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    Default Punctuation of direct speech

    Is this correctly punctuated ?

    We walked into the room. "I'm not going tonight," Tom said, "the same old crowd will be there."

    1. I've heard that a new speech turn should begin on a new line.
    2. Tom says two sentences, but the punctuation is the same as if the second quote continued a sentence.

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    Default Re: Punctuation of direct speech

    Welcome, Bluefields.

    Click here to see Rules for Punctuating Conversation (Direct Speech). Scroll down to where it says "Example".

    All the best.

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    Default Re: Punctuation of direct speech

    Hi Casiopea,
    Sorry to bother you again, but I have a technical problem when I click "here". Can you tell me the answer ?

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    Default Re: Punctuation of direct speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Bluefields View Post
    Is this correctly punctuated ?

    We walked into the room. "I'm not going tonight," Tom said, "the same old crowd will be there."

    1. I've heard that a new speech turn should begin on a new line.
    2. Tom says two sentences, but the punctuation is the same as if the second quote continued a sentence.
    "I'm not going tonight," said Tom. "The same old crowd will be there."

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    Default Re: Punctuation of direct speech

    Thanks, river.
    I've read the rules and example suggested by Casiopea, but still don't understand about new speech turns on new lines. In the example, why isn't "Oops !" on a new line ?

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