j t hall wrote:I specifically need to know about use in dialogues. For example: "I would never do that", he said. Does the comma come before or after the "? If it's a declarative sentence (like the example), do you even use a comma there? What's the rule here? The link given is for regular sentences, not dialog problems.
Looks like I've been doing this wrong. According to http://www.bookshedonline.co.uk/knowhow ... unctuation it should be:
"I would never do that," he said. (all one sentence, no periods except at the end so a comma replaces that in the dialogue)
If we were to try out the other rules:
"I would never do that!" he said. (exclamation marks and question marks are allowed mid-sentence)
"I swear to you," he said, "that I would never do that." (continued sentence of dialogue = still only one period)
"I would never do that," he said. "How could you even ask?" (two sentences of dialogue means a period after 'he said' – so two sentences in the actual paragraph)
Is that right? And are you always supposed to put the 'he said' at the end of the first sentence of dialogue? This would avoid, for instance:
"I would never do that. How could you even ask?" he said.