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    Any english grammar experts out there ?

    Can some please tell me if you use quotation marks " " around internal thoughts when your writing ?

    I know if you put something like. "Come over here," Lucy said. The dialogue gets covered by the quotation marks.

    But if you put. I wish he would come over here, Lucy thought.

    Do you enclose the thought with " " ?

    I've googled for a while and can find examples of both with and without ?

    Anyone know if there's a definitive usage ?

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    "when your writing" ;-)

    Not 100% sure, but for thought I would say NO quotation marks.

    Quotation marks are alo called speech marks by some - so I think that's your answer.

    Not an expert and by no means definitive, but I would always put...

    "I wish he would come over here," Lucy thought.

    It works in the same way as speach I believe.

    stufai;4786890

    Not an expert and by no means definitive, but I would always put..."I … Not an expert and by no means definitive, but I would always put..."I wish he would come over here," Lucy thought.It works in the same way as speach I believe.




    speach, DOH!

    punctuationmadesimple.com/PMS…tml

    Just a thought, but I think that you would have difficulty quoting it. So I would suggest no quotation marks:roll:

    Original Poster

    Internal thoughts can be referred to as 'silent speech' by some sources so speech marks would seem to be appropriate ?

    myaser88;4786901

    speach, DOH!



    :oops:

    It's been a long day already...

    Original Poster

    Trickyjabs;4786881

    "when your writing" ;-)



    Great, good start ! I'll give up now :oops:

    steve1221;4786948

    Internal thoughts can be referred to as 'silent speech' by some sources … Internal thoughts can be referred to as 'silent speech' by some sources so speech marks would seem to be appropriate ?


    Now that's an oxymoron if ever I heard one:thumbsup:

    When writing thought I only use 'these' rather than "these"

    How not to do itSetting off a character’s thoughts in quotation marks is a … How not to do itSetting off a character’s thoughts in quotation marks is a definite no-no. Such a technique is confusing to the reader. When we see quotation marks, we have the expectation that a character is speaking the words aloud.


    dailywritingtips.com/dea…ts/

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    melipona;4786990

    Now that's an oxymoron if ever I heard one:thumbsup:



    I'd have to agree. (link below, about a third of the way down the page). It is a US site and we all know how much they love to mangle the language...

    grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/gra…htm

    You should always use quotation marks even if the character is thinking. The way around this is to imply that the character is thinking the words ..... Lucy thought about asking Jimmy to come around for dinner.

    Predikuesi wondered if this made sense to steve1221
    "I wonder if this makes sense to steve1221?" thought Predikuesi.

    Banned

    melipona;4786990

    Now that's an oxymoron if ever I heard one:thumbsup:



    How about BSL?

    steve1221;4786948

    Internal thoughts can be referred to as 'silent speech' by some sources … Internal thoughts can be referred to as 'silent speech' by some sources so speech marks would seem to be appropriate ?



    lol! Walking can be described as slow running, an armchair can be described as a small sofa, etc.

    Predikuesi;4787119

    You should always use quotation marks even if the character is thinking. … You should always use quotation marks even if the character is thinking. The way around this is to imply that the character is thinking the words ..... Lucy thought about asking Jimmy to come around for dinner.Predikuesi wondered if this made sense to steve1221"I wonder if this makes sense to steve1221?" thought Predikuesi.



    +1 -- but it gets complicated when we think about the different categories of internal thought. For the bored or just curious:

    http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/1584/indirectspeech.jpg

    starsparkle2311;4787754

    lol, asking questions on HUKD and expecting a sensible reply could be … lol, asking questions on HUKD and expecting a sensible reply could be described as absurd.



    whatever can you mean? have you been smoking dried parrot juice through a fork again?

    Banned

    starsparkle2311;4787754

    lol, asking questions on HUKD and expecting a sensible reply could be … lol, asking questions on HUKD and expecting a sensible reply could be described as absurd.



    Hmmm. I see what you mean!!!! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^















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    It depends on how you write the thoughts.

    Lucy thought the red car was following her... doesnt need quotes...

    "Is that car following me?" wondered Lucy... does.

    HTH!
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