PUNCTUATION OF DIRECT SPEECH Note the positions of commas (,) and speech marks ("....."). Question marks (?) and exclamation marks (!) are followed by capital letters, except sometimes in direct speech. Examples. "It begins at 7.30," said Alan. "I could bring a bottle of wine," suggested George. "Red or white?" "Either," said Alan, "but it's not really necessary." "Why not?" asked George. "We're celebrating my birthday at the pub!" exclaimed Alan. Exercise Punctuation Rewrite the following sentences with correct punctuation.