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  1. Gladiatus

    Gladiatus Contributing Member

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    Ok.......

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Gladiatus, Aug 19, 2008.

    This is perhaps the biggest problem I have, its quite stupid.

    When writing dialogue, what is the relevant way to restart descrition, action etc (non dialogue). I will explain with an example:



    “I see you have thought ahead tribune,” spoke Remus, still eying the template, “this is a grand design. When do you need them completed?”
    “They are needed in ten days time" Sometimes Flavius was patient..........

    I don't know if they should be using capitals or not, or even if you use capitals sometimes and sometimes you dont.

    I would appreciate help!
     
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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    The dialogue has ended, and a new sentence begun. Therefore the new sntence should begin with a capital. You also need a period (full stop) within the quoted dialogue to end it.
     
  3. Gladiatus

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    OK thanks, what about the first part? As there is a comma i guess that means that its doesnt have a capital?

    Bear with me please lol :p
     
  4. Wreybies

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    The easiest way, without quoting too may rules, is to simply consider each clause independently (no pun intended.) Is the clause a complete sentence or not? This will guide you. In your example...

    What falls outside of the quotes in this portion is not a complete sentence, hence it begins with a lower case letter and what is within the quotes should end with a comma in place of a full stop, or a ? or ! if/when required. Because the next sentence within quotes (look below) is a complete clause, do not link template with a comma. A full stop is required.

    Again, these are each complete sentences, so treat them as such and capitalize and punctuate accordingly.

    Cogito has already given you correct direction on the last example.
     
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    Thanks alot guys, great help.
     
  6. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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    Check the first link in my signature.
     

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