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Asked • 07/03/19

What are the punctuation rules for two pieces of direct speech in a single sentence?

Please help me with the punctuation rules for sentences with two pieces of direct speech within quotes, with the following as example. > “It’s fun to get out on a Sunday and race,” said Stanley. “Our team > always wins a prize .” Stanley has been racing bikes since college. I have the following confusions: 1. Should there be a full-stop after first occurrence of "Stanley" or a comma or en-dash/em-dash? 2. Is it okay to capitalize "Our" in "Our team", given that the second direct speech is a complete sentence in itself, rather than a continuation of the first direct speech? 3. As per US English rules, is a comma more appropriate after "and race" or a full-stop? 4. Since a new sentence starts after "prize", should the full-stop after that come after the closing quote or before it? 5. If a comma is used after "and race" at the end of the first direct speech, shouldn't it be used after the second direct speech as well for consistency? (I know it sounds odd, but I am looking for the rigorous rule governing this) I tried searching online for rules regarding two pieces of direct speech, but found nothing. It would be helpful if you can also share some links where I can learn more about all these on my own, especially in cases where en-dash, em-dash and colons are used in sentences involving direct speech.

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Camilo P. answered • 07/04/19

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