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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

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
    Favourite answer

    I was taught comma at school. I have never seen a colon used, even in novels or news articles. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    You don't read much, do you?

  • John P
    Lv 7
    1 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.

  • 1 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.

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