Lately, I've been pondering about this question.

First of all, we already know that dialogue tags consist of a noun or a pronoun followed by a verb like "said," and "ask."

"Like this one," I said.

Also, when using an action tag, the dialogue must have a full stop.

"Like this?" I looked at the text above.

Would "is my only answer" be considered a dialogue tag with that structure? I can't really consider it one since it doesn't have the same structure.

"I don't know," is my only answer.

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    Why have you switched from past to present tense? In a (highly-stylised) present tense narrative context you could reasonably use is, but for the past tense context you've given here, it really needs to be "I don't know," was my only answer. – FumbleFingers Jun 5 at 12:05
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    I would not use a comma in the last example. (So, I would not consider it a dialogue tag.) But it's more a matter of style than anything else. Nor, for that matter, is there a dialague tag in your second example; it's simply two sentences. – Jason Bassford Jun 6 at 15:09
  • FumbleFingers, Actually, the last sentence was something I found from a book. Jason Bassford, I had said "action tag," not dialogue tag. But I thank the two of you for commenting on this. – Jeloh Simo Jun 12 at 1:51

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