Quotation Marks with Dialog

basketball player reaching for the basketballYou may not find yourself needing to use dialog very often in academic writing, but you may be asked to write narrative essays in some classes, which often contain dialog.

When you use dialog, it’s important to use quotation marks to set apart the speech from the rest of your text. Otherwise, separating the dialog from the rest of the writing can be very confusing for readers.

This time, my basketball coach said, “I know you can do it.” It turned out he did not really know what he was talking about.

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