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Tina: I had a strange dream last night.
Jack: Well, dreams are always strange. I've never had an absolutely "normal" dream. So what did you dream about?
Tina: I dreamed about a skyscraper devouring a small "Starbucks"

What do you call a single part of a dialogue that is spoken by one person? (There are three such parts written here: The first and the last one are spoken by Tina, and the middle one is by Jack.)

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In acting, these are called lines

lines the words of an actor's part in a play or film. [NOAD]

Normally these are used in plural, but can be used to refer to a single line of dialogue.

  • Hmm... what if Jack proceeded to perform a monologue? Would it still be called a line if it went over to the next page of the script? (I have no idea myself.) – Cerberus Mar 19 '11 at 12:53
  • It would still be his lines, but would be specifically referred to as a soliloquy in that case. – Robusto Mar 19 '11 at 12:57
  • OK noted. I couldn't think of anything else either. – Cerberus Mar 19 '11 at 13:06
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You can say lines, in the sense of “the words of an actor's part in a play or film”. Example of use:

the problem with Jack is that, in the love scene with Rob, he couldn't say (or deliver) his lines with enough passion

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