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Formatting Dialoge (1)

A conversation is like a ping-pong match. One person hits the ball, and then the other person hits the ball.

 

On the written page, each time a person hits the ball, start a new paragraph!

Wrong Correct

Brad said, "I'm hungry." Jill said, "You can eat my sandwich." Bill asked, "What kind is it?" Jill answered, "It's peanut butter and jelly."

Brad said, "I'm hungry."

Jill said, "You can eat my sandwich."

Bill asked, "What kind is it?"

Jill answered, "It's peanut butter and jelly."

 

Each time the ball flies over the net, hit the "Enter" key twice, to insert a blank line before the next person starts talking (assuming, of course, that you are formatting your paragrahs in "internet style").

This might look weird at first, until you get used to it. But trust me, it's correct.

Note:

  • When you write an essay, a good paragraph is 3–5 sentences long (with many exceptions, of course).
  • When you write dialogue, a paragraph could be as short as one word.
    • "Help!"

 

Instructions for the Quiz

You will be given a long paragraph of diaolgue that is formatted incorrectly. Your job is to fix the mistakes.

Start by copying and pasting the paragraph into the answer box.

Now correct the formatting by inserting a blank line between each speaker.

Example:

If you are given a paragraph that looks like this:

Edith asked, "Where were you last night?" Cory answerd, "I went to Jim's house to study." Edith said, "I don't believe you." Cory asked, "Why not?" Edith said, "Because I called Jim, and he said that he hadn't seen you all night." Cory said, "Okay, you caught me. But I only lied because I went shopping to buy you a birthday present." Edith asked, "Where is it?" Cory answered, "Well, I can't very well give it to you before your birthday, can I?" Edith asked, "Do you even know when my birthday is?" Cory replied, "It's January 24th, isn't it?" Edith said, "Wrong."

 

You should correct it by formatting it like this:

Edith asked, "Where were you last night?"

Cory answerd, "I went to Jim's house to study."

Edith said, "I don't believe you."

Cory asked, "Why not?"

Edith said, "Because I called Jim, and he said that he hadn't seen you all night."

Cory said, "Okay, you caught me. But I only lied because I went shopping to buy you a birthday present."

Edith asked, "Where is it?"

Cory answered, "Well, I can't very well give it to you before your birthday, can I?"

Edith asked, "Do you even know when my birthday is?"

Cory replied, "It's January 24th, isn't it?"

Edith said, "Wrong."