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I am getting conflicting answers from two friends, so I am asking you guys for a fair and expert answer
A. Linda looked around the messy room and felt bad. " I should have clean up the house"
B. Linda said the prayer silently. "Mother, please I should have done it everyday."
One friend explained the sentence before quote is an independent idea, so you can use period before quotes. Another friend said, you should use comma because then people know who is saying that.
I just checked some children books, and I see a lot of people just use period before the quotes. And, what I have above is part of the story I am translating, so I just want to make sure if I should use comma or period.
thanks a million
I find a bit strange that I you both don't mention a colon which I thought was the standard way to introduce independent speech. (I don't know what I mean by 'standard', I just feel it is standard )
In the U.S., you use a comma to introduce direct speech, not a colon.
He said, "I hope you have a great time."
She replied, "Thank you. I hope so too."
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
I got it!
really appreciate it.