For example, following common formatting I've seen in English style guides:

He went to the shops


Him went to the shops *

Or maybe italicizing bad sentences:

He went the shops

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It's common practice in linguistic circles to mark a sentence ungrammatical with an asterisk, and of questionable grammaticality with a question mark.

  • "He went to the shops."
  • *"Him went to to the shops."
  • ?"He goed to the shops." really contrived, but I hope you understand that I didn't have time to think of something better ;)

Anyway, I'm absolutely for this, and it should be part of the faq.


Although it's not very readable, we can strike out the sentence.

Him went to the shops.

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