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Teacher Tips and Answers

Punctuating Dialogue

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Use quotation marks around the exact words of a speaker. Use a comma to set off the quotation from the rest of the sentence.

Darius asked, "What are these gold plastic tubes for, Huan?"

Do not use quotation marks or a comma with indirect quotations.

Darius asked Huan what the gold plastic tubes were for.

Introduce a quotation with an attribution verb like "said" or "asked." The attribution can also interrupt or follow the speaker's words.

Huan replied, "Maybe they are part of a tuba or sousaphone."

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