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Questions tagged [dialogues]

Alternance de parole entre deux ou plusieurs interlocuteurs.

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Why do French dialog tags in books sometimes use inversion, but are not asking a question?

I was reading a French book and noticed that some dialog tags appear inverted. Where in English we would write: "Come here," he shouted. In French I read: — Venez ici, crie-t-il. Why not “...
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Does “cracher” carry a negative connotation to express the idea of “force out the words”?

Mustering all her strength, she forced out the words. -- {Context: She is on her deathbed} In translating this sentence into French, I'm looking for the right word that captures the nuance of "...
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The French version of “I return your kindness”

How would you say something like this in French: I hope that I can return (or pay back) your kindness (your favor)
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Why doesn't dialogue use any identifying punctuation in French?

Reading books in French, I've noticed that the formatting of dialogue differs from English in a slightly confusing way. See this example: — N'importe quoi ! répondit François en riant. Les monstres ...
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« Même si j’appréhendais » ou « Même si je l'appréhendais »

Je cherche à retranscrire un dialogue, puis-je utiliser cette formulation ? Même si j’appréhendais, je rêvais de pouvoir vivre ce moment.
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In dialogue, how do we separate the speaker's from the narrator's voice?

I am reading Le Comte de Monte Cristo, and the following sentence completely stumped me. I had to obtain an English translation to work out what it was saying. — Oui, dit la marquise, sans que ce ...
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Deux points, dialogue et guillemets

Dans l'extrait suivant: Elle dit : — Voilà cette chose, Nicolas. — Merci Caroline. — De rien. Est-ce que cet extrait a une construction correcte ou a-t-on besoin de mettre des guillemets ? ...