Dialogue Punctuation Edited

Just got the edited story back from my instructor and I still have a lot of problem with dialogue punctuation. Here are a few notes to remind myself of the rules.

Use a period and capital letter if it’s a separate sentence.

  • “Not you again,” he stumbled back, “disgusting.”
    “Not you again.He stumbled back.Disgusting.”
  • “You’re delusional,” she pushed pass him.
    “You’re delusional.She pushed past him.

Use a comma before the quote mark if what follows is a dialogue tag (such as He said.)

  • “Sure, if that’s how you want to take it.” She said.
    “Sure, if that’s how you want to take it,she said.

Other things I noticed but not in a conversation.

  • Why “Miss Ugly?” He contemplated.
    Why “Miss Ugly?” he contemplated.
  • Gotta get back to the lab and make sure. He decided.
    Gotta get back to the lab and make sure, he decided.

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