What is a dialogue? How a dialogue is written? What are some sample dialogues?

Dec 9, 2016

What is a dialogue? How a dialogue is written? What are some sample dialogues?


What is a dialogue? How a dialogue is written? What are some sample dialogues? Why we need to write dialogues? All these questions have been addressed in this post.

A dialogue means a talk between two persons. It is the combination of two words "di" and "logue". Di mean "two" and logue means "talk". Dialogue writing is a basic feature of drama writing. Dialogues are simply the conversation between two persons. The writes just what two characters say to each other.

For example, a simple dialogue between two persons is as:

A: What is the time?
B: It is nine O'clock.

Thus a dialogue is the exchange of words between the two persons. Dialogue writing enables the writer to gain a command of spoken English.

The principles of writing a dialogue:


  1. Dialogues are written in spoken expressions - not in formal literary language
  2. Dialogues include abbreviations such as won't, can't, I'm, it's and I'll etc.
  3. The exclamations like Good Heavens!, Really!, How nice!Well done!, Superb! etc are used.
  4. Instead of complete sentences, use phrases and punctuation.
  5. The characters in the dialogue should illustrate the contextual knowledge of their trade
  6. A dialogue should not be lengthy - usually 1500 words are good

Your dialogue should be:

  1. Realistic
  2. Conservational
  3. On a single given topic
  4. correctly punctuated

Here are some sample dialogues to be considered for deep understanding

  1. A dialogue between a doctor and a patient
  2. A dialogue between a teacher and a student about studies
  3. A dialogue between a countryman and a townsman
  4. A dialogue between a bookish student and an athlete student
  5. A dialogue between a shopkeeper and a customer
  6. A dialogue between a tailor and a customer
  7. A dialogue between a bookseller and a customer
  8. A dialogue between a ticket examiner and a passenger
  9. A dialogue between two students on time management
  10. A dialogue between the two students on hostel life
  11. A dialogue between the two friends about the choice of profession

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