Using Quotation Marks in Dialogue Dialogue
What is dialogue? • Conversation between two or more people What? Yes. You don’t say… I can’t hear!
What is an “Expression”? • Three categories of expressions- Introductory, Concluding, and Interrupting. • An Expression identifies the speaker of a quotation. • Example: he said, Bekki asked, John wondered
Introductory Expression • Example: 1. Teddy’s father whispered, “Sit still, Teddy. You mustn’t move.” 2. She fluttered in front of Nagaina and cried out oh my wing is broken! The boy threw a stone at me and broke it • Put a comma after the expression • Capitalize the 1st letter of the quote.
Concluding Expression • With a concluding expression, end the quote with a comma, question mark, or exclamation mark inside the quotation marks. • Then write the expression followed by a period.
Concluding Expressions (Cont.) • Example: 1. “Yes, you will go away and you will never come back,” cried Rikki-tikki. 2. Behind you! Look behind you sang Darzee * Notice that the Concluding Expressions do not begin with capital letters.
Interrupting Expression • When the quote is interrupted, end the first part of the quote with a comma and a quotation mark. • Put a comma after the expression, and then use a new set of quotation marks for the rest of the quote.
Interrupting Expression (Cont.) • Example: 1. “No,” said his mother, “let’s take him in and dry him. Perhaps he isn’t really dead.” 2. Look at your eggs said Rikki-tikki in the melon bed near the wall
Paragraphing Dialogue • New paragraph each time you change speakers “What’s the matter?” asked Rikki-tikki. “We are very miserable,” said Darzee. “One of our babies fell out of the nest yesterday, and Nag ate him.” “H’m!” said Rikki-tikki, “that is very sad – but I am a stranger here. Who is Nag?” • This is three different paragraphs because each time someone different starts talking, you start a new paragraph.
Paragraphing Dialogue “Don’t kill me,” said Chuchundra, almost weeping. “Rikki-tikki don’t kill me.” “Do you think a snake killer kills muskrats,” said Rikki-tikki scornfully. “Those who kill snakes get killed by snakes,” said Chuchundra more sorrowfully than ever. “There’s not the least danger,” said Rikki-tikki.
Other Reminders • Single quotation marks to enclose a quotation within a quotation “What poem begins ‘Sing to me, muse’?” asked Carol.