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05-22-2012, 05:05 PM
Which is the correct way to break a sentence with "he said"? Eyes on period/comma.

"Because," he said, "You like cake."

"Because," he said, "you like cake."

"Because," he said. "You like cake."


05-22-2012, 05:14 PM
Option #2

"Because," he said, "you like cake."

05-22-2012, 07:00 PM
Agreed. I'd be reluctant to split a sentence so short, but that looks yo be the way to do it if you had to.

05-22-2012, 07:02 PM
How do your favorite authors do this?


05-22-2012, 07:10 PM

You can't mean other writers use 'he said' in the middle of sentences, surely. Am I not the first one?

Hugs sliccat - :poke:

05-22-2012, 08:28 PM
One sentence, one capital letter. And splitting a sentence that short is not only good, it's often the only way to get proper rhythm, which is why every bestselling writer out there that I've read does it frequently.

Allen R. Brady
05-24-2012, 05:05 AM
I would choose number three in this case. The only reason I would split up a sentence that short would be if the speaker were making a deliberate, notable pause in that location. As if "Because" were a complete thought in itself.

05-24-2012, 05:04 PM
The first one is simply wrong. The second and third could both be correct but they don't mean the same thing. In the third, "You like cake" is a separate comment and "Because" refers to some other cause (usually "Because I said so").