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    Default No space before, one space after

    In my opinion, there is no space before full stop or period and we need one space after it.

    My questions;

    1- Is this correct?

    2- Is it the same for other punctuations marks like comma, question mark, colon, hyphen, etc.

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    Default Re: No space before, one space after

    Some styles use two spaces after a period, but this is more old fashioned.

    Apart from dashes -- like this -- you are correct.

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    Default Re: No space before, one space after

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Some styles use two spaces after a period, but this is more old fashioned.
    ...
    Sadly true . I blame the time-study men (The Pajama Game:
    I am a time-study man
    And a time-study man can't waste time
    'Cos for a time-study man to waste time
    Is a CRIME
    On a manual typewriter, a double space might take half a second (if you wait for the carriage to come to rest each time: kerchunk kerchunk). Add half a second to each sentence, and that's...
    I figured it out
    I figured it out
    With a pencil and a pad
    I figured it out.
    Only five years from today
    Only five years from today
    I can see it
    Clear as daylight
    Only five years from today:
    [Five years, now let me see...]...
    ) That's enough from The Pajama Game.

    Moving on from manual typewriters, many WYSIWYG word-processing packages won't let you put two spaces after a full-stop: you can keep hitting the space-bar until you're blue in the face, but what comes out will be a single space.

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    Default Re: No space before, one space after

    I first encountered it as a requirement in a report due to the US gov't. Someone had figured out that the extra white space contributed to extra pages being printed.

    And you're right about software. We discussed this a while back. You can't put 5 spaces after a sentence in this forum and it will show up as one space.

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    Default Re: No space before, one space after

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    You can't put 5 spaces after a sentence in this forum and it will show up as one space.
    How about this? - ..........That's about ten spaces.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: No space before, one space after

    Quote Originally Posted by love-you-mom View Post
    In my opinion, there is no space before a full stop (or period) and we need one space after it.
    This is not an opinion. It's a rule of written English.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: No space before, one space after

    Is that so? One space.
    Is that so? Two spaces.

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    Default Re: No space before, one space after

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    How about this? - ..........That's about ten spaces.
    You must be magic, cause it doesn't work that way for me.

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    Default Re: No space before, one space after

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    You must be magic, cause it doesn't work that way for me.
    I cheated.

    I put a row of dots and then changed the font colour to white. It's tedious, but useful sometimes.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: No space before, one space after

    Thank you all.


    In my opinion, there is no space before a full stop (or period) and we need one space after it.

    This is not an opinion. It's a rule of written English.
    You are right! Thanks.


    I cheated.

    I put a row of dots and then changed the font colour to white. It's tedious, but useful sometimes.
    Ha ha ha.

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