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Re: [wraithbeta] punctuation in dialogue

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  • Alyse
    ... It stays in lower case, just as it would if the dialogue ended in a comma. Think of it this way - a dialogue tag (the bit attached to the dialogue) is
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 23, 2006
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      On 6/23/06, saffy_ol <saffyol@...> wrote:
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      > i know this may seem a simple question but when writing dialogue, after
      > a question mark or an exclamation does the dialogue tags first letter
      > stay in lower case or does it go to capital letter?


      It stays in lower case, just as it would if the dialogue ended in a comma.

      Think of it this way - a dialogue tag (the bit attached to the
      dialogue) is still a dialogue tag whether the dialogue is a question
      or an exclamation. And part of the reason is that the subject of a
      dialogue tag is the dialogue itself.

      In other words, the dialogue tag isn't a complete sentence on its own.
      So, for example, you wouldn't write a sentence that consisted solely
      of the words 'He said.'

      So it's the first example that's correct, i.e.

      > eg.1: "What were you thinking?" he yelled at her.

      Just because 'He yelled at her.' is a complete sentence in another
      context, doesn't mean that it is in this context. He's not just
      randomly yelling at her. He's yelling *those specific words*,
      therefore they're part of the same sentence as the speech.

      That's a good way of spotting dialogue tags. They're elements to
      expand and explain what's going on with speech - who's talking, how
      they're speaking.

      - if you can take them away and still have the sentence make sense; and

      - they don't really form a sentence on their own (i.e. if you take the
      speech away)

      then chances are that they're a dialogue tag and you need to use a
      comma not a full stop and lower case.

      This link gives some more information and probably a better explanation :)

      http://rynne.decemberproject.net/essays/dialogue_tutorial_sw.html

      --
      love and Thorntons' chocolates

      Al

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