If a person’s speech continues in the next paragraph, should the next paragraph begin with an open quotation mark?
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Yes. When a speaker’s words in dialogue extend to more than one paragraph, use an opening quotation mark at the beginning of each paragraph. Use a closing quotation mark, however, only at the end of the person’s speech, not at the end of every paragraph.