1 or 2 spaces?

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How many spaces?

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  1. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    After you type a sentence, do you type one or two spaces after the period?
     
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  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I try to type one but I usually find myself typing two because in my work it is required that we use two.
     
  4. TEG macrumors 604

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    I type two because it is the standard for the English Language.

    TEG
     
  5. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    one. but my mom does two. Is there a standard way to do this? MLA?
     
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    I used to type one until high school, when they required us to use two, which I still do.
     
  9. Rt&Dzine macrumors 6502a

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    I thought that 2 spaces went out years ago with the fall of the typewriter.
     
  10. joro macrumors 68020

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    YES! One here as well ;)
     
  11. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    I found out about 2 like a year ago when I was proofreading a paper and I was like "dude you have too many spaces" lol

    I still do one
     
  12. joro macrumors 68020

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    For some reason, I want to say older versions of Word use to automatically include 2 spaces which may have started the problem.
     
  13. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    It is?
     
  14. localoid macrumors 68020

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    The AP stylebook rule is one space after a period.

    Regardless of whether you use one or two spaces, if you're writing for the Web it doesn't really matter. Most Web browsers will only render one space after a period.
     
  15. Pyrotechnic macrumors 6502

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    Just one space here in the UK. Thats what we are taught.

    The problem I have is putting a question mark at the end of a sentence, do you leave one or none.

    EG

    What is your name?

    or

    What is your name ?

    I could never work it out
     
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  17. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    i leave none for a ? when i am typing a question lol
     
  18. xlii macrumors 68000

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    It's two spaces after a . or ? or ! at the end of a sentence.
    It's one space after a , or ; in the middle of a sentence. I thought everyone who went to school in and English speaking country would know that. This is 1st and 2nd grade stuff we are talking about here.
     
  19. sn00pie macrumors 6502a

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    I never knew people used two spaces after a sentence. I do all of my university work with one space too. I'm Canadian afterall, we make it easy on ourselves.

    dukebound, its right after, so;

    What is your name?
     
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    I also think the weather is awesome right now. I'm almost finished drinking a pitcher of Long Island Iced Tea while laying out on my back deck.

    I'm currently listening to my iPhone on shuffle.
     
  22. xlii macrumors 68000

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    You shout and I'll bang a drum. This is almost as odd as Gov. Sandford cover story about hiking the Appalachian trail while he's balling his eyes out in Argentina. I went to school in the 50s and 60s and by 2nd grade we knew it was 2 spaces after the period at the end of a sentence. Don't they still teach punctuation in school today?
     
  23. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    i only see one space there lol
     
  24. xlii macrumors 68000

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    Forallyouonespacersouttherewhydon'tyourunallyourwordstogetherlikethis.Anythingelseandyouarejustkillingtrees.It'smuchmoreefficientthisway,spacesaresuchawaste.
     
  25. LizKat macrumors 68040

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    Two. That's what I learned in school, back --baaaaaaaaaaack-- in the days of typing class.

    Two spaces were supposed to improve the reader's chance of appreciating the end of sentence condition. Now I still rather dislike software that removes extra spaces I put between sentences.

    As for question marks or other punctuation, there's no space between the word and the mark, at least for American writers. I always thought an exclamation point could use that space so sometimes I provide it. Let the recipients of my posts or mails sue me if they don't like it !!! :rolleyes: and the more exclamation points, the merrier. :)
     

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