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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Dialogue Rules

What is dialogue? It is conversation between characters in a story and is very important to add interest to the piece and to move the plot forward.  There are some rules to dialogue, however, that you want to make sure you know.

RULE #1: A direct quotation begins with a capital letter.

Jimmy shouted, “See you at the game!”
“Is it true?" asked Cindy.
  
 RULE #2: When a quotation is interrupted into two parts with words like “he asked” or “the teacher      demanded,” the second part begins with a lower case letter.

“What are some of the things,” Mrs. Baskin inquired, “that make school so much fun?”
“One thing I like,” replied Sarah, “is recess!”

 RULE #3: When writing dialogue, all punctuation marks at the end of the quotation go inside the             quotation marks.

“Let's visit the museum,” suggested Samantha.
Jon replied, “Didn't we go there last weekend?”
“But when we did,” Beth added, “we didn't see the Ancient Egyptian exhibit.”

 RULE #4: Do not put a period at the end of a quotation followed by things like she said, mom asked, he    explained, etc. Use commas, question marks, and exclamation marks but not periods. Periods         end sentences.

“My Algebra class is driving me crazy!” Paul yelled.
“That's my favorite class,” Becky replied.

 RULE #5: Make a new paragraph (indent) when a different person begins to speak.

"Last night, I dreamt that I ate a giant marshmallow," Kevin said.
"Was that anything like the dream you had about eating your way through a mountain of                      fruit cocktail?" asked Suzy.
"Scarier," Kevin explained. "This time I woke up and my pillow was gone."

 OTHER REMINDERS:

-Always make it clear who is speaking in the dialogue.
-Try to avoid using the word “said” repeatedly.

Exercise:

Rewrite the conversation. Remember to start each person’s dialogue on a new line.
  
I love to go to the movies Cameron said but there is nothing good showing at all I know Marcie replied it is crazy how many crappy romantic comedies they churn out tell me about it Cameron exclaimed if I see one more stupid Kate Hudson/Matthew McConaughey puke-fest I will personally poke my eye out with an icepick and perform my own lobotomy I think that may be a little bit outrageous Marcie pointed out but I can get behind the sentiment my big beef, though, is the terrible horror movies lately what happened to scaring us rather than grossing us out would you rather go out to dinner tonight Cameron asked sounds like a plan Marcie agreed they left to go to the corner deli, walking arm in arm.

Informal/ Formal Language


INFORMAL/ FORMAL LANGUAGE

INFORMAL
FORMAL
INFORMAL
FORMAL
say sorry
apologize, apologise
get
obtain
go up
increase
put up
tolerate
go down
decrease
deal with
handle
set up
establish
seem
appear
look at
examine
show
demonstrate, illustrate, portray
blow up
explode
start
commence
find out
discover
keep
retain
bring about
cause
ring up
call
put off
postpone, delay
show up
arrive
make up
fabricate
let
permit
stand for
represent
give the go ahead
authorize, authorise
find out
discover, ascertain


leave out
omit
But
However
point out
indicate
So
Therefore/Thus
go against
oppose
Also
In addition, Additionally
get in touch with
contact
Okay, OK
acceptable
It’s about
It concerns, It’s in regards to
In the meantime
In the interim
need to
required
I think
In my opinion
think about
consider
In the end
Finally
Hi Robert,
Dear Sir or Madam
Just wanted to let you know…
I am writing to inform you…
Hope to hear from you soon
I look forward to hearing from you
You can call me if you need anything
Please do not hesitate to contact me
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Correct
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