I am writng in dialect but its rejected.

See example:

I told Jesse, "man, there ain't no such thing as Santa Claus, we ain't even got a chimney."
asked Jan 11 '14 at 04:24 Shelley Fisher New member

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Of course, Shelley.  It is a grammar checker.  It is going to check for correct grammar and spelling.  You are writing the dialogue in something other than proper English, so it will flag it.  If your character was speaking French, it would flag it as well. 


When writing dialogue, you can take poetic license and do anything you want to do.  Aside from the dialect, you do have some basic problems, though.  The first word after the beginning quotation mark should always be capitalized.  Your quote includes two independent clauses.  They should each be a sentence, so the comma after Claus should be a period.


I told Jesse, "Man, there ain't no such thing as Santa Claus. We ain't even got a chimney."

link comment answered Jan 11 '14 at 05:34 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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