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Title: The Punctuation of Dialogue


1
The Punctuation of Dialogue
  • The following sentences illustrate the
    punctuation and capitalization rules for dialogue
    and speech tags, with the trouble spots
    highlighted in red, spacing exaggerated to show
    where spaces go
  • Mary said, "Good afternoon."
  • "Good afternoon, said Roger.
  • Roger said, "Good afternoon, then left the
    room.
  • "Ladies and gentlemen," said Roger, "good
    afternoon."

2
The Punctuation of Dialogue
  • Periods and commas go inside the quotation marks
    other punctuation -- semicolons, question marks,
    dashes, and exclamation points -- goes outside
    unless it directly pertains to the material
    within the quotes.
  • "Where did that come from?" she asked.
  • Did he say, "We should all go to the movies"?
  • "Incredible!" shouted the sports fan.

3
The Punctuation of Dialogue
  • If you want to show a character thinking words to
    herself or himself, without actually speaking
    them aloud, follow the same punctuation and
    capitalization rules but do not use the quotation
    marks
  • Mary thought, This is going to be a rough
    journey.
  • This trip to Anchorage is going to blow, he
    thought.
  • Where did that come from? she wondered.

4
Dialogue Example
  • "What's the capital of Spain?" Jerry asked,
    pausing over his crossword puzzle. Susan looked
    up from her book and rolled her eyes.
  • Madrid, duh."
  • "Why are you so sarcastic all the time?
  • Jerry slammed his pencil on table. He looked
    like he was going to cry. I don't think I can
    take much more of this."

5
Dialogue Example
  • The phone rang, and Jerry picked it up.
  • "Hello?" There was a moment of silence on the
    other end.
  • "Is this Jerry Simmons?" a male voice asked.
  • "Yeah. Who is this?"
  • The man paused. Jerry could hear him take a deep
    breath.
  • "Jerry, my name is Dave. Im your brother.
  • "If this is a prank, it isnt funny, Jerry
    said. My family died a long time ago."
  • Not your whole family, Dave said.
  • Jerry hung up the phone.
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