One or Two Spaces?

Annemarie Annemarie
I was always taught that it was one space after the end of a sentence, not two, but have encountered numerous people that put two spaces. How many spaces do you typically put after a period/after the end of a sentence?
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Just one.
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156  (63%)
Two.
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78  (32%)
Sometimes three! (I'm a little crazy like that.)
Other.
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12  (5%)
Total votes: 246
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Crystal1 Crystal1
I was always taught two spaces, but the company that I do freelance writing for requires one, so I have been having to retrain my brain.
01/04/2011
darthkitt3n darthkitt3n
I always put just one.
01/04/2011
Jimbo Jones Jimbo Jones
I used to do two spaces at the end of sentences and was taught that way in a typing class in high school, but I later noticed that it had been deemed unnecessary so I stopped doing it. I know it is a habit that many have a hard time breaking, but I didn't have that much trouble.
01/04/2011
Taylor Taylor
I usually just do one. I was taught in school to use two spaces, so I usually do that for papers and things I write for my classes. I never do it outside of school though.
01/04/2011
SexyTabby SexyTabby
It was drilled into me in school there's two spaces after a period however if characters and space is an issue I will only put one.
01/04/2011
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
I was taught 2 my whole life until I went back to school. I took a Business English class that told us that it is now accepted to do 1. My teacher told us that both are grammatically correct, and it's all a matter of the writer's preference.
01/04/2011
lamira lamira
I always put two. It's a habit of mine, especially after writing as many papers as I have.
01/04/2011
leela leela
According to most current style guidelines, it's supposed to be one space after a period. If you look in a book or anything else that's published today, you'll never find two. Two spaces is just a throwback to when people used typewriters. But like a lot of people, I was taught to type two, and it's a hard habit to break.
01/04/2011
Liz2 Liz2
Just one, the less clicks the better.
01/04/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
I was taught one space. So I only do one in my reviews - unless I accidently hit the space bar a second time and haven't realised.
01/04/2011
C4ss C4ss
Just one.
01/04/2011
RomeroB RomeroB
I was taught to put two.
01/04/2011
LicentiouslyYours LicentiouslyYours
Two spaces is a hold over from those of us who were, at one time, using typewriters. Current computer software, which most of us use to type these days, automatically increases the visual space after periods for us.

This means there is absolutely no need for 2 spaces between sentences, however many people, even typing teachers, don't realize this and continue to pass it on as a current style rule.

One is all you need!
01/04/2011
Anne Ardeur Anne Ardeur
Two, though I will reduce to one if there's a character limit concern or I need to write in a specific style that requires one space. Personally, I prefer two, it just looks better IMO.
01/04/2011
ToyGeek ToyGeek
Literary classes teach two, and business classes teach one, just to keep society bickering.
01/04/2011
Darling Jen Darling Jen
Quote:
Originally posted by LicentiouslyYours
Two spaces is a hold over from those of us who were, at one time, using typewriters. Current computer software, which most of us use to type these days, automatically increases the visual space after periods for us.

This means there is ... More
Ditto!

It's a stylistic choice from "the old days". It's not wrong to do it, but it's unnecessary. I was always taught the more recent redefinitions of rules so I've always used a single space.

Along the same lines is the difference of commas:

"I want this, this and that." <- One style that uses only one comma to separate three or more items.

"I want this, this, and that." <- The style that separates all three (or more) items.

The second is the one I've always been taught and used. The other one really aggravates me because my mind will instead put the last two items together and the sentence can change meaning.
01/04/2011
LicentiouslyYours LicentiouslyYours
Quote:
Originally posted by Darling Jen
Ditto!

It's a stylistic choice from "the old days". It's not wrong to do it, but it's unnecessary. I was always taught the more recent redefinitions of rules so I've always used a single space.

Along the same ... More
Actually, both examples here are correct. It's a matter of knowing which style is appropriate for the situation. You find the example with 2 commas, instead of 3, used most often in magazine-type publications vs. the more formal academic writing or some newspapers.

These days, it's a matter of checking the style standards for a particular publication. I prefer using just the two, feeling that the "and" serves as a sufficient separator and including a comma makes it redundant.
01/04/2011
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
I was taught that formal things like dissertations should use two, everything else is one.
01/04/2011
LicentiouslyYours LicentiouslyYours
Quote:
Originally posted by ~LaUr3n~
I was taught that formal things like dissertations should use two, everything else is one.
I'd say only if you are typing your dissertation on a typewriter would this be true. Technology handles the task for us these days and putting two spaces in where they are not needed serves only to screw with the text flow programming included in most all the software we use today for typing out documents.
01/05/2011
gone77 gone77
Just one space for me. I was never taught anything different, so it was weird when I first started seeing people use two. I was like, wtf? I didn't realize at the time that it was once taught as standard for a lot of people.
01/05/2011
Eliza Eliza
Quote:
Originally posted by ToyGeek
Literary classes teach two, and business classes teach one, just to keep society bickering.
That's my experience too. I was taught two spaces in middle and high school, and when I got to college it turns out it depends on the field. English classes like two, and my journalism classes like one.
01/05/2011
liilii080 liilii080
As an English major in college we were always told two. It seems to depend on what the person/group you're for specifies.
01/05/2011
Hot'n'Bothered Hot'n'Bothered
I was always taught to use two spaces. So that's what I do!
01/06/2011
Rockin' Rockin'
I used to put two, since that's what I was taught in grade school, but have since retrained myself to type only one space. It took about two weeks of solid, conscious effort to change that habit.
01/06/2011
Envy Envy
I was taught to put one. When in school that said if you did two spaces or whatever, it was considered cheating since it made your essay longer than what it was. Some people got bright in putting spaces between letters and two spaces between words to make it look like the paper was longer than what it was, and teachers cracked down on it. Some even take rulers out to make sure the spacing is correct.

And I went for a major in English.

If you notice though, you may use two spaces, but it seems the system edits the posts or something and I only seem to see one space between sentences.
01/06/2011
Danielle915 Danielle915
I only use 1 space!
01/06/2011
Redboxbaby Redboxbaby
I was taught two in high school and even looking back into my writing essentials manuals from college, they state for formal writings it should be two spaces. Granted, it was more than 10 years ago, but we still had computers. My college professors always placed a word minimum on our papers never a page or character minimum.
01/06/2011
Kim! Kim!
I was initially taught two. I've since gone back to school and been told that one is new more modern and acceptable way to punctuate sentences. I think that the mystical "they" say that it's more readable.
01/06/2011
Kim! Kim!
Quote:
Originally posted by Darling Jen
Ditto!

It's a stylistic choice from "the old days". It's not wrong to do it, but it's unnecessary. I was always taught the more recent redefinitions of rules so I've always used a single space.

Along the same ... More
I hate it when people don't use the Oxford Comma! If it isn't there then the sentence can totally have a new meaning.
01/06/2011
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