Use Commas to Indicate a Quote

Quotation marks should only be used for a speaker's exact words. Don't modify words if you're going to use quotation marks. The following example shows the correct use of commas when quoting a speaker.

In her opening remarks, Ms. Kingsley said, "As I said a year ago, business is great!"

Notice the positions of the three commas in the sentence:

1. after the introductory prepositional phrase (In her opening remarks)

2. between the attribution of the quote and the quote (Ms. Kingsley said)

3. after the opening dependent clause within the quote (As I said a year ago)

Once you understand where commas need to go and why, putting them there is fairly straightforward.

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