Some notes from class

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Feb 20, 2012 21:35
Basic Rules List
• Place quotation marks around the words that actually come out of the person’s mouth.
• Place ending periods and commas inside the end quotation mark.
• Place proper punctuation at the end of the sentence.
• Each time a person speaks, begin a new paragraph.
• Capitalize the first word of what the person says, even if it occurs in the middle of a larger sentence.
• Use a comma (NOT A COLON!) between the dialogue and the rest of the sentence
• Periods and commas go inside the quotation marks in American writing (Britain has slightly different rules)
• Question marks can go inside or outside, depending on whether the quote itself is a question or the whole sentence is the question.
• To signal a quotation within a quotation, use single quotes:
• If the person is thinking to himself or herself, use italics to represent this.
• If a quotation spills out over more than one paragraph, don't use end quotes at the close of the first paragraph. Use them only when a character is done speaking.


Also, "Office Politics" means the drama or fighting that happens between everyday office workers.