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Use Speech Marks Accurately 1

In this worksheet, students practise adding speech marks to dialogue.

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:  Use and Punctuate Speech

Difficulty level:  

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QUESTION 1 of 10

When we write stories we can show speech in different ways. Comics often use speech bubbles to show what people are saying.


 

We can also use speech marks to show the same information. Speech marks look like this:

 

They are sometimes called 'sixty sixes' and 'ninety nines', and they go around the words that are actually spoken.

"It's my birthday today," said Amelia.

 

Look carefully at what Amelia says. The closing speech marks (the ninety nine) go after the comma, not before it.

Which of the sentences uses speech marks correctly to show what is in the speech bubble?


 

1) "My name is Josh," said the boy.

2) "My name is Josh, said the boy."

sentence 1

sentence 2

Which of the sentences uses speech marks correctly to show what is in the speech bubble?


 

1) "I love bones," said Freddie.

2) "I love bones, said Freddie."

sentence 1

sentence 2

Which of the sentences uses speech marks correctly to show what is in the speech bubble?


 

1) "I like reading", said Amy.

2) "I like reading," said Amy.

sentence 1

sentence 2

Which of the sentences uses speech marks correctly to show what is in the speech bubble?


 

1) "Give me a bowl of milk"! demanded Tibby.

2) "Give me a bowl of milk!" demanded Tibby.

sentence 1

sentence 2

Write out this sentence, adding speech marks in the correct places.

 

What time is it? asked Jayden.

Write out this sentence, adding speech marks in the correct places.

 

Come here at once! shouted Mr Jones.

Write out this sentence, adding speech marks in the correct places.

 

I'm going home now, said Oliver.

Write out this sentence, adding speech marks in the correct places.

 

Please may I have another cake? asked Meena.

Write out this sentence, adding speech marks in the correct places.

 

I want to go home! sobbed Charlotte.

Write out this sentence, adding speech marks in the correct places.

 

Are we there yet? asked Kevin.

  • Question 1

Which of the sentences uses speech marks correctly to show what is in the speech bubble?


 

1) "My name is Josh," said the boy.

2) "My name is Josh, said the boy."

CORRECT ANSWER
sentence 1
EDDIE SAYS
The speech marks go around the words that are actually spoken, not the whole sentence.
  • Question 2

Which of the sentences uses speech marks correctly to show what is in the speech bubble?


 

1) "I love bones," said Freddie.

2) "I love bones, said Freddie."

CORRECT ANSWER
sentence 1
  • Question 3

Which of the sentences uses speech marks correctly to show what is in the speech bubble?


 

1) "I like reading", said Amy.

2) "I like reading," said Amy.

CORRECT ANSWER
sentence 2
EDDIE SAYS
These two sentences look the same at first, but the closing speech marks should be after the comma, not before it.
  • Question 4

Which of the sentences uses speech marks correctly to show what is in the speech bubble?


 

1) "Give me a bowl of milk"! demanded Tibby.

2) "Give me a bowl of milk!" demanded Tibby.

CORRECT ANSWER
sentence 2
EDDIE SAYS
The closing speech marks need to be after the exclamation mark.
  • Question 5

Write out this sentence, adding speech marks in the correct places.

 

What time is it? asked Jayden.

CORRECT ANSWER
"What time is it?" asked Jayden.
  • Question 6

Write out this sentence, adding speech marks in the correct places.

 

Come here at once! shouted Mr Jones.

CORRECT ANSWER
"Come here at once!" shouted Mr Jones.
  • Question 7

Write out this sentence, adding speech marks in the correct places.

 

I'm going home now, said Oliver.

CORRECT ANSWER
"I'm going home now," said Oliver.
  • Question 8

Write out this sentence, adding speech marks in the correct places.

 

Please may I have another cake? asked Meena.

CORRECT ANSWER
"Please may I have another cake?" asked Meena.
  • Question 9

Write out this sentence, adding speech marks in the correct places.

 

I want to go home! sobbed Charlotte.

CORRECT ANSWER
"I want to go home!" sobbed Charlotte.
  • Question 10

Write out this sentence, adding speech marks in the correct places.

 

Are we there yet? asked Kevin.

CORRECT ANSWER
"Are we there yet?" asked Kevin.
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