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    periods?

    Hi, I was wondering if you have to do two spaces after a period when writing a cover letter? Thanks

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    Re: periods?

    I know that worldwide, different style manuals have different rules. In America, we use two spaces after a period and before a new sentence.

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    Re: periods?

    Umm, well... that's a matter of style. The AP style book now says to use only a single space, and many businesses now also use a single space. So you can use one or two, but just make sure you use the same number each time and don't go back and forth.

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    Re: periods?

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    Hi, I was wondering if you have to do two spaces after a period when writing a cover letter? Thanks

    This, Courier New, is a fixed-width font. Each letter takes up the same width on the page. In this case, using a double space can be appropriate, since it helps give a better look to the paragraph.

    This, Arial, is a variable-width font. Each letter takes up a different width, depending on the constructing of the letter, with "i" being the narrowest, and "w" about the widest. In this case, it is normal to use a single space.


    If I am writing a formal letter, I will use a word-processor, and set the paragraph style to "justified", meaning that there are straight margins on both the left and the right of each page. In this case, the word-processor will automatically slightly adjust the spacings between words without my needing to type in a double space. Microsoft Word, I believe, automatically gives a slightly wider spacing to the word after a full stop [period] even if you have only typed a single space. (It is not possible to demonstrate this effect in the word processor.)


    Oh, and the character "." is called a "period" in the US, but a "full stop" in England.

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    Re: periods?

    Thanks for clearing that up, Mark. I learned to type on a Smith-Corona manual and I haven't changed my style much in the intervening forty-odd years. I'm always glad to learn something new.

    Mike

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    Re: periods?

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    Thanks for clearing that up, Mark. I learned to type on a Smith-Corona manual and I haven't changed my style much in the intervening forty-odd years. I'm always glad to learn something new.

    Mike

    It took me for-freaking-ever to learn not to space twice after hitting the period. Old habits die hard.

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