dialogue punctuation

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neither grammarly or White Smoke; seem to correct dialogue punctuation? examples: wrong: Murdock looked upset, "I really wish I could find a trash bag." correct; Murdock looked upset. "I really wish I could find a trash bag." another example incorrect; "I talked to the Faceman." Said Murdock "He told me he'd buy some trash bags wen he went shopping." another incorrect; "I talked to the Faceman," said Murdock, "he told me he'd buy some trash bags when he went shopping." Correct; "I talked to the Faceman," said Murdock. "He told me he'd buy some trash bags when he went shopping."

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There are no Grammarly employees here, Richard.  This is a community forum. If you want to ask about the software, you'll need to contact Support through the link at the bottom of the page.  You would have to go to White Smoke's site to ask that company about its software. 

 

It seems to me that a couple of the examples you mark as wrong or incorrect are not.  Dialogue can often be punctuated more than one way.  That said, it is very difficult to follow what you have written.  Other than the dialogue, you aren't writing in complete sentences and are using colons and semicolons interchangeably.  So perhaps I am misunderstanding what you are trying to say.

link comment edited Mar 10 at 01:00 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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