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Mark Hoffmann:
for Jo or anyone who knows the answer.

I'm reading Jo's A Bleeding of Innocents - which is excellent BTW - and noticed a format thing I've not seen before and wondered about it.

Where there's a long piece of dialogue and it is broken into paragraphs, the new indented para starts with a quotation mark. Like this:

blah blah dialogue blah.
     'Blah blah new paragraph dialogue blah

Note there's no closing quote at the end of the first para.

The fact it's a single quote is not a factor. All quotes are single.

M

Gyppo:
That's the convention, Mark.  No closing quote until that bit of dialogue is finished.

Although it is broken in paragraphs the same person is still speaking.

But the speech mark at the start of each paragraph is an alert/reminder to the reader that the same person is still talking.

Gyppo

Mark Hoffmann:
Thanks, G. I'm assuming not everyone uses that format. Or have I not been paying attention for the last 50 years of reading.  :)

hillwalker3000:

--- Quote from: Mark Hoffmann on June 19, 2020, 11:25:56 AM ---Thanks, G. I'm assuming not everyone uses that format. Or have I not been paying attention for the last 50 years of reading.  :)

--- End quote ---

Everyone uses it - to the best of my knowledge - unless they don't have a full grasp of correct punctuation. You only close quotes when that person stops speaking.

Mark Hoffmann:
You live and learn.  :)

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