My Mom kinda chuckles and says “Kevin, that’s because you’re using adrenaline to run away from the…creature.”

Should I put punctuation after "says"?

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You should always put a comma between words like ‘says’ and a direct speech in apostrophes.

Read up more about the use of punctuation in direct speech here.

  • Daniel, thanks for helping me! So if I'm understanding you then I would also use a comma in this sentence after "says", correct? "Nick looks over at Pete, and says "Hey, how are you?" Dec 18, 2017 at 17:57
  • Yes. The correct sentence should be “Nick looks over at Pete and says, “Hey, how are you?””
    – danielloid
    Dec 18, 2017 at 17:58
  • Alright, I'm learning! I find learning English very difficult yet very satisfying. Would it be appropriate to ask you for help on a different topic while I have you here? I am having trouble with narration and could not find a "Narration or Narrative" option under posting questions. Is the character narration in the appropriate spot in the last sentence after “Janet:”? The conversation is: Ralph: “How are you?” Janet: “I’m fine, Ralph.” Ralph: “Anything new been going on?” Janet: Janet starts laughing, “Yeah, I fell off the back porch again.” Dec 18, 2017 at 18:11
  • Yes, that should be correct.
    – danielloid
    Dec 19, 2017 at 6:23

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