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2.Speech marks go around the bits of asentence actually being spoken.Hello,Blab!Hello, Blob!What a surpriseseeing youhere!“Hello, Blab!” exclaimed Blob.“Hello, Blob!” replied Blab. “What asurprise seeing you here!”
3.We also need to put somepunctuation at the end of eachpiece of dialogue before weclose the speech marks - ! ? , .“Do you believe it?” Charlie asked.“I don’t believe it!” cried Kate.“Believe it or not,” Ben shrugged, “it’s true.”Amy nodded. “I believe it.”
4.Where should the speech marksand closing punctuation go inthese sentences?a. Would you like a sweet Tom asked.“Would you like a sweet?” Tom asked.b. I’d love to come to your party Sam exclaimed.“I’d love to come to your party!” Samexclaimed.c. That was a really sad story sniffed John.“That was a really sad story,” sniffed John.d. If you’d like it Alice murmured have it.“If you’d like it,” Alice murmured, “have it.”
5.We also need to start a new lineevery time a differentcharacter speaks.“Hello, Mr. Batt!” called James.“Hello there!” replied Mr. Batt.“How are you feeling today?” James asked,stopping at Mr. Batt’s gate.“I’m fine, thanks James,” smiled Mr. Batt,“just no more football for a while!”
6.Oh. I’vealways wantedmy own kitten.Remember, itwon’t stay akitten forlong!Try to turnthis speechintodialogue.
7.Now, youneed to thinkabout thespeech too.
8.Now, thinkabout thespeech inthis
9.Try punctuatingthis dialogue:Bodget and Brown looked hard at thechimney. It was leaning a very long wayover. It will have to be pulled down saidBodget, as he and the constable looked upat the chimney. It can not be left in thatstate said the constable. You had better getstarted. I have told Mrs. Worth about it. Wewill go and get some ladders and scaffoldingfrom the lorry said Bodget and off he went.
10.Now, check your dialoguepunctuation:Bodget and Brown looked hard at thechimney. It was leaning a very long way over."It will have to be pulled down," said Bodget,as he and the constable looked up at thechimney."It can not be left in that state," said theconstable. "You had better get started. I havetold Mrs. Worth about it.""We will go and get some ladders andscaffolding from the lorry," said Bodget andoff he went.
11.We need to remember:1.2.3.Put speech marks around the wordsbeing spoken.Punctuate the speech before closingspeech marks.Start a new line for each new speaker.Don’t use too much dialogue to tellstories.