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    Dialogue Question

    Hello people, I have a question on using dialogues in writing; my teacher said that when writing a dialogue, for each new speech you have to write it a new line. Like this:
    Joanna said."Hey how are you doing"
    Nathan replied."I am doing fine, what about you?"

    Instead of this:Joanna said."Hey how are you doing". Nathan replied."I am doing fine, what about you?"

    My grammar for the 2nd example isn't correct,if so please correct them.And If my memory serves me correctly, i recall that some books doesn't leave a line for each new speech. So people please solve this paradox for me.
    Thank you.

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    Re: Dialogue Question

    Your teacher is correct.

    If my memory serves me correctly, all book publishers follow this practice.

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    Re: Dialogue Question

    Quote Originally Posted by kazewolf View Post
    Hello people, I have a question on using

    dialogues in writing; my teacher said that when writing a dialogue, for each new speech you have to write it a new line. Like this:
    Joanna said."Hey how are you doing"
    Nathan replied."I am doing fine, what about you?"

    Instead of this:Joanna said."Hey how are you doing". Nathan replied."I am doing fine, what about you?"

    My grammar for the 2nd example isn't correct,if so please correct them.And If my memory serves me correctly, i recall that some books doesn't leave a line for each new speech. So people please solve this paradox for me.
    Thank you.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Kazewolf,


    May I most respectfully suggest some punctuation changes?

    Johanna said, "Hey, how are you doing?" / "Hey! How are you doing?"

    Nathan replied, "I'm doing fine. What about you?"

    THANK YOU

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    Re: Dialogue Question

    Quote Originally Posted by kazewolf View Post
    Hello people, I have a question on using dialogue in writing; my teacher said that when writing a dialogue, for each new speech you have to write it on a new line. Like this:
    Joanna said,"Hey, how are you doing?"
    Nathan replied,"I am doing fine, what (how) about you?"

    My grammar for the 2nd example isn't correct,if so please correct them.And If my memory serves me correctly, I recall that some books do not/ don't leave a line for each new dialogue. So people please solve this paradox for me.
    Thank you.
    Red are corrections, blue alternatives.
    Authors and publishers do have the occasional differences:
    Joanna said, "Hey, how are you doing?" to which Nathan replied "I am doing fine (thankyou), how about you?"
    Continuous as you can see.

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    Re: Dialogue Question

    Thanks guys for clearing this up for me.

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