What are the rules for speech marks?

What are the rules for speech marks?

In the United States, the rule of thumb is that commas and periods always go inside the quotation marks, and colons and semicolons (dashes as well) go outside: “There was a storm last night,” Paul said.

What are speech marks examples?

For example: As demonstrated in the example, the words spoken directly (Although I wish they wouldn’t my children fight all the time) are marked by speech marks. The words spoken have also been separated by a reporting clause (she sighed).

Do speech marks go after or before the full stop?

The full stop should be placed before the closing quotation mark when the sentence quoted is a full grammatical sentence, i.e a sentence that can stand on its own and is complete.

What are the four key rules of punctuating speech?

Handy tips for punctuating speech Add a comma before the opening speech marks. Open and close speech with speech marks (or inverted commas). Begin what is spoken with a capital letter. End the line of speech with a comma, exclamation mark or question mark.

How do you convert direct speech to reported speech?

Rules for conversion of Indirect Speech to Direct Speech

  1. Use the reporting verb, “say” or “said to” in its correct tense.
  2. Remove the conjuctions “that, to, if or whether etc”.
  3. Insert quotation marks, question mark, exclamation and fullstop, wherever necessary.
  4. Put a comma before the statement.

Where does full stop go with speech marks?

Where does the full stop go with speech marks?

Do you start a new line for speech?

When there’s a new speaker, the speech starts on a new line. Speech is always started with a capital letter, even when it comes after the reporting clause (see example 4). Indirect speech is used when we tell someone the gist of what was said, without writing out the comment in full.

What is reported speech 5 examples?

Tense Direct Speech Reported Speech
will I’ll see you later She said (that) she would see me later.
would* I would help, but..” She said (that) she would help but…
can I can speak perfect English She said (that) she could speak perfect English.
could* I could swim when I was four She said (that) she could swim when she was four.