Most of us will have come across dialogues in our everyday life. We converse with our family members, with our friends in school and with friends in our localities. We also listen to dialogues when we watch a favourite film or go to see a play. This High English quiz is all about the completion of dialogue, whether in a film or a play, where tagging is required, or in everyday life.
One of the most talked about dialogues in Hindi films is the line from the iconic film ‘Sholay’, in which the villain asks one of his henchmen ‘Kitne aadmi the.’ This piece of dialogue has become very popular and has been used in many advertisements for 40 years. Dialogues are integral parts of any story, film or drama. We can recall dialogues in movies and in a play. More importantly, we practise dialogues in our daily lives. Often, when we listen to someone speak, we try to predict the next part of the dialogue after listening to the first few words uttered by someone, and that's what you'll be doing in this quiz.
Dialogues in real life and in written form are different from one another, simply because in real life, dialogues take place between two persons not only in words but also with non-verbal cues, which cannot be replicated easily in written dialogues. While punctuation, grammar and vocabulary are informal in real life dialogues, they become formal in written dialogues. Additionally, written dialogues should follow established conventions such as proper formatting and punctuations. Another aspect of dialogues is tagging. Tagging is vital to identify who is saying what. For instance, ‘who are you?’ is a perfect dialogue, but the reader does not know who speaks these words. Thus, tagging becomes important as can be seen from the sentence ‘who are you,’ asked the headmaster.
Choosing dialogues is important and they should match the situation. We should use a variety of tags to ensure monotony is broken. Some of the more commonly used tags are ‘said, asked, cried, pleaded, shouted, answered, whispered, rued, warned, admitted' and 'explained.’ One of the best ways to learn about dialogue is to do dialogue completion exercises. The quiz that follows does just that.
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