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    #1

    A said to B, "..." or A said to B: "...."

    In direct speeches, oftentimes I don’t know if I can use either of (1) and (2) below. Is there any difference between using a comma and a colon?

    1) A said to B, (comma) “………………………….”

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    2) A said to B: (colon) “…………………………….”

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    #2

    Re: A said to B, "..." or A said to B: "...."

    I would use a comma.

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    #3

    Re: A said to B, "..." or A said to B: "...."

    Are they both correct? I see both used in newspapers, magazines etc. I'm wondering if it's just a matter of preference.

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    #4

    Re: A said to B, "..." or A said to B: "...."

    The comma would be more common. The colon is not wrong.

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    #5

    Re: A said to B, "..." or A said to B: "...."

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    direct speeches
    Having read the page below, I think 'direct speech' is uncountable.

    http://ldoceonline.com/dictionary/di...p008-000779893
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: A said to B, "..." or A said to B: "...."

    I agree, Matthew.

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