Do I put quotations around the words that I am speaking in a story?


If you are speaking out loud to someone and using something like, "I said," you will use quotes. However, you can convey conversation without quotation marks. Here is an example of a dialogue which uses some different ways to convey the information:

Jennifer told me she was tired of seeing my bright blue shoes every day.

I said, "I don't make enough money to buy a new pair!"

Laughing, she said, "Well, why did you choose that color in the first place?"

Looking at the grey and black shoes she always wore, I thought that I could have asked her that same question, but I decided it wasn't worth stirring up trouble. "I guess I just don't have your good taste," I smirked.

Updated on April 9, 2018

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Punctuation Rules for Conversation Quotation With Examples
By Virginia Kearney