is a modern (20c) term for the application of a grammatical rule, especially in sensitive areas of usage, in a case where it is not appropriate. Examples are (1) the use of a pronoun form I, he, etc., instead of me, him, etc., e.g. ☒ It is time for you and I to have a talk on the analogy of It is time you and I had a talk, and (2) use of as instead of like as a preposition, e.g. ☒ He talks as a fool, influenced by the preference for as when used as a conjunction: He talks as a fool talks.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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