Formatting Dialogue

 

Interjections (2)

When writing short stories, students often forget to insert commas (or question marks, or exclamation points) when their characters use interjections.

Study the following examples:

Wrong Correct

Virginia said, "Well gee that sure is a nice thing to say."

Virginia said, "Well, gee, that sure is a nice thing to say."

Noah said, "Ah that feels wonderful."

Noah said, "Ah, that feels wonderful."

Ken said, "Bless you I couldn't have done it without you."

Ken said, "Bless you! I couldn't have done it without you."

"Seriously that doesn't seem possible!"

"Seriously? That doesn't seem possible!"


Below, in the Lesson Steps, you'll be asked to write three lines of dialogue.

    • Start each line with a tag that identifies the speaker.
    • Each spoken line should start with an interjection. Furthermore,
      1. In the first, put a comma after the interjection.
      2. In the second, put an exclamation point after the interjection.
      3. In the third, put a question mark after the interjection.

Your finished work should look very much like this:

  1. Sheri said, "Wow, I can't believe you said that!"
  2. Ricky said, "Crap! I did it again!"
  3. Darryl said, "What? You can't be serious!"

Lesson Steps

  1. Open your writing portfolio. Go to
    • Level 4
      • Interjections (2)
  2. Write three lines of dialogue, as described above.
  3. When you are finished, return to this page to take the quiz.

Instructions for the Quiz

Answer the questions.

Quiz