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Dialogue - Punctuation & Rules

Punctuating Dialogue
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Margaret Eissler

on 30 September 2014

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Transcript of Dialogue - Punctuation & Rules

Dialogue
Words spoken by characters in a story
Dialogue needs special punctuation
without punctuation:
with punctuation:
Clarity!
How to make it clear:
Quotation Marks:
On both sides of what a speaker says
opening & closing

"These are quotation marks!"
ID Tags:
to clarify who is speaking
before, during, or after the quote
not needed during an entire conversation
A student near the front of the room yells Mr. White! The teacher looks at the student in disbelief, collects himself, and asks what's our procedure for speaking in class? The student raises his hand and says sorry. The teacher says oh, you must have a question or comment. What can I do for you? The student says I'm not sure how to do #3. The teacher walks over and helps the student.
A student near the front of the room yells, "Mr. White!"

The teacher looks at the student in disbelief, collects himself, and asks, "What's our procedure for speaking in class?"

The student raises his hand and says, "Sorry."

The teacher says, "Oh, you must have a question or comment. What can I do for you?"

The student says, "I'm not sure how to do #3." The teacher walks over and helps the student.
7th grade language arts students are working on an assignment. A student near the front of the room yells, "Mr. White!"

The teacher looks at the student in disbelief, collects himself, and asks, "What's our procedure for speaking in class?"

"Sorry," the student says and raises his hand.

"Oh, you must have a question or comment," says the teacher, "what can I do for you?"

The student says, "I'm not sure how to do #3." The teacher walks over and helps the student.
Punctuation:
Commas, etc. at the end of a quote go inside the quotes
Commas that introduce a quote stay outside the quotes
Start each quote with a capital letter (unless it's after an ID tag in the middle of a quote)
Paragraphs:
Start a new paragraph for each new speaker
A speaker's dialogue can be a part of another full paragraph, but cannot be in the same paragraph of another speaker's lines
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