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The phrase introducing, interrupting, or following directed speech that mainly serves to identify the speaker, e.g., “he said”.

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How would I go about including a he-said/she-said statement?

I’m writing a book where in the beginning, we’re introduced to the couple by a conversation they’re having. I’m wondering how I can phrase it correctly? "It's like I don't even know you anymore, ...
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When would you use “said he”?

From Lord of the Rings: ‘You be careful of yourself, Maggot!’ she called. ‘Don’t go arguing with any foreigners, and come straight back!’ ‘I will!’ said he, and drove out of the gate. Normally ...
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He said “she is pretty” [closed]

How to correctly punctuate this? He said "she is pretty". Is a comma a must after 'said'? Do we need to make 's' in 'she' capitalized?
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“He said, X” vs. “X, he said” vs. “X, said he”

I’ve long wondered how in reported speech, what sort of change in nuance is produced by switching around the normal order of the subject (that is, the speaker) and the “speech-related” verb (such as ...
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About using “said” in dialogue

I want to know if there are any rules regarding using said before or after a name. For example, which of the following is correct? "I am going to the bank," said John. "I am going to the ...