Formatting Dialogue


Punctuating Dialogue (1)

Tag at the Beginning

A line of direct dialogue typically includes 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:

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

Note the following points:

Here are some more examples:

Bob said, "I'm going home now."

Mary said, "I hate you!"

He asked, "Are you all right?"

She answered, "Vampires are real."

I said, "The train is late."

Instructions for the Quiz

  1. Login to the quiz.
  2. In the text box, write five lines of direct speech.
    • Each sentence should start with a tag.
    • Punctuate the sentences properly!