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I'm not sure if there should be a comma after 'said' in this situation. I'm picky about punctuation and want to discover what is acceptable. Can't find any similar questions/answers. - Which (maybe both) is correct?

She quickly said, instead, "Hello."

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She quickly said instead, "Hello."

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Neither of those example sentence look entirely natural.

I would rephrase it in one of two ways:

She quickly said, "Hello," instead.
Instead, she quickly said, "Hello."

Which version would depend the context. (The style of the surrounding text, and so on.)

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