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Punctuating Dialogue

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Shari Hedstrom

on 20 February 2013

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Punctuating Dialogue Use quotation marks to begin and end a direct quotation. Separate the quoted material from the dialogue tag by commas.


Do not use quotation marks to set off an indirect quotation. Place end marks or commas inside the end quotation mark.



If necessary, use a question mark or exclamation point instead of a comma. Mariah stated, "I want an elephant for my birthday." Each time a person speaks, begin a new paragraph. Mariah stomped her foot and demanded, "I want an elephant for my birthday!"

"Certainly, honey," her father replied. "Anything for my angel." Mariah shouted, "It's my birthday!" "I want an elephant for my birthday," Mariah repeated. Capitalize the first word of what the person says, even if it occurs in the middle of a larger sentence. Mariah's mother asked her husband, "Where are you planning on keeping this elephant?" Mariah proclaimed that it was her birthday. "Can I have one?" Mariah pleaded.
"Absolutely not!" declared her mother. When quotes are split, don't capitalize the second part. "Don't you realize," retorted her father, "that I'm not seriously getting her an elephant?" If a character directly quotes another, use double quotes for the main dialogue and single quotes for the quote-within-a-quote. Mariah's mother accused, "That's strange. I heard you promise your 'little angel' that you'd get her an elephant." When using dialogue, refrain from using "said" - select a more vivid word. Circle all the verbs used to replace "said." Select an appropriate verb to replace "said" in the following sentences. She said, "Close the freezer door before the ice cream melts."
He said, "I am innocent of the crime in which I've been accused!"
They said, "Trick or treat!"
She said, "Mark my words. You will regret what you said to me."
He said, "When is your birthday?"
She said, "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to break the lamp."
He said, "I was accepted to Texas A&M." Revisit your literary essay: -Add dialogue to develop your essay.
-Double-check that dialogue is punctuated correctly.
-Revise "said" out of your essay. Remove "be verbs" and replace with vivid verbs. The white water rafting trip was amazing.
He knew he would always remember this amazing trip.
She is pretty.
Her beauty radiated.
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