Dialogue tags, also known as speech tags, are used by authors to identify which character is speaking. Their primary purpose is mechanical in nature. That is, they allow the writer to distinguish which sentences are spoken by which characters.
Generally, every sentence that describes an action or thought process will contain some form of dialogue. These include sentences such as "She asked him how he was doing," "He replied that he was fine," and "I replied that I was okay." Since all of these sentences describe actions taken by a character, they need a way to identify who is speaking. This is where the use of dialogue tags comes in.
Dialogue tags are simply words or phrases that indicate the speaker of a sentence. They can be used by themselves (he said), or along with other words (she asked me what I wanted for dinner). Dialogue tags are often represented using punctuation. For example, she asked me would you like milk with your coffee? Can be written as she asked me, "Would you like milk with your coffee?"
Using dialogue tags correctly is very important. Without them, the reader cannot tell which sentences belong to which character. This can cause problems later on when trying to match up quotations with their sources.
The exchange of spoken words between two or more characters in a book, play, or other written work is referred to as dialogue. Lines of conversation in prose are often characterized by quote marks and a dialogue tag, such as "she said." Lines of conversation in plays are preceded by the speaker's name. For example, one line of Hamlet's speech would be "to be or not to be..." Another famous line from Hamlet is "to die is different from what death appears to be," which contains four sentences. These two lines of dialogue are separated by periods because they are separate sentences.
There are three basic types of dialogue: quoted dialogue, un-quoted dialogue, and silent dialogue. In quoted dialogue, each statement made by a character is enclosed in quotation marks. This indicates that these are words that were actually spoken by a character in the story. Un-quoted dialogue does not have quotation marks around it; instead, the writer uses a dialogue tag to indicate who said what. A dialogue tag is a word or phrase used to identify who is speaking directly to whom. Silent dialogue occurs when there is no dialogue recorded in the text but the reader can still tell who is talking by how the story unfolds. For example, in Romeo and Juliet, most of the scenes are between Romeo and Juliet.
Speech tags associate a piece of dialogue with one of the characters, letting the reader know who is speaking. The dialogue tags are placed outside the quote marks, whereas the punctuation is placed within. The comma appears before the first quote mark if the conversation tag comes before the dialogue. Otherwise, a dash serves as the delimiter.
A story consists of a series of conversations. In writing these down, it is necessary to indicate when one speaker has finished talking and another begins. This is done by using speech tags. A speech tag is a word or phrase that indicates to the reader which character is speaking at any given time. There are three main types of speech tags: quotation marks ("), parentheses , and dashes (-).
Within quotation marks, you can use any word or phrase that identifies a specific character's speech. For example, if I wanted to say that John talked about his job interview while Jane listened, I could write this down as follows: "John said something about his job interview and Jane replied." Here, the word "something" makes reference to both John and his job interview at the same time because we know from context that it was John who spoke the sentence. If there were several people involved in the conversation, then each one would need their own set of quotation marks.
Outside of quotation marks, words such as "he/she/they said" identify general speech.
Dialogue serves numerous functions as a literary device. It can move the story along, expose a character's thoughts or feelings, or demonstrate how characters respond in the present. Dialogue is written using quote marks around the actual words of the speaker. In fiction, people don't say things in complete sentences so the writer doesn't write quotes marks around all of their words.
In this passage, dialogue is used to show us what happens after the hit man leaves the hotel room. As he walks down the street, various people pass by him, but we don't learn anything about any of them from his conversation with the desk clerk. They tell him nothing about themselves other than their job titles, and they have no emotional involvement with one another like friends or family would. This scene could have been expressed in a more concise way without using dialogue; however, it helps to expand on our understanding of the main character and his situation.
Would you say that this use of dialogue is effective? Why or why not?
Yes, because it shows us what happens next in the story. Without this dialogue, we would have no idea what happened to the hitman after he left the hotel room. He might have gone out for coffee, returned home, packed his suitcase, and then left the country without saying goodbye to anyone.