What is Dialogue?

What is Dialogue?

A Lesson by compositionc
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The basics.

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di·a·logue

[dahy-uh-lawg, -log] noun, verb -logued, -logu·ing.
–noun
1.
conversation between two or more persons.
2.
the conversation between characters in a novel, drama, etc.
3.
an exchange of ideas or opinions on a particular issue, especially a political or religious issue, with a view to reaching an amicable agreement or settlement.
 
This is the dictionary's definition of dialogue. This course will be focusing on defintion number two. Even more so, in a novel. I actually have had to point out these errors. It makes me sad to know people have never read a book and learned from it. Like, you can call me a hypocrite, but I'm just going to point out your Grammar errors and barely scratch the surface of dialogue content. I don't care what you say, as long as it's properly said.
 
Let's look at some very common errors.
 
"how are u"
I know this is crappy, but I have seen this before. *shudders* What are the errors in this sentence?
1. The H in how must be capitalized.
2. U? Seriously? Try spelling it out as 'you'.
3. No question mark. Put on in now.
 
"How are you?"
 
"I can't believe this." I said.
The author of this sentence is going to be unnamed. What are the errors in this sentence?
1. The end punctuation is incorrect. This is my pet peeve. I HATE PEOPLE WHO DO THIS.
"I can't believe this," I said.
 
This is the most common error ever. I will go very much in depth with this error, and explain why you put a comma instead of the period.
 
"I need slippers a blanket and some water now." She said.
The author of this sentence has corrected it, but this is a good example.
1. Comma hater. When you make a list of three or more items, you put a comma in between each item. The proper phrase would be 'slippers, a blanket, and some water now'
2. No period, you put the comma.
3. The s in 'she' does not need to be capitalized.
 
*I need slippers, a blanket, and some water now," she said.
 
These are some of the errors I will hopefully cover in this course, and I hope you pay attention. :D
 
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Posted 5 Years Ago


YES. YES. What's even worse than "insertdialougehere." ?
"insertdialougehere".
ITHINKI'MGONNADIE.

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Posted 5 Years Ago


Ah, well. This explains it: `the oxford comma` as it is commonly called may be either included or omitted. However, in British English it is oft excluded and Americans oft include it.

:)

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Posted 5 Years Ago


I respectfully disagree with putting a comma before the "and" in your second example. I believe it can be done with or without but I was taught that:

"I need slippers, a blanket and some water now," she said.

would be correct. Maybe I was misled. I'll google.

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Posted 5 Years Ago


Finally someone gets it straight! I've been waiting for someone to point this stuff out! :)

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Posted 5 Years Ago


Good luck with that 'getting them to pay attention' part...


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Posted 5 Years Ago


WOOT! I definitely needed that second part. My English teachers never taught anything about commas for some reason.
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