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Learn how to use Interrupted quotation marks correctly. You can use this in your classroom or at home for yourself.

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1. Usequotation marksaround both parts of the interrupted quotation:Examples:"The book,"whispered the librarian,"is on the second shelf by the wall."

"When Mom comes home,"my sister said,"tell her I'm going to Sandy's house."

Thespeaker tagis the part of the sentence that tells the reader who is talking.Examples of speaker tags:he saidthe boy statedexclaimed Marythe teacher explainedasked BillFirst, let us look at some regular quotations with speaker tags.Here is a regular quotation with thespeaker tagat thebeginning of the quoted sentence.My brother said, "I need the car today, so I can go to work.""When you do your math homework tonight, remember to show all of your work,"explained the teacher.Here is another regular quotation with thespeaker tagat theend of the quoted sentence.

We can make both of these sentences intointerrupted quotationsby putting thespeaker tagin themiddle of the quoted sentence."I need the car today,"my brother said, "so I can go to work.""When you do your math homework tonight, "explained the teacher, "remember to show all of your work."

2. Quotations are separated from the speaker tag with commas:A) For the first half of the quotation, put the comma inside the quotation marksB) For the second half of the quotation, put the comma after the speaker tagExamples:"Did you know," asked the teacher,"that salamanders are amphibians?"Notice that thefirst commais after the word "know" and inside the quotation marks.Thesecond commais after the word "teacher" and before the second set of quotation marks.My love," swooned the man,"will you marry me?"Notice that thefirst commais after the word "love" and inside the quotation marks.Thesecond commais after the word "man" and before the second set of quotation marks.

B) The second half of the quotation does not begin with a capital letter, unless it is aproper nounor titleExamples:"Please tell your parents," the man on the phone said, "Amywill be there at 5:00."In this sentence,"Amy"is capitalized in the second half of the quotation because it is a name and a proper noun."Students,"Miss Smithinstructed, "pleaseline up at the door."In this sentence,"please"is not capitalized because it is not a proper noun or a title."Miss Smith"iscapitalized because it is a proper noun.4. End punctuation goes inside the final quotation marksIncorrect:Did you know," asked Mrs. Jones, "that the sunflower is the state flower of Kansas"?Correct:Did you know," asked Mrs. Jones, "that the sunflower is the state flower of Kansas?"

Incorrect:"When your brother gets home,'" my dad yelled, "tell him I need to talk to him in my office"!Correct:"When your brother gets home,'" my dad yelled, "tell him I need to talk to him in my office!"