Okay, I absolutely must get this right. I invite everybody who stumbles upon this post to give their opinion.
Punctuating dialogue has always been a tricky thing, especially for someone who has learnt English as a second language. Let’s try the following:
1. “Hello,” said Fred. “How are you?”
To most people, this is the correct way. However, I’ve also read the following.
2. “Hello,” said Fred, “how are you?”
I tend to use number two, which someone told me was incorrect. He referred me to a dialogue punctuation guide but that didn’t solve my problem. The writer of that particular article didn’t even put an apostrophe in “youre”, thus raising question marks over his/her authority.
Anyway, I’m pleading to the teacher within every citizen of the internet. Please help me.