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    Out of curiosity...

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Jhunter, Jun 26, 2012.

    Do you dudes and dudettes prefer to write/read your dialogue tags as:

    "said Bob"

    or

    "Bob said"

    And why do you prefer it either way?
     
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    I like '' Bonjour, dit Sarah. '' Cause I mostly read in french (which makes me look sophisticated of course). lol but seriously I would go with ''said Bob.'' it sounds better to my non-english ear.
     
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    To my ears, "said Bob" sounds like juvenile literature (I think I remember reading it all the time in the old Tom Swift, Jr. adventures), whereas "Bob said" is for adults. But that's just me.
     
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    It depends. If the previous paragraph is about the character who will speak, I use "said Bob". When the previous paragraph is about another character or a situation that does not involve the character, I use "Bob said". The latter happens with much more frequency.
     

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