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September 12th, 2002, 03:03 PM
"which do u prefer?" asked bir
"which do u prefer?" bir asked
"this one?" said bir
"this one?" bir said?
just curious
:) :D ;) :p :cool:

September 12th, 2002, 03:09 PM
hmmm...we do have a grammar query thread if you are looking for advice on the use of english....I am assuming that is what you want. Perhaps a less cryptic post might have been better...

Aidan Aasarin
September 12th, 2002, 06:22 PM
I would pick "said Bir" over "Bir said" and "asked Bir" over "Bir asked."

September 12th, 2002, 07:15 PM
If I were just curious.. It is oversaid that when asked, Bir said this curious one, which u prefer, is just curious.

September 13th, 2002, 02:28 AM
If you read Jordan or Tolkien they have the name then said.

If you read young aldult or children books, they tend to use said before the name.

September 13th, 2002, 03:20 AM
You can use both, but I think it all depends on whether it comes before or after the dialogue. e.g.

I said, "This is one way of putting it"

"and this is another", said I.

said I, "this is a more old fashioned style"

Doesn't really matter too much. I've seen writers chop and change between the two.

September 13th, 2002, 09:51 AM
tnx :D
btw i think tolkien used the said then name

September 17th, 2002, 07:52 AM
"I use this one," said Juzzza.

"Unless I am describing something after the dialogue," Juzzza said with a huge grin.

September 19th, 2002, 05:16 PM
"It is all a matter of style," Holbrook mumbled and continued " I tend to use both or neither"

"You don't, do you?"


"Well, should you not use something?"

"It depends how many people are in the conversation, Albert."

"Speaking of which, you have left my hat in the clutches of a stampeding camel."

"Sorry about that."

"I should think you are." Albert retorted, as he leant against the wall, legs slowly crossing as he sighed.

September 19th, 2002, 07:01 PM
I quite like that style too Holbrook, I tend to use it myself for the exclusive traffic of conversation between two characters.