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Practise Using Inverted Commas for Direct Speech

In this worksheet, students will practise using inverted commas and other punctuation when writing direct speech.

'Practise Using Inverted Commas for Direct Speech' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 4 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:   Assess Grammar and Vocabulary

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Writers often need or want to include someone's exact words in their writing.  


To do this, they use direct speech.


When writing direct speech, we need to use particular punctuation so that the reader can understand the writing.


We need to use inverted commas at the beginning and end of the speech.  They are sometimes called speech marks.  They go around the words being spoken.


"I love playing football," said Sarah.


girl with football


We also need to use a piece of punctuation before the closing inverted commas.  When the direct speech comes before a verb, as in the example above, we use a comma, a question mark, or an exclamation mark.  


Here are some examples:

"I don't feel well," said John.

"Would you like a glass of water?" she asked.

"Stop right there!" shouted the police officer.


boy with headache


Sometimes, we may choose to include the direct speech after a verb.  For example:


Sarah said, "I love playing football."


In this instance, we need to use a comma before the direct speech begins, and a punctuation mark (full stop, question mark or exclamation mark) before the closing inverted commas.  The direct speech must begin with a capital letter.


Here are some more examples:

John said, "I don't feel well."

She asked, "Would you like a glass of water?"

The police officer shouted, "Stop right there!"




There is one final rule to consider when writing direct speech.  Whenever a different person begins to speak, we need to begin a new line. 

Here is a short passage which shows this rule in action:


"I'm going to build my house of straw!" exclaimed the first little pig.

"I'm not sure if that is a very good idea," said the second little pig.

The third little pig asked, "What will you use?"

"Sticks of course!" he replied.


three little pigs


In this activity, you will have a go at writing your own short passage following these rules. 

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