She shuddered a sigh.
Word would tell you that sentence is wrong. The reason it gives for the green under-squiggles making a blot on my lovely page of words is “verb confusion.” Usually this roadblock to the next great novel would have me sighing in a longsuffering way and tweaking the sentence until Word was appeased. But I left it. That’s right! I looked straight at that green squiggle and said, “Don’t tell me how to write! I’m the author here, you foolish thing!”
I’m counting on the fact that someone reading that line will be involved in the story enough to know what I mean and not pick at grammar rules. And if that isn’t the case I’ve strayed somewhere in the story long before leaving known errors in the narrative.
I wholeheartedly believe in proper grammar. I believe you should know the rules before you break them and if break them you must, do it knowingly and right.
The verbs may be confused, but are you?
Haven’t you ever shuddered a sigh?
Tell me about your favorite rule of grammar to break. I’m feeling defiant this afternoon. ;)