April 8th, 2011

grammar time

Blast From the Past! Round Up: Punctuating In and Around Dialogue

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This week's topic is punctuation, specifically how it interacts with dialogue:

First, we have links to our Grammar 101 articles about basic punctuation:

Grammar 101: Punctuation, Part 1 (periods, question marks, exclamation points, semicolons, and colons)
written by skroberts

Grammar 101: Punctuation, Part 3 (hyphens, en dashes, slashes, quotation marks, and apostrophes)
written by green_grrl

A common problem is where the commas go in dialogue tags (the he said, she said part of the sentence). This article lays out the rules:

Answer: Comma Use in Dialogue Tags
written by melayneseahawk

If you're looking for more advanced punctuation, take a look at these two:

Answer: How do you punctuate high emotion?
written by melayneseahawk

Answer: What is the correct punctuation for speech that "trails off"?
written by theemdash

If you have any other questions about punctuation and dialogue, don't hesitate to take them to our Ask a Question post.