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Do you type 1 space or 2 spaces after the ending punctuation mark?

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I'm 38 and was taught keyboarding on a computer in the late 90s. We learned two spaces after the end of a sentence. Have I been wrong for 20 years?
 

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I usually do two. Then if I'm posting something where I have a character limit and I need to get some characters back, I go around deleting the second space.
 

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I'm 38 and was taught keyboarding on a computer in the late 90s. We learned two spaces after the end of a sentence. Have I been wrong for 20 years?

That changed at some point after you were taught.

I took technical writing as a part of my college curriculum and it was 2 spaces - early/mid 80's. One of the guys I was doing a proposal with in 2011 told me I was wrong. I challanged him, but it seems he was correct. The convention changed.
 

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For awhile I was frustrated that two spaces wouldn't show up at the end of my sentence in most computer settings. But I've gotten used to it.
 

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I use one space for a comma. Two spaces for a period. I've been wrong for 60 years.
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I learned on a typewriter. I use 2 spaces.
 

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I'm 64 and freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose. I type two spaces after a period.
 

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48. As a kid I got a whiff of it and then a brutal smackdown (a C) for extending paper length.
 
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I had never even heard of using 2 spaces until recently. My new boss prefers 2 spaces, but 1 is so ingrained it's hard to do.
 

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I'm 38 and was taught keyboarding on a computer in the late 90s. We learned two spaces after the end of a sentence. Have I been wrong for 20 years?

You've been wrong. Face it, the last 20 years have been an utter failure because of all that wasted space you created.
 

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You've been wrong. Face it, the last 20 years have been an utter failure because of all that wasted space you created.

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Whostillusesspaces?
 

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S p a c e s a r e G o o d . I d o n ' t k n o w w h a t I w o u l d d o w i t h o u t s p a c e s .
 

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One space is all you need on computer related typing, while when printing hand notes, it might be better to use two spaces to make the text more readable.
 

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Do you type 1 space or 2 spaces after the ending punctuation mark?

I type two spaces after terminal punctuation marks I use as such.
  • Periods:
    • One space or no space (as appropriate given the grammar of the sentence/phrase) --> Periods used to indicate abbreviations. For example: Mr., Mrs., and other abbreviations that require periods. (You'll notice I put no space between the period following the "r" and "s" and the serial/Oxford commas.)
  • Periods and question marks:
    • No space --> I use the American style of punctuation, so I place terminal punctuation inside quotation marks. I follow "terminal" quotation marks with two spaces.
    • Two spaces --> I type two spaces after periods and question marks that end sentences, provided the next sentence is in the same paragraph/line.
    • N/A --> Terminal punctuation followed by a line break.
  • Colons: Colons can be quasi-terminal when they are followed by a line break.
    • Following space quantity is N/A --> Colons followed by a line break.
    • Two spaces --> Colons followed by text on the same line.
 

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I'm 38 and was taught keyboarding on a computer in the late 90s. We learned two spaces after the end of a sentence. Have I been wrong for 20 years?

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No. Moreover, I'm not sure it's a "right or wrong" thing.

The two-space convention makes reading easier and it makes scanning faster because one's eye can fairly readily distinguish the extra space. That extra space is helpful to speed readers; others may not care.

FWIW, it seems that this website will display one space after terminal periods even if one types two.
 

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I really don't think it matters.
 

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I'm 38 and was taught keyboarding on a computer in the late 90s. We learned two spaces after the end of a sentence. Have I been wrong for 20 years?

Was taught typing on a typewriter using old form with the 2 spaces after periods and such. I kind of gave that up on the interwebz.
 

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Like, why? I've never heard of this.
 

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It was standard formatting protocol for typing when typing involved typewriters and not computers.

But why? Did the typewriters put the words too close together?
 

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But why? Did the typewriters put the words too close together?

I'm not sure. I think it was to define a difference between spaces that were merely between words and spaces that kicked off a new sentence? Dunno.
 

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I'm not sure. I think it was to define a difference between spaces that were merely between words and spaces that kicked off a new sentence? Dunno.

That's what punctuation is for? :lol:

The mystery remains, lol.
 
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