Date of publication: 2017-09-06 09:14
He sat on the rooftop listening to them speak to the police. 8775 He went that way, 8776 the girl said. 8775 He was fat, 8776 another stated. 8775 And ugly, 8776 said another. 8775 It was the most awful thing in the world. 8776 8775 You should kill him. 8776
Thank you. I was about to write a 8775 duh, got it 8776 post because I have your PDF on punctuation and six books. And the internet. I just hit the panic button thinking I 8767 d learned a rule backwards. Whew.
If we 8767 re talking fiction, dialogue has its own rules and peculiarities. Dialogue is not the same as quoting someone else. Quotation marks are used to frame dialogue, just as they are used to quote others, but don 8767 t let that throw you dialogue and the quoting of others are not the same thing. Dialogue in fiction is simply spoken words. We use quotation marks as a convention so readers understand that characters are speaking, but we 8767 re not comparing dialogue to quotes or saying that the two are the same element. The two simply make use of the same conventions.
I 8767 m an American editing for a British publisher who follow the common British practice of using spaced en dashes for parenthetical usage and closed em dashes for interruptions. In a situation where dialogue is interrupted with an action, I 8767 m unsure of which method to follow. I assume spaced en, but it looks bizarre to me.
Plus, who 8767 s to say whether the action dividing the dialogue is a parenthetical break or the dialogue is interrupted by the action? Again, you could easily argue either side.
6. John turns to Fred, asking, 8775 Is it done yet? 8776 Fred grins and nods in reply, so John smiles and tells Harry, 8775 Right, Harry, on your bike and get over there. 8776 Harry turns and walks out the door while John reaches for the phone.
EssayEdge Says: This is a very effective introduction to an essay about your personality. Mentioning pride is a good way to indicate how important your beliefs and values are to you. In a sentence like this, however, it would be better to use "Throughout" rather than "Through." "Throughout" better expresses the widespread, expansive tone you want to give this sentence.
Hi, Beth. Here is how I solve the problem of a wrong facing quotation mark after an em dash, though I don 8767 t know if the same solution will work on your blog (since I 8767 m sure you 8767 ve already tried it): I add a space after the wrong quotation mark, put in the new mark, then backspace to the dash. There is no other way of doing it that I know of.
High school is a strange time. After three years of trying to develop an identity and friends in middle school, students are expected to mature immediately on the first day of ninth grade.
But I do like the comma and would find no fault with it. With a slight change, however, I would use a semicolon. The emphasis and rhythm call for a different punctuation mark in the following situation
I love what you 8767 ve done with your comment box (regarding text size), we 8767 re not all twenty-one anymore and a larger text size makes it simpler for those of us who 8767 ve achieved 8766 Grandma 8767 status to see what we 8767 re saying. (All the better to see you with, my dear, and all that, LOL!) It was kind of you to make the change, so again, thanks a lot.
If you have not been assigned a topic, you have a little more work to do. However, this opportunity also gives you the advantage to choose a subject that is interesting or relevant to you. First, define your purpose. Is your essay to inform or persuade?
Ernest, just a reminder that it 8767 s not actually single quotes that are used in such situations it 8767 s quotation marks period. They can be singles for someone following the rules of British English, but it 8767 s the fact that quotation marks are used that 8767 s important. That is, it 8767 s not specifically single quotation marks used in such cases. It 8767 s just that BrE allows for the use of singles or doubles.
Finally, evaluate your options. If your goal is to educate, choose a subject that you have already studied. If your goal is to persuade, choose a subject that you are passionate about. Whatever the mission of the essay, make sure that you are interested in your topic.