Writing Skills















Punctuating Dialogue (Part 1)

A line of direct dialogue typically has two parts:

John said, "My dog is thirsty."

    1. John said = the dialogue tag (attribution)
    2. My dog is thirsty = the spoken words (the line of dialogue)

There are several ways to punctuate dialogue. Here is the first:

Tag Before the Dialogue

Mary said, "We are going to be late."


Note the following points: