bad grammar vs. poor grammar
May 30, 2008 11:53 AM Subscribe
Which expression is correct when describing grammatical mistakes: "bad grammar" or "poor grammar?"
posted by rinosaur to Writing & Language (7 answers total)
Every time I hear the phrase "bad grammar" to describe habitual grammatical errors, it strikes me as being incorrect as well. Is it just my ear, or is there some grammatical basis to using one over the other? Bad and poor are not synonyms as far as I know (e.g. a having a bad memory is not the same as having a poor memory). Are there different instances in which they might each be correct?