Do you put one space after a sentence, or two?

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  1. Availiasvision profile image84
    Availiasvisionposted 3 years ago

    Do you put one space after a sentence, or two?

    I know that the two space rule came from the days of typewriters, but it's just an awful habit to break.  My fingers push the double spacebar without thinking. For publishing purposes, should manuscripts use one or two spaces?

  2. billybuc profile image87
    billybucposted 3 years ago

    Either is acceptable, or so I was told. I still use the two spaces out of habit, but I know on ebooks either one can be done.

    1. Availiasvision profile image84
      Availiasvisionposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks. I know Jeff Goins has been preaching just one.  I personally like the look of two--but does that date us?

  3. JayeWisdom profile image92
    JayeWisdomposted 3 years ago

    Both the updated Associated Press Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style direct writers to always use a single space after a period. Computer fonts are proportionately spaced, so the second space is no longer needed. However, I’m just like the rest of you who learned on a typewriter. It’s hard to make the switch, and I catch myself double-spacing, then backing up to delete the extra space.

    WRITER’S DIGEST advises the one-space-after-a-sentence rule is not only widely accepted, it’s now expected, and writers are encouraged to switch.

    Yet, I've read opposing views about this issue (or 'non-issue') in writers' blogs. Finished copy in a magazine or traditionally published book will have one space, but a publication's editor won't reject your manuscript if you still use two.

    Eventually, we will all probably follow the one-space trend and forget what the fuss was about!

    1. Rochelle Frank profile image94
      Rochelle Frankposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      That is interesting and informative-- especially if AP and WD say it.  I still think two looks better, but I will try to adapt.  (Rats!.  I did it again.)

    2. Availiasvision profile image84
      Availiasvisionposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, that was very helpful. Great sources sited.

    3. Kylyssa profile image95
      Kylyssaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      The foolproof thing to do is to follow each publisher's submission guidelines using the style guide they prefer you to use.

  4. connorj profile image80
    connorjposted 3 years ago

    I have reduced from the standard of deux ("duh") to "there can only be one!"

  5. Faith Reaper profile image86
    Faith Reaperposted 3 years ago

    I still use the two space rule, being I am from the days of the typewriters.  And, yes, it is a terrible habit to try to break.  I read recently that there should only be one space now, but I just cannot seem to break that old habit. I hope it is acceptable either way.

  6. ForLoveofCupcakes profile image83
    ForLoveofCupcakesposted 3 years ago

    I've always been taught two spaces and I was taught on computers. I think two looks much better than one... Why switch?!

  7. Kylyssa profile image95
    Kylyssaposted 3 years ago

    Find out the preference of each publisher you send your work to.  If they want it printed out in landscape format in wingdings with images of cat butts instead of spaces, make it so.

    Go to the publisher's webpage and read through the submission guidelines.  These days, most include a link to the style guide they prefer you to adhere to.  Follow it religiously and not just Christmas and Easter religiously, but going-to-seminary religiously.  Anything you can do to make the editor notice only your writing and not the style of the manuscript is a good thing.

    I keep the style guide open right on my desktop when I'm double-checking a manuscript.  I find that it is vital when I'm writing to more than one style guide in a single day.

    Good luck!

  8. Edward J. Palumbo profile image84
    Edward J. Palumboposted 3 years ago

    On a typewriter (I know, ancient history), it was proper to put two spaces after a sentence. With a word processing application, one is sufficient because kerning and tracking is part of the application. Those who use two spaces in a word processed document display a typewriter background.

  9. Robert Levine profile image84
    Robert Levineposted 3 years ago

    I don't see why the two-space rule shouldn't continue on computers.  Double-spacing at the end of a sentence can help clarify that the sentence does indeed end if the last word is an abbreviation that takes a period, like etc. or M.D.


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