if someone is speaking out loud to themselves such in the sentence below, should it be punctuated?


Perhaps I should wait until light, he spoke out loud.

asked Jun 09 '13 at 04:10 lee leeeder New member

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Yes, punctuation is needed. 

"Perhaps I should wait until light," he spoke out loud.

link answered Jun 09 '13 at 04:14 Dr. G Contributor

Thank you. I take it, it's also the same when thinking to yourself.

lee leeederJun 09 '13 at 04:35

It's not necessarily the same thing when thinking to yourself. This is known as indirect speech, and you can include it in the body of the text without quotation marks if you wish. When something is spoken aloud it should have quotation marks, but inner thoughts can be written in the following format:

He wondered, perhaps I should wait until light? (This is known as normal indirect speech.)

Or you could write:

And perhaps I should wait until light? (This is known as free indirect speech.)

Or you could use quotation marks - it's your choice. Whatever the poetry of the moment calls for.

Kerry BonnieJun 09 '13 at 05:55

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