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How to Punctuate Dialogue

How to Punctuate Dialogue
December 8, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill last modified April 18, 2016 The PDF Punctuation in Dialogue ($0.99) and The Magic of Fiction (available in paperback and PDF) both contain expanded and updated versions of this material. Dialogue h as its own rules for punctuation. Commas go in particular places, as do terminal marks such as periods and question marks. Only what is spoken is within the quotation marks. Dialogue begins with a capitalized word, no matter where in the sentence it begins. Only direct dialogue requires quotation marks. Direct: “She was a bore,” he said.Indirect: He said [that] she was a bore. Here are some of the rules, with examples. Single line of dialogue, no dialogue tagThe entire sentence, including the period (or question mark or exclamation point) is within the quotation marks. “He loved you.” Single line with dialogue tag (attribution) following The dialogue is enclosed in quotation marks. “He loved you,” she said. She said, “He loved you.” “He loved you?”

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