Dialogue tags help us separate and attribute speech within a text. Correctly using dialogue tags is an important writing skill, whether you're writing for school, fun, or business.
Dialogue tags can appear anywhere in a sentence, and the placement of a tag within a sentence affects how it's punctuated.
- When a dialogue tag appears at the beginning of a sentence, a comma is placed before the first quotation mark. The end punctuation is then placed before the last quotation mark.
- If a dialogue tag appears in the middle of a quote, a comma precedes the last quotation mark of the first set, and then the next end punctuation precedes the last quotation mark.
- If a dialogue tag appears at the end of a sentence, a comma precedes the last quotation mark, and end punctuation is used as usual.