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Punctuation within Dialogue
Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:44 am
Slightly updated! I added a section about whether to place the comma inside or outside the quotation marks.
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Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:03 pm
Thanks for this, Demi! It's a great reference 8D
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Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:20 am
Thanks for the very helpful advice!It really helps me on my novel:)
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Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:32 pm
thank you for the informations ,it was really helpfull
Sat Jul 06, 2013 11:16 pm
"Thanks," he said. "Your post really helped me figure out how to punctuate correctly."
He checked himself before continuing. "I was a little unsure if what I was doing was the right thing, but it looked right and now I can continue confidently."
"I also have this link," he finished, "which is related to the material at hand and has often been helpful for me."
Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:06 pm
Great info. It's funny that you said example two regarding the comma placement was the British way of doing it, because I'm English yet I was always taught to put the comma within the speech marks, like in example one.
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Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:52 am
Nice that this resource exists. I found this webpage that explains further dialogue punctuation, including dialogue interrupted by action/thought, quoting within dialogue, dialogue abruptly cut off etc. I wasn't sure where to share the link but here seems to be a good place~
more punctuation in dialogue
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