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Inverted Commas

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Speech marks, or inverted commas are used to surround speech or a quote.

A quote is something that someone else has either said or written down, that you copy into your writing.

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When writing direct speech, the inverted commas go around what has been said.
For example:
"My name is Julie," said the new girl.

Remember, when writing paragraphs of speech, we write opening inverted commas for each new paragraph, but don’t write closing ones until the end of the speech.

Kevin

Your Turn…

1. Where do the speech marks go in this sentence?

I can’t stand Norris, said Tracey.

Before I and after the comma
Before I and after Norris
Before said and after comma

2. Where should the speech marks go in this sentence?

The hammer fell on Nathan’s foot. Ouch! he shouted.

Before hammer and after Nathan
Before Ouch and after the exclamation mark
Before he and after shouted

3. Where should the speech marks go in this sentence?

I wonder, said Nigel, if we should go to the seaside?

Before I and after the first comma and before if and after the question mark
Before I and after Nigel
Before I and after the question mark

4. Where should the speech marks go in this sentence?

Sam asked, Why don’t you like me?

Before Why and after you
Before Sam and after you
Before Why and after the question mark

5. Where should the speech marks go in this sentence?

Stop! shouted the policeman.

Before shouted and after policeman
Before Stop and after the exclamation mark
Before shouted and after the

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