Poll: How many space after a period?
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One
229 81%
Two
53 19%
Other
1 0%
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#1
Question for the Pit:

When you are typing on the computer, how many spaces do you put after a period before you start a new sentence? I know the proper way to do it is two spaces (which I learned in high school keyboarding) but since I've regressed back to using one period.

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#2
I use one.

I think they tried to teach us that it was two way back in like... fourth grade. But it never stuck.
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One, why would I do more than necessary?
We never learned that 2 is better.
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#6
One space. Two spaces is too wide and it makes the sentences look weird and it requires more effort.
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Quote by Trowzaa
One, why would I do more than necessary?
We never learned that 2 is better.



Yet another failing of the substandard UK education system.
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#8
I've read that the two spaces rule dates back to typewriters, because they couldn't space properly or something. Seems kind of stupid to apply it to modern computers.


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Yet another failing of the substandard UK education system.


Because an extra space is the most pressing matter right now
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Because an extra space is the most pressing matter right now



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#11
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See, this is what separates the USA from third-world nations like yours.


Everybody knows that it should be four spaces anyway. The US is just worlds apart when it comes to formalities such as these.

edit: Fuck you UG, I did 4 spaces there.
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#12
two spaces of course. though it bothers me that in the forums here on UG, even if you type two spaces or more, it only displays one. try it yourself or quote my post.
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#14
Two. I do it reflexively after periods and colons, so I do it both in formal and informal speech.
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#15
I use only one. That said, two looks better.
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#16
One when I'm posting on forums and such, two when I'm typing up essays, reports, etc.
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#17
I always put one space after a period.Otherwise,my phrases start to look bunched up,a little bit like this.It gets annoying.
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#18
I always use two. Whatever brainwashing they did to me won't allow me to use one.
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#19
I've literally never heard of using 2 spaces before.
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#20
2. 1 only if I'm under a character limit or text messaging.
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#21
Quote by Trowzaa
One, why would I do more than necessary?
We never learned that 2 is better.


This.
#24
I've honestly never heard of 2. I've been writing essays and research papers for years. I figure a professor or teacher would be upset at the spacing because that extra space could push a paragraph to the next page, giving the reader the illusion of a full page.
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#25
I've never heard of anybody using two. It weren't taught that way round these parts. It doesn't look right to me. I'm sure I've probably read hundreds of books and articles etc with two spaces after a period and not noticed, but now that I'm looking out for it it looks weird.
#26
I have always used two spaces at the beginning of a new sentence. One of my greatest annoyances is poor grammar, and seeing one space at the beginning of a sentence seriously bothers me. Facebook truncates two down to one, and quite honestly that pisses me off.
#27
I do one if I'm on UG or something. Two if it's a paper for class.
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I have always used two spaces at the beginning of a new sentence. One of my greatest annoyances is poor grammar, and seeing one space at the beginning of a sentence seriously bothers me. Facebook truncates two down to one, and quite honestly that pisses me off.


So does UG but that doesn't seem to bother you.
Besides, doing only one space instead of two is nothing on the scale of the whole "your/you're" and "there/they're/their" errors.
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#32
I've never heard of using two spaces before. I always use just one, hell, sometimes if I type to fast I may even forget to leave a space.
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#34
I do one, but since you've reminded me that you're supposed to used two i'm definitely going to use it on papers and see if it makes the paper any longer.

But I always thought two spaces was dumb. It basically looks the same. For real.
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#39
ive always used two. :/
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