Giving Your Character Life
Through the Spoken Word©2012HappyEdugator Use quotation marks to enclose a direct quotation – a person’s exact words.
Our team leader says, “I try to practice every day.”
“Let’s go home,” Jeanne suggested.
©2012HappyEdugator A directly quoted sentence begins with a capital letter.
Mrs. Talbot said, “Please get a pencil.”
Kristina asked, “Is it my turn?”
©2012HappyEdugator Split dialogueWhen an expression identifying the speaker interrupts a quoted sentence, the second part of the quotation begins with a lowercase letter.
“Will you take care of my lawn and pets,” asked Mr. Franklin, “while I’m on vacation next month?”
* The expression identifying the speaker is called a speaker’s tag.©2012HappyEdugator Split DialogueIf a quoted sentence is divided, a comma usually follows the first part and comes before the second part.
“Oh,” Donna commented, “he’s probably just saying that because he’s never had a cat.”©2012HappyEdugator Quote at the Beginning…If a quotation mark comes at the beginning of a sentence, a comma, question mark, or exclamation point usually follows it.
“Dogs make better pets than cats do,” said Jared.
“Have you ever had a cat?” Emily asked.
“No, and I never will!” he replied.