In dialogue, when a person is addressing someone and then switches to addressing another person, all within the same paragraph, what happens with the speech marks? Is it acceptable to have this speech all within the same set of speech marks or do I need to close one set of speech marks and then open up a new set when the orientation of addressee changes?
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Be clear as to who is speaking and who is being spoken to (see for example The Elements of Style by Strunk and White).
Your options are the following:
You could just write to who is addressed. For example (using Chappo's sentence): She turned to Beth. "Can you pass me the hammer?" she asked. Spinning around, she asked Ian, "Have you got the nails?"
All in one pair of quotation marks: She said, "Can you pass me the hammer, Beth? Ian, have you got the nails?"
There are some other options, but they would not make it clear who is spoken to.