I'm trying to write my first book. In it, the protagonist has Asperger syndrome. It was going well until I encountered this sentence (the boy is confessing to another person) and became confused.

Is it a coherent sentence? Are there any other appropriate ways to say this?

  • I see a perfectly good answer below, but you say it's not the answer you're seeking. Perhaps you can clarify what problem you're having with the sentence? – anongoodnurse Feb 2 '14 at 9:28
  • I expected an explicit answer. – Nick Feb 2 '14 at 9:29
  • That answer doesn't help. If you can't clarify, we can't help you. – anongoodnurse Feb 2 '14 at 9:30
  • *"I have autism/Asperger syndrome (with or without the apostrophe)/ADAH/.."*etc. You can shorten the phrase to: "I have Asperger's" and it will be understood. – Mari-Lou A Feb 2 '14 at 9:36
  • But is it appropriate to say "Asperger syndrome" in British English? – Nick Feb 2 '14 at 9:44

In Britain we would say Asperger's syndrome.

Presumably you have read Mark Haddon's 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' (2003), a novel dealing with the very subject upon which you are embarking, a teenage boy who has severe Asperger's syndrome. The book is currently adapted as a stage play in the West End, and has apparently been a great support to parents of children with the condition.

I would think it is essential reading to someone about to embark on a similar project.

Has anyone close to you been affected by Asperger's?

  • My first cousin has severe Asperger's syndrome, thanks for pointing out how it's said in Britian, my first language isn't English. But this does not, however, answer my question. – Nick Feb 2 '14 at 9:20
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    Your question was whether 'I have Asperger syndrome' is grammatically correct, wasn't it? Well, yes, it's perfectly correct,except for the apostrophe and the .. s. What is your first language, Nick? – WS2 Feb 2 '14 at 9:28
  • It's Spanish. I failed to comprehend your answer when I first read it, I didn't know you implied the answer, my apologies. – Nick Feb 2 '14 at 9:42
  • @Nick read Mark Haddon, you will find the book very interesting. – WS2 Feb 2 '14 at 10:30
  • I took your advice and went through the book. You were right, its theme is similar to that of mine's. On the plus side, it also has some vocabulary that would fit perfectly. And now I can handle that other matter without hassle. – Nick Feb 9 '14 at 20:49

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