Would I use a colon or a comma in this sentence?
Mrs.Smith said "The students will have no homework tonight.".
would I put a comma or a colon after said? I was thinking comma but some websites are saying colon
- Anonymous1 month agoFavourite answer
I was taught comma at school. I have never seen a colon used, even in novels or news articles.
- Anonymous1 month ago
You don't read much, do you?
- John PLv 71 month ago
I tend to use a colon after 'said' etc. As I recollect from school days 60 years ago and more, the thinking then was 'comma'.
My objection to a comma is that many sentences naturally contain several commas, so we need a different form of punctuation to introduce direct speech.
- AmulyaPLv 51 month ago
The sentence is in direct speech and the first part of sentence "Mrs.. Smith said " is called reporting speech, at the end of this reporting speech the comma is to be put appropriately.
So, the use of comma is unavailable.