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Punctuating Dialogue. Never make a mistake again. Quotation Marks. “Fred, I want you to take that new truck back to the dealership,” Mary snarled, “right now!” “No way will you get me to,” Fred paused, “ return that truck.” Only the words spoken are surrounded by quotation marks. .

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Punctuating Dialogue

Never make a mistake again


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Quotation Marks

  • “Fred, I want you to take that new truck back to the dealership,” Mary snarled, “right now!”

  • “No way will you get me to,” Fred paused, “ return that truck.”

    Only the words spoken are surrounded by quotation marks.


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Keep the punctuation marks inside the quotation marks

  • “ So help me, if you don’t take that truck back I’ll leave you”! Mary screamed.

  • “Promise me?” Fred taunted.

    Which one is correct?


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An uninterrupted speech needs quotation marks only at the beginning and the end.

  • “My mother was right. I never should have married you. You only ever think of yourself and I’m always the one who has to suffer.”

  • “Oh cry me a river.” ” I’m the one who came out on the losing end of this marriage!” “Why didn’t you listen to your mother?”

    Which one is correct?


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Start a new paragraph each time the speaker changes.

  • “You can be so cruel some times!” Mary wailed.

  • “Oh I suppose you’ll go crying to your mother now,” Fred sighed.

  • “At least she understands me,” sobbed Mary.


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When only two people are talking you do not have to keep using their names.

  • “I understand how you feel, alright?”

  • “You do?”

  • “Aw baby, you know I do.”

  • “And do you love me?”

  • “Of course I do Snugglelips.”

  • “So you’ll take the truck back Sugarplum?”

  • “Over my dead body!”


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