1. CMastah

    CMastah Active Member

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    Jon said or said Jon?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by CMastah, Aug 22, 2014.

    I've been typing up some dialogue and came across a few instances where I had 'Jon said' AFTER the line of dialogue (his name isn't Jon, I'm just using a common name here). For instance:

    "I'm looking to buy a car," Jon said.

    It seems a tad awkward but I'm not sure if it's grammatically incorrect.
     
  2. stevesh

    stevesh Banned Contributor

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    Sounds exactly right to me.
     
  3. thirdwind

    thirdwind Member Contest Administrator Reviewer Contributor

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    Either way is correct. Some say that "said" + the name of the character is old-fashioned. To see the reason behind this, replace "Jon" with "he."

    "I'm looking to buy a car," said he.

    Now compare that to

    "I'm looking to buy a car," he said.
     
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    peachalulu Member Reviewer Contributor

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    Good example Thirdwind!
     
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    stevesh Banned Contributor

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    I may have misunderstood, but I thought that @CMaster asked about the "Jon said" part coming before or after the actual dialogue. If that's the case, it should always come after, I think.

    Jon said, "I'm looking to buy a car." as dialogue in fiction is non-standard at best.
     
  6. Kat Hawthorne

    Kat Hawthorne New Member

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    Jon said can come on either end of the dialogue, the tag's location is interchangeable. In fact, it's likely best to change it up from time to time to give your sentences some variety.
     

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