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    Is this direct or indirect speech?

    Hi everybody! I have studied The Chicago Manual of Style left and right, but still have some questions.
    E.g. In the following sentence, should I use a comma after the word "replied"?
    "I asked if he wanted to meet for a drink, and he replied "Would love to."

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    Re: Is this direct or indirect speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mila2015 View Post
    "I asked if he wanted to meet for a drink
    Indirect speech.

    and he replied "Would love to."
    Direct speech.

    Whether or not there is a comma after replied depends on the style guide you use. I would not use a comma.

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    Re: Is this direct or indirect speech?

    At one time, the comma before a direct quote was standard to indicate a quotation. However, many have now decided that the quotation marks themselves are enough of an indicator.

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    Re: Is this direct or indirect speech?

    Thank you! That is how I feel about it tooŚno comma.

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    Re: Is this direct or indirect speech?

    One more question about the indirect speech, since it looks like the rules got liberated.
    Is it possible to use a colon like in the sentence below? (The Chicago Manual of Style recommends to use a comma, not a colon.)

    I looked again at Piper, whose face expression was telling me: “I do not want to get involved in your problems.”
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 07-Dec-2015 at 09:31. Reason: Removed formatting to make it readable

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    Re: Is this direct or indirect speech?

    I would not use a colon.

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    Re: Is this direct or indirect speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mila2015 View Post
    One more question about the indirect speech, since it looks like the rules got liberated.
    Is it possible to use a colon like in the sentence below? (The Chicago Manual of Style recommends to use a comma, not a colon.)

    I looked again at Piper, whose face expression was telling me: “I do not want to get involved in your problems.”


    Say:

    facial expression

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    Re: Is this direct or indirect speech?

    I am sure the rules did not get liberated, but they might have been loosened some.

    (Say "direct speech" or "indirect speech" without "the".)
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 07-Dec-2015 at 09:31. Reason: Fixed typos

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