Expression used in dialogue--Keep your nose clean.

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When writing fiction, characters may have unigue personalities, and their speech reflects who they are. In fiction, these invented people use expressions that expand the reader's understanding of them. The reader can identify and empathize with the characters which helps the story come alive. Characters in stories don't usually speak "text book" lingo. They use everyday words. I have included an interesting character in one of my stories. He's strong and domineering. Thinkin he is offering his nephew fatherly advice, he says,"Keep your nose clean!" It's a common expression that means stay out of trouble. Grammarly keeps noting the dialogue, suggesting that the sentence is mechanically incorrect. I do not agree. Does anyone care to comment about this? Maybe I'm missing something. Why is this considered wrong?

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Keep your nose clean.
asked Apr 27 '12 at 05:44 Kevin Knott New member

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