Quotations

Q. In a dialogue tag after a question or an exclamation (e.g., “What did you say?” she asked), should the initial letter of the tag be capitalized (“What did you say?” She asked) or should it remain lowercase?

A. Because the tag comes in the middle of the sentence, it should be lowercased. It should be capped if it begins a new sentence. For example,

“What did you say?” She asked the question in a tone that made my blood freeze.