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Use Speech Marks Accurately 2

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

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 speech we need to remember to add other punctuation as well as the speech marks (the 'sixty sixes' and 'ninety nines').

"I'm tired," sighed Joe.

In this sentence there is a comma after the word 'tired' but before the closing speech marks.

 

Sometimes we need to use a question mark or an exclamation mark instead of a comma.

"What time is it?" asked Kim.

"Listen to me!" shouted Paul.

 

If we begin the sentence by saying who is speaking, we put a comma after their names but still begin the speech with a capital letter even though it is not the beginning of the sentence.

Joe sighed, "I'm tired."

Kim asked, "What time is it?"

Paul shouted, "Listen to me!"

 

If you look carefully at what Joe says you will see that there is a full stop this time instead of a comma after the word 'tired'. We never finish a sentence with a comma.

Read these two sentences and decide which one has been correctly punctuated.

 

1) "My name is Jamila" said the girl.

2) "My name is Jamila," said the girl.

sentence 1

sentence 2

Read these two sentences and decide which one has been correctly punctuated.

 

1) "When is your birthday," asked Penny.

2) "When is your birthday?" asked Penny.

sentence 1

sentence 2

Read these two sentences and decide which one has been correctly punctuated.

 

1) "Help!" shouted Sam.

2) "Help"! shouted Sam.

sentence 1

sentence 2

Read these two sentences and decide which one has been correctly punctuated.

 

1) Molly asked "When are you coming to see us?"

2) Molly asked, "When are you coming to see us?"

sentence 1

sentence 2

Read these two sentences and decide which one has been correctly punctuated.

 

1) Jack said, "do you want to come out and play football?"

2) Jack said, "Do you want to come out and play football?"

sentence 1

sentence 2

Add the correct punctuation to this sentence and write it out again.

 

Remember that you will need more than just speech marks!

 

What is your name asked the teacher.

Add the correct punctuation to this sentence and write it out again.

 

Remember that you will need more than just speech marks!

 

I hate you shouted Yasmin.

Add the correct punctuation to this sentence and write it out again.

 

Remember that you will need more than just speech marks!

 

I love chocolate said George.

Add the correct punctuation to this sentence and write it out again.

 

Remember that you will need more than just speech marks!

 

Micky asked where are you going on holiday?

Add the correct punctuation to this sentence and write it out again.

 

Remember that you will need more than just speech marks!

 

That's the last time I'm going there declared Adil.

  • Question 1

Read these two sentences and decide which one has been correctly punctuated.

 

1) "My name is Jamila" said the girl.

2) "My name is Jamila," said the girl.

CORRECT ANSWER
sentence 2
EDDIE SAYS
We need a comma after Jamila but before the closing speech marks.
  • Question 2

Read these two sentences and decide which one has been correctly punctuated.

 

1) "When is your birthday," asked Penny.

2) "When is your birthday?" asked Penny.

CORRECT ANSWER
sentence 2
EDDIE SAYS
This is a question so it needs a question mark, not a comma.
  • Question 3

Read these two sentences and decide which one has been correctly punctuated.

 

1) "Help!" shouted Sam.

2) "Help"! shouted Sam.

CORRECT ANSWER
sentence 1
EDDIE SAYS
The exclamation mark should be before the closing speech marks.
  • Question 4

Read these two sentences and decide which one has been correctly punctuated.

 

1) Molly asked "When are you coming to see us?"

2) Molly asked, "When are you coming to see us?"

CORRECT ANSWER
sentence 2
EDDIE SAYS
We need a comma after the word 'asked'.
  • Question 5

Read these two sentences and decide which one has been correctly punctuated.

 

1) Jack said, "do you want to come out and play football?"

2) Jack said, "Do you want to come out and play football?"

CORRECT ANSWER
sentence 2
EDDIE SAYS
We always use a capital letter at the start of what someone says.
  • Question 6

Add the correct punctuation to this sentence and write it out again.

 

Remember that you will need more than just speech marks!

 

What is your name asked the teacher.

CORRECT ANSWER
"What is your name?" asked the teacher.
EDDIE SAYS
This is a question, so you need a question mark before the closing speech marks.
  • Question 7

Add the correct punctuation to this sentence and write it out again.

 

Remember that you will need more than just speech marks!

 

I hate you shouted Yasmin.

CORRECT ANSWER
"I hate you!" shouted Yasmin.
EDDIE SAYS
Yasmin is shouting, so we need an exclamation mark rather than a comma.
  • Question 8

Add the correct punctuation to this sentence and write it out again.

 

Remember that you will need more than just speech marks!

 

I love chocolate said George.

CORRECT ANSWER
"I love chocolate," said George.
"I love chocolate!" said George.
EDDIE SAYS
The verb 'said' doesn't really tell us how George said this, so we could use either a comma or an exclamation mark.
  • Question 9

Add the correct punctuation to this sentence and write it out again.

 

Remember that you will need more than just speech marks!

 

Micky asked where are you going on holiday?

CORRECT ANSWER
Micky asked, "Where are you going on holiday?"
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember the comma after 'asked' and the capital letter for 'Where'?
  • Question 10

Add the correct punctuation to this sentence and write it out again.

 

Remember that you will need more than just speech marks!

 

That's the last time I'm going there declared Adil.

CORRECT ANSWER
"That's the last time I'm going there!" declared Adil.
EDDIE SAYS
The verb 'declared' tells us that we need an exclamation mark.
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