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Punctuating Dialogue (Part 3)

Here are some more ways to punctuate dialogue:

Tag in the Middle of the Dialogue

Dialogue can be interrupted by a tag and then resume in the same sentence. Place a comma inside the first set of quotation marks and put another one after the dialogue tag.

"He loved you," she said, "but you didn't care."

 

Separating this into two sentences also works. The first sentence will end with a period and the second will begin with a capital letter.

"He loved you," she said. "But you didn't care."

 

If you're going to put a dialog tag in the middle of someone's words, the logical place to put it is between two clauses (that is, in the middle of a compound sentence), or after an interjection. Study these examples:

  • "I love you," he said, "and I want to spend the rest of my life with you."
  • "I love you," he said. "And I want to spend the rest of my life with you."

 

  • "Wow," she said, "can you believe it?"
  • Wow!" she exclaimed. "Can you believe it?"

 

  • "Help," she cried, "I can't get up!"
  • "Help!" she cried. "I can't get up!"

 

  • "John," she asked, "are you really going to leave me?"
  • "John," she whispered. "Are you really going to leave me?"