Dialogue Rules

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Dialogue Rules

  1. 1. Dialogue Rules How to Punctuate and Format Dialogue
  2. 2. <ul><li>Use quotation marks around the words someone is saying: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Get to work,” Mrs. Huff screamed. “Your rough draft is due Monday.” </li></ul>Rule 1
  3. 3. Periods and commas go INSIDE quotations marks. “ Get to work,” Mrs. Huff screamed. “Your rough draft is due Monday.” Rule 2
  4. 4. Indent: Start a new paragraph every time you change speakers. “ This is a major grade,” said Mrs. Huff through gritted teeth. “ We know,” Johnny said, rolling his eyes in typical teenage fashion. Her students were finally settling down to work, no doubt crafting masterpieces. “ Don’t forget: your rough draft is due Monday,” Mrs. Huff said, confident her students would come through by Monday. Rule 3

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