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Greibach normal form

A context-free grammar is in Greibach normal form (GNF) iff all production rules are of the form:
A -> αX
where A is a nonterminal symbol, α is a terminal symbol and X is (possibly empty) sequence of nonterminal symbols.

No grammar in GNF can generate the null string. Conversely, every context-free grammar which does not generate the null string can be transformed into an equivalent grammar in Greibach normal form. This can be used to prove that every context-free language can be accepted by a non-deterministic pushdown automaton.



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