October 11th, 2007

really having a bad day

You know those days....?

The ones where you're sure nothing's going to go right, or the way you want it to? And even the little problems or bumps in the road make you want to run away screaming?

I'm having one of those. It's only 9am. Grrrr.

(but good excuse to use my new Colby icon)
words are sexy

Question: for those who know English grammar well

Okay, all. This is a grammar issue that I'm uncertain about--I've had it brought to my attention as incorrect by at least one beta and by (unless I'm fully retconning my memories here) one of my earliest writing teachers. I don't know where to look it up to determine exactly *how* incorrect (or not) it is, so I thought I'd ask you guys.

If you saw a sentence like this one, what would you think?

"Detective," the doctor said, "if you don't calm down, we're going to have to restrain you."

Is it correct as it stands? If not, why not? Do you have any links to descriptions of why or why not?

Your help is much appreciated. (I know have grammar mavens on my f-list. I've seen your icons. *g*)