Thursday, April 27, 2017

punctuation with direct speech

Direct speech is placed within quotation marks. The speech must end with a comma, period, exclamation point, or question mark. These are placed before the end quotation mark. If the direct speech does not begin a sentence, it is set off with a comma after the preceding word.

Correct Larry said, “The bill is due today.”
Correct “The bill is due today,” Larry said.
Correct “I got a new car!” Cynthia squealed.
Correct Angie asked, “Are you going to the mall?”
Correct “Now that you mention it,” he pondered aloud, “I think you may be right.”
Correct “Please join me for dinner,” Jeff said. “I’d like to continue our discussion.”

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