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."

Lesson Steps

  1. Open your writing portfolio. Go to
    • Level 4
      • Punctuating Dialogue (1)
  2. Write five lines of direct speech.
    • Each sentence should start with a tag.
    • Punctuate the sentences properly!
  3. When you're finished, return to this page to take the quiz.

Instructions for the Quiz

Answer the questions.

Quiz