Punctuation (Commas and Inverted Commas) 01
She whispered, "I really like Peter". This illustrates the correct use of a comma before inverted commas.

Punctuation (Commas and Inverted Commas) 01

In punctuation, use commas before direct speech beginning with 'he said', e.g. He said, "It's time for tea." Speech followed by 'he said' needs a comma inside the closing speech marks: "It's time for tea," he said.

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  1. Select the correctly punctuated sentence.
    They shouted Hooray!
    They shouted, "Hooray!" Use comma before speech
  2. Select the correctly punctuated sentence.
    He said I've found a solution to the problem.
    He said, "I've found a solution to the problem."
  3. Select the correctly punctuated sentence.
    She whispered It's time to go!
  4. Select the correctly punctuated sentence.
    He told the class Use a comma before direct speech.
  5. Select the correctly punctuated sentence.
    The lesson is over he announced.
    "The lesson is over," he announced.
  6. Select the correctly punctuated sentence.
    It will rain tomorrow explained the weather expert.
    "It will rain tomorrow," explained the weather expert.
  7. Select the correctly punctuated sentence.
    There is a traffic jam all the way home reported Jan.
  8. Select the correctly punctuated sentence.
    I'm so tired Sophie sighed.
    Put the comma inside the closing speech marks
  9. Select the correctly punctuated sentence.
    Come and look at the dolphins cried Jon.
  10. Select the correctly punctuated sentence.
    This is the last question laughed Arjin.

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