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Is it possible to add a colon instead of a comma before quotations?

Like this:

Person A said: "Blah Blah Blah."

Not as in theatrical performance, but as used in an story.

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It is legitimate in some cases, and, truth be told, there are instances when it is preferable to a comma. Such as:

Upon giving it some thought, Person A divested himself of the following remark: "Well, you know. That's just the way it is, I suppose, as you might say."

Or:

Person A kept uttering all kinds of banalities, such as: "And what does that have to do with the price of beans, if I may ask?"

  • Do you know of any rules that might guide the choice? – Plown Over Sep 12 '18 at 21:20
  • Instinctive, I think. I may be wrong. – Ricky Sep 12 '18 at 21:29

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