Demeter wrote:I1. "I'm coming," said Joan, "don't be so impatient."2. "I'm coming," said Joan. "Don't be so impatient."Funnily enough, both of these are correct. Note that in number 1, the first letter of the second quote is not capitalized, because there's a comma after 'Joan'. If we take 'said Joan,' away, the line would be:"I'm coming, don't be so impatient." As you can see, there's only one sentence. And we wouldn't capitalize the 'don't' now, would we?Whereas number 2 has a period after 'said Joan', and without this speech tag, we would have:"I'm coming. Don't be so impatient." Now there are two sentences! It's almost like magic!They look different, but they're still both right!
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