We use comma to set off a quote. Example:

Yesterday, Al came to me and said, "What are you doing?"

But when I want to express a thought to someone or myself, how do we punctuate it?

I thought to myself, "Can't he see what I am doing?"


I said to myself, "Can't he see what I am doing?"

is it correct? Or is there any other way to punctuate it?

  • "I thought,", "He thought," will do. No need "myself" . "Said" is when you really talked.
    – XPMai
    Sep 26, 2015 at 13:56
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    @XPMai Thanks :) yeah, no need for "myself."
    – Usernew
    Sep 26, 2015 at 13:58
  • writersrelief.com/blog/2008/07/…
    – Joe Dark
    Sep 26, 2015 at 13:59

1 Answer 1


The punctuation is the same whether it's you thinking, or someone else saying. Basically, leading into any quoted phrase, you use a comma followed by the opening double-inverted-apostrophe

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