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Commas in English

Commas with Direct Speech - Writing English

Use a comma after the introductory clause.

Example: She said, I was in London last year.

If the direct speech is at the beginning of the sentence, put the comma before the final quotation mark. (Dont use a full stop here.)

Example: I was in London last year, she said.

Dont use a comma after direct speech if the direct speech ends with a question mark or exclamation mark.

 Were you in London last year? he asked. (but: He asked, Were you in London last year?)
 Great! she replied. (but: She replied, Great!)


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