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    dialogue withing dialogue

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by shaylyn, Jun 8, 2012.

    What is the proper format for writing dialogue within dialogue?

    here's a bit from my story for example:

    Jack turned to me. “Most people on the list don't take too well to 'hi, you need to drop everything and live a life on the run because there are crazy men in suits out to kill you. And also, you're going to die when you hit 40.'.”


    I don't feel like that's right...any ideas?
     
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    That's absolutely correct, except for the extra period after "40," but I think that's just a harmless typo. ;)
    Should be:
    Double quotes are used for speech. When the speaker quotes something while speaking, that section goes in single quotes. You have the right idea.
     
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    ah thank you so much :)
     
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    AnonyMouse is correct. If you are using the UK convention of primary quoting with single quotes, then use double quotes for the inner quotes.

    More than one level of nesting is not recommended.

    Please see: He said, she said - Mechanics of Dialogue
     

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