Hi, Can a colon be used instead of a comma before quotation marks as following sentence?
He said: "I live in New York."
Yes, it can (as the quotation here is an independent clause). However, the comma is the default. From Longman English Grammar:
"When the subject + reporting verb comes at the beginning of a sentence, the reporting verb is always followed by a comma (sometimes by a colon in Am E) and the quotation begins with a capital letter."
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