English as a Second Language/Direct Speech Sentences.

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Respected Amy Baker,

How are you? I hope that you are fine. People write direct speech sentences in two different ways. Which one is correct? Are both of them correct?


1) James said to me, "He is, indeed, a nice person."

2) James said to me: He is, indeed, a nice person.

3) Both of them are correct.

4) Both of them are absolutely wrong.

Context:- Here James is Talking about Sam. He is saying that Sam is a nice person.



Thanks.

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Hi Den,

thank you for this question.

Option 1 is the right one if you ask me. Direct speech sentences should be enclosed in inverted commas, or even quotation marks.

James said to me, 'He is indeed, a nice person.'

or

James said to me, "He is indeed, a nice person."

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/punctuation-in-direct-speech

I hope this helps :)

Best,

Amy  

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