Using Dialogue really makes writing interesting. Quotation marks surround the words that are being spoken.

        

There are rules for using quotation marks.


1. Begin quotations with a capital letter.
 

2. If the quote comes before the person who spoke and tells something, place a comma after the quote, before the closing quotation mark.

Example: "The world is a very big place with seven continents and four oceans," the teacher told the class    

3. If the quote comes after the person who spoke and tells something, place the comma after the person who spoke, before the opening quotation mark.

  Example: Chad explained, "We live on the continent of North America."

4. If the quote comes before the person who spoke and asks something, place the question mark after the quote, before the closing quotation mark.

Example: "Is North America a large continent?" Jane asked.

5. If the quote comes after the person who spoke and asks something, place the question mark after the quote, before the closing quotation mark.

Example: Mr. Pantane responded, "Why don't you look it up?"

6. If the quote comes before the person who spoke and shows strong emotion, place the exclamation mark after the quote, before the closing quotation mark. 

 Example: "I know, I know!" James exclaimed.

7. If the quote comes after the person who spoke and asks something, place the exclamation mark after the quote, before the closing quotation mark.

Example: Mary interrupted excitedly, "I know that North America is the third largest continent!"

8. A quote separated by the person who spoke is called a split quotation. Begin the first part of a split quotation with a capital letter, and end with a comma. Begin the second part of a split quotation with a lower case letter. Enclose both parts of the split quotation with quotation marks.

Example: "OK class," said the teacher, "tomorrow we will use the computer and learn more about continents."


 

Now let's practice using quotation marks!

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