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    Subtitles

    I want to ask something about English movie subtitles. If in a single 'scene' the subtitles show the dialogs of more than one person, is it written like this:

    - Who are you?
    - I'm John.
    ... or like this:


    "Who are you?'
    "I'm John."
    I know there's no such thing as a dialog line (-) in English, and that only quotes are used, but I'm unsure whether this applies for subtitles as well.

    Thanks in advance!


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    Re: Subtitles

    Welcome to the forums.

    On any films with subtitles that I watch, the text is given without quotation marks or other symbols and usually there is not more than one person's speech given at any time.

    I will be interested to see what others have found.


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    Re: Subtitles

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Welcome to the forums.

    On any films with subtitles that I watch, the text is given without quotation marks or other symbols and usually there is not more than one person's speech given at any time.

    I will be interested to see what others have found.
    Thanks!
    In case no one else replies, which one do you, as a native, think would be better?


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    Re: Subtitles

    For subtitles, a dialogue line.

    But the danger with putting more than one line of dialogue up as subtitle is the possible confusion about who said what.


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    Re: Subtitles

    Dialogue can be rapid-fire (the characters are speaking very quickly) in some movies. When this happens, and the conversation between two characters appears simultaneously, it is given as you listed, on separate lines:

    - Who are you?
    - I'm John.

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    Re: Subtitles

    I have seen subtitles in different colours to allow us to see that a second person is speaking.

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