Dialogue

By: Morgan, Sabrina, Lindsay, Elizabeth

The Right Way

Periods and commas go inside of the quotations.

Example: "Carl loved to eat cheese."

Question marks go inside of the quotations only if it is a direct question asked in the story, not part of a question that the author thinks about.

Example:


John asked, "Why did Sam hide the cookie?"


Did he say, "Why did Sam hide the cookie?"

Sam said, "Why aren't you working?"

Carl replied, "Because this is a boring worksheet."

"I guess you'll get a bad grade then," replied Sam irritated.

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The Wrong Way

Most people make the mistake of putting the period after the quotation mark. (".)

This is incorrect. Whenever embedding quotes or dialogue, you need to make sure to put the quotations in the correct spot.

"i don't like homework", said Jenna

The "i" isn't capitalized


The comma is after the quotations


There is no period at the end

Ava replied "neither do I"!

There isn't a comma after "replied"


The quotation is inside of the exclamation mark

Jenna asked curiously, "maybe we can cheat"?

The quotation is inside of the question mark

Ava shook her head quickly, "No way"!

The quotations are inside of the question mark

Extra Stuff

If you were to quote something inside of the quotations, you should NOT put more quotations inside of the quotations.


You must capitalize the beginning of the sentence in the quotations.


Wrong Way Example:

"Robbie, she asked me if I, "would like to come along." Is this a date?"


Right Way Example:

"Robbie, she asked me if I, 'Would like to come along.' Is this a date?"

Practice Yourself!

1.) "Carla wants McDonalds but I want to go to Taco Bell," said Sara.

Right or wrong? If wrong, what is it?

2.) Julie yelled, "I want the cookie!"

Right or wrong? If wrong, what is it?

3.) Joe quietly whispered to Jack, "I know what you did"!

Right or wrong? If wrong, what is it?

4.) "Why can't you come to my party on Friday?" asked Carly.

Right or wrong? If wrong, what is it?

5.) Lindsay asked curiously, "Should I get the chicken or the steak"?

Right or wrong? If wrong, what is it?

6.) I love tacos, said Susan

Right or wrong? If wrong, what is it?

7.) My favorite color is blue!" yelled James

Right or wrong? If wrong, what is it?

8.) Jesse questioned "Maybe I shouldn't steel this phone"

Right or wrong? If wrong, what is it?

9.) "My favorite show is Sesame Street!" said Caleb with a smile on his face.

Right or wrong? If wrong, what is it?

10.) "I sure do love pie." said Sam.

Right or wrong? If wrong, what is it?