Quotation Marks Exercise (215)

The following sentences are adapted from a conversation in The Lighthouse by P.D. James. Supply the quotation marks as needed.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: Staveley said, He’s in a strange mood. Obviously something’s happened to upset him.
Correct : Staveley said, "He’s in a strange mood. Obviously something’s happened to upset him."

2.
Original: Jo was the only one eating. She said easily, He lives in a permanent state of being upset.
Correct : Jo was the only one eating. She said easily, "He lives in a permanent state of being upset."

3.
Original: But not like this, Staveley said. Is he leaving or isn’t he?
Correct : "But not like this," Staveley said. "Is he leaving or isn’t he?"

4.
Original: Maycroft said, I profoundly hope he is. He turned to Mark Yelland. Will his latest novel create difficulties for you?
Correct : Maycroft said, "I profoundly hope he is." He turned to Mark Yelland. "Will his latest novel create difficulties for you?"

5.
Original: It will have its influence, Yelland said. Publicity is the last thing I want. He was told things which he had no right to know.
Correct : "It will have its influence," Yelland said. "Publicity is the last thing I want. He was told things which he had no right to know."

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