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David McAfee
02-22-2006, 07:24 AM
If a character is speaking, and what he/she has to say takes up more than one paragraph, do you need quotes at the beginning and end of each paragraph? Or do you only need quotes at the beginning of the first paragraph and the end of the last one?

Sage
02-22-2006, 07:29 AM
I have seen it both ways, as well as with quotation marks at the beginning of all paragraphs & only at end of the last paragraph. Whether or not that is correct...

dante-x
02-22-2006, 08:35 AM
I don't know which is grammatically correct, but I would suggest putting quotations at the beginning of the next paragraph if the speakers voice is similar to that of the narrator. This provides a reminder and an aid for the reader that might help avoid any confusion in regards to the identity of the speaker.

reph
02-22-2006, 09:10 AM
...quotation marks at the beginning of all paragraphs & only at end of the last paragraph....
That's the correct way.

TemlynWriting
02-22-2006, 05:46 PM
...quotation marks at the beginning of all paragraphs & only at end of the last paragraph....
That's the correct way.Exactly.

maestrowork
02-23-2006, 02:36 AM
Case closed.

DebbieOhi
02-23-2006, 03:28 AM
I only discovered this rule years ago, when co-writing a short story with a friend. I felt mortified at the time (she's an experienced sf/fantasy author), as if I had been caught wearing my underwear on the outside of my clothes.

I used to try to disguise my Grammar Rule ignorance, but now I've realized it's better to ask questions and find out the right answer than continue making mistakes (and possibly get one's work rejected because of those mistakes).

Kudos to the person responsible for starting this grammar thread! Grammar Goddess Julia, perhaps?

Debbie

David McAfee
02-23-2006, 05:01 PM
Thanks, everyone. I was never really sure what the rule was. Thanks for clearing it up. :)

Julie Worth
02-23-2006, 05:04 PM
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