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How to Punctuate Dialogue

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Do you ever have trouble punctuating dialogue? Comma or period? Inside or outside the quotation marks? This article will help you.

Start simple. The punctuation always comes before the quotation mark. ("Hi," he said, not "Hi", he said.)

Know your options. You don't always have to use said. Asked, replied, exclaimed, whispered, mumbled, sighed, and many more can also be good, depending on what you're writing about.

Make sure the punctuation is in the right place, especially if someone is asking a question. ("What?" she asked, not "What," she asked?).

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