be banished, or metamorphosed, but with it will go an other sixth part of every English conjugation.
- (rhetoric, countable) An application of enallage.