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How do you punctuate quoted speech in English?
Rules and Examples
Punctuation rule #1
Use quotation marks (“) to surround the exact words someone says, asks, or interjects. You can find the quotation mark symbol on the French keyboard on the number 2 key.
Punctuation rule #2
Place exclamation marks (!) or question marks (?) inside your quotation marks (“).
Example: “Get off!” she spat. “Who me?” he asked.
Punctuation rule #3
To join quoted speech to he said or an alternative, use a comma (,).
INCORRECT: “Hi” she said.
CORRECT: “Hi,” she said.
Punctuation rule #4
Each speaker gets his or her own paragraph. Don’t forget to indent paragraphs using the tab key.
- Practice Finding Quoted Speech Punctuation Errors.
- Practice Correcting Quoted Speech Punctuation Errors.