marks show where the EXACT words of a speaker begin and end.
did you see that?” she whispered. (direct quotation)
asked Mark if he heard that. (indirect
comma separates the quotation from
the words that tell who is speaking. A question
mark or exclamation point takes
the place of a comma.
whispering,” I almost shouted back.
whispering!” I shouted back.
quotations are divided.
If a divided quotation is one sentence, use commas to separate the
quotation from the speaker. Don’t capitalize the second part of the sentence.
you look,” she exclaimed, “you can see the shadow over there.”
If a divided quotation is two
sentences, use a period after the words that tell who is speaking. Capitalize
the first word of the second sentence.
that shadow over there?” she exclaimed, pointing to a dark corner of the room.
“Don’t you see it?”
you quote a conversation, begin a new
paragraph each time the speaker changes.
Remember to keep the words that describe who is speaking in the same
“Mark, did you see that?” she whispered, her eyes wide with fear. She took
two steps backward and bumped into an easy chair.
I looked at her and said, “Lisa, you are always seeing things. I have
no idea what you are talking about.”
5. Remember to capitalize
the first word of a quotation – it is a sentence inside a sentence.
She whispered to Mark, “Did you see that?”