Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Oceanlike is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Singapore
      • Current Location:
      • Singapore
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    599

    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) “………………………….”

    And

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

    Thank you!

  2. #2
    Rover_KE is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    31,704

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

    I would use a comma.

  3. #3
    Oceanlike is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Singapore
      • Current Location:
      • Singapore
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    599

    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.

  4. #4
    MikeNewYork's Avatar
    MikeNewYork is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    24,562

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

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

  5. #5
    Matthew Wai's Avatar
    Matthew Wai is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Posts
    8,327

    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.

  6. #6
    MikeNewYork's Avatar
    MikeNewYork is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    24,562

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

    I agree, Matthew.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •