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Direct Speech Punctuation. Look at the punctuation in this: A man walked into a doctor’s surgery with an apple on his head. “What seems to be the problem?” asked the doctor. “Well,” replied the apple, “I’ve got this growth on my bottom.”.

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Look at the punctuation in this:A man walked into a doctor’s surgery with an apple on his head.“What seems to be the problem?” asked the doctor.“Well,” replied the apple, “I’ve got this growth on my bottom.”


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Notice the speech marks around what is actually said.“What seems to be the problem?” asked the doctor.



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What was actually said?What seems to be the problem?


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So this is what we put the speech marks around. “What seems to be the problem?”



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IMPORTANT!There must always be some kind of punctuation before the second set of speech marks!


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Let’s look at that joke again.A man walked into a doctor’s surgery with an apple on his head.“What seems to be the problem?” asked the doctor.“Well,” replied the apple, “I’ve got this growth on my bottom.”


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Look at the way the text is set out.A man walked into a doctor’s surgery with an apple on his head.“What seems to be the problem?” asked the doctor.“Well,” replied the apple, “I’ve got this growth on my bottom.”


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Can you see that each time someone new speaks you have to start a new line?A man walked into a doctor’s surgery with an apple on his head.“What seems to be the problem?” asked the doctor.“Well,” replied the apple, “I’ve got this growth on my bottom.”


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IMPORTANT! start a new line?Remember that a new speaker starts a new line!(This is good news because it makes it look like you have written more on your page!)


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Now look at who said the speech. start a new line?A man walked into a doctor’s surgery with an apple on his head.“What seems to be the problem?” asked the doctor.“Well,” replied the apple, “I’ve got this growth on my bottom.”


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Notice that after a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark you don’t need to start with a capital letter.(Strange huh?)“What seems to be the problem?” asked the doctor.


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If, like this one, you have who said it in the middle of the speech, don’t forget to put in a comma before you start the speech again. “Well,” replied the apple, “I’ve got this growth on my bottom.”


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Now it is your turn! speech, don’t forget to put in a comma before you start the speech again.Let’s look at another joke and see if we can put in the direct speech punctuation.


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Knock, knock said Shanice Who’s there replied Dean Genoa giggled Shanice Genoa who? asked Dean Genoa good teacher laughed Shanice


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It’s hard to read without the punctuation isn’t it? giggled Shanice Genoa who? asked Dean Genoa good teacher laughed Shanice


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Let’s start by putting in a new giggled Shanice Genoa who? asked Dean Genoa good teacher laughed Shaniceline for a new speaker. Knock, knock said Shanice Who’s there replied Dean Genoa giggled Shanice Genoa who? asked Dean Genoa good teacher laughed Shanice


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Knock, knock said Shanice giggled Shanice Genoa who? asked Dean Genoa good teacher laughed ShaniceWho’s there replied Dean Genoa giggled Shanice Genoa who? asked Dean Genoa good teacher laughed Shanice


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Great! It’s easier to read already! giggled Shanice Genoa who? asked Dean Genoa good teacher laughed ShaniceKnock, knock said Shanice Who’s there replied Dean Genoa giggled Shanice Genoa who? asked Dean Genoa good teacher laughed Shanice


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Now let’s think about putting speech marks around what is actually said.Knock, knock said Shanice Who’s there replied Dean Genoa giggled Shanice Genoa who? asked Dean Genoa good teacher laughed Shanice


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Now let’s think about putting speech marks around what is actually said.“Knock, knock” said Shanice “Who’s there” replied Dean “Genoa” giggled Shanice“Genoa who?” asked Dean “Genoa good teacher” laughed Shanice


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The next stage is to make sure we have punctuation before we close the speech marks. “Knock, knock,” said Shanice “Who’s there?” replied Dean “Genoa,” giggled Shanice “Genoa who?” asked Dean “Genoa good teacher,” laughed Shanice


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Lastly we need to make sure all our sentences have full stops at the end. “Knock, knock,” said Shanice.“Who’s there?” replied Dean. “Genoa,” giggled Shanice. “Genoa who?” asked Dean.“Genoa good teacher,” laughed Shanice.



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