Punctuating Dialogue with Speech Tags, (A or B)?

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Here is the dialogue without a speech tag or quote (one speaker): You’re absolutely right. Your mom sure did, she loved this part of the marsh.
 

When adding narrative action, is it 1A or 1B below:

 

1A:
My dad leaned toward me, “You’re absolutely right,” he said, and he began rolling his window back down.  “Your mom sure did, she loved this part of the marsh.”
 

1B:
My dad leaned toward me, “You’re absolutely right,” he said, and began rolling his window back down.  “Your mom sure did, she loved this part of the marsh.”

 

Wait, there's another option I'm struggling with, would either 2A or 2B below be correct?

 

2A:
My dad leaned toward me.  “You’re absolutely right,” he said, and he began rolling his window back down.  “Your mom sure did, she loved this part of the marsh.”


2B:
My dad leaned toward me.  “You’re absolutely right,” he said, and began rolling his window back down.  “Your mom sure did, she loved this part of the marsh.”

 

One more ... I am wondering if this might be correct, neither A or B, just C:

 

C:

My dad leaned toward me, “You’re absolutely right,” he said, and began rolling his window back down, "Your mom sure did, she loved this part of the marsh.”

 

Thanks.


 

asked Jul 15 '11 at 01:06 Todd McQuage Contributor

1 answer


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The #2 variants are the closest in my opinion.  You just had an extra comma.  If you restate 'he', you will need to keep the comma.

 

My dad leaned toward me.  “You’re absolutely right,” he said and began rolling his window back down.  “Your mom sure did, she loved this part of the marsh.”

link answered Jul 16 '11 at 14:33 Kimberly Expert

Perfect, thanks for the help! You're right, that does seem the way to go, I like it. Todd McQuageJul 16 '11 at 18:48

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