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comment Attributives in dialogue
He's right ... I was asking specifically if he said and she said are appropriate attributives for questions, because technically the character isn't saying, they're asking. They're obviously standard dialogue tags otherwise.
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comment Attributives in dialogue
BTW -- that is a fantastic article you linked to, far better than any of the answers here.
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comment Attributives in dialogue
Kate, you're missing the point about strong dialogue. If you need to make it clear a character is mumbling, it doesn't need to be an attributive. It can be a declaration.
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comment Attributives in dialogue
Uhm, can you really speak with a sigh? "I guess so," he sighed for example, is pretty much a physical impossibility.
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comment Attributives in dialogue
Yeah, but ... they're never necessary. They're never a "better" choice than a transparent attribution that doesn't call attention to itself. If it is necessary, then it's just shoring up weak dialogue.
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revised What software can handle both revision control and layout?
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comment Attributives in dialogue
Ah, I completely object to them. They're distracting at best, which is why I'm concerned about the over-use of "asked."
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comment What software can handle both revision control and layout?
I think the question is just fine.
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comment American English: Is it acceptable sentence structure to write, “May God have compassion on your family, in whole.”?
And I'll add, this question is more appropriate for english.stackexchange.com ...
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comment I'm getting tired of “he said” “she said” in dialogue; how do I get around it?
I have to agree this isn't a good example. If you have to constantly explain your dialogue to the reader, it's not good dialogue.
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