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Today's Poll: 05/24/2015

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How many spaces do you put after a period when you type? Submitted By Team Swagbucks, CA
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MaryAnnaP
on 05/24/15
Trained by a secretary (my mom), so always 2.
Eazoon
on 05/24/15
I love this poll!
RedBaron96
on 05/24/15
I was trained two spaces after a period in typing class in high school. However, the rules are changing. There are some instances where it is supposed to be one now. I have had to retrain myself (or use Find/Replace). If you are publishing something, either for pay or class, follow the guidelines of the person wanting the work.
mannykat
on 05/24/15
The correct way is to use 2 spaces after a period, when it is used at the end of a sentence. However, not all programs will let 2 spaces remain & will automatically reduce the space to 1.
dwmomof6
on 05/24/15
Depends on what I'm writing.
jcarter28306
on 05/24/15
I learned in school and in college that the proper way is to add 2 spaces. Never strayed from that.
lanpooh
on 05/24/15
It is supposed to be 2.
ericlee
on 05/24/15
gpashh liked this  
Depends on the type of writing. In a formal letter or a paper I would put in two but if it is a message on Facebook or other form of communication where it is not as formal I would usually put just one.
gpashh
on 05/24/15
Same here
vanguardstudent
on 05/24/15
Yeah I have always done two spaces through undergrad and still now in Grad school. I even do it outside of papers in just everyday conversations online. It gets me in trouble on twitter sometimes though lol.
TRGR
on 05/24/15
eClaire23 and 1 others liked this  
Never have done more than one space.
Pegasuspr
on 05/24/15
Lawyer Im working on that
mfigured
on 05/24/15
BlackIvy and 4 others liked this  
A lot of people are commenting about this being an age thing, but I received a graduate degree within the last 5 years, and work in business, and it's still 2 spaces after a period. I've never even heard about 1 space being an option. No one in business or academics has ever questioned it where I'm from.
miswakko
on 05/24/15
1 space is for journalism. That is the only time I've been allowed to put one space in my papers for college. Old habits are hard to break, so I struggled with my journalism classes haha.
clmburlington
on 05/24/15
Since I started writing for online use, I've gotten used to one space.
Unless I'm not really paying attention and then my thumb will bump the space bar twice.
Or the enter key.
johv09
on 05/24/15
eClaire23 and 1 others liked this  
one is just fine.
xvorpsm
on 05/24/15
As long as I can still see a space, one is ok.
donnanuce
on 05/24/15
PhoenixSierra and 2 others liked this  
From my HS typing class it is two spaces after the period!
karinat363
on 05/24/15
shosheni and 1 others liked this  
If you take a MS Word class, it's 2 spaces after a period. Otherwise, never again.
kdorkychik
on 05/24/15
pinkgirlmya and 1 others liked this  
2 for documents or papers. 1 for email or text.
TheMellowSmoothe
on 05/24/15
eClaire23 and 2 others liked this  
Never seen such a simple question cause so much debate. (Its obviously 1 btw.)
ledzep310
on 05/24/15
MoneyLadyO liked this  
Way back in the mid 90's when I learned to type we were told to put 2. But now it seems they have changed this rule without informing me and I just can't break out of the old habit.
rickcosta
on 05/24/15
aidaida and 4 others liked this  
I was taught 2 spaces after a period and that's what I still do. Whether it's necessary or not is not even a consideration in my mind. I just do what I was taught is proper so I just do it like it's second nature.
31maggie
on 05/24/15
Lol
joshfif
on 05/24/15
eClaire23 and 2 others liked this  
two is a waste of space....see what I did there
newmoonmamma
on 05/24/15
Interesting. When I took a typing class (90's), it was 2 spaces, and that's what I do. <--See LOL. Had no idea the new way is 1.
newmoonmamma
on 05/24/15
Huh. So, SB removes the 2nd space. Spiffy.
whiskers22
on 05/24/15
metroid827 liked this  
whatsaperiodcansomeonetellme? :)
joshfif
on 05/24/15
Kateness8 liked this  
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LindsayTea
on 05/24/15
It's the American word for a full stop.
DaddyEvil
on 05/24/15
alyssacritt and 7 others liked this  
Well once a month, a woman might get really angry.

If you give her chocolate and a heating pad then hide for a few days, it usually passes.
an1991
on 05/24/15
When my girlfriend is on her period she generally gets all sweet and tries her hardest to make me happy no matter what and won't say as many jokes like she normally does.

I don't like it, it's weird.
JennySweets
on 05/24/15
liquor chocolates. lots of them.
Lumperella
on 05/24/15
alyssacritt liked this  
4. Always 4.
ReuRoo
on 05/24/15
It depends on which font you are using.
Jambo4
on 05/24/15
I thought this was a silly poll. It's 2 spaces. Doesn't everyone know that? Little did I know. Thanks for the new info. I'm afraid you can't teach this old dog new tricks though. I can't stop myself from doing it. :)
Rubyrest
on 05/24/15
What a dumb question!!!
VicSB
on 05/24/15
eClaire23 and 8 others liked this  
2 spacs cuz dey lerned me god grammar typin skool
an1991
on 05/24/15
BubbyBobble and 1 others liked this  
I want god's grammar
Ben1033
on 05/24/15
Eh?
foresterteacher
on 05/24/15
BubbyBobble liked this  
The two spaces thing is purely from a readability standpoint. Spaces on typewriters were smaller in comparison to word processors. When I was first learning to type in school (not that long ago in the grand scheme of things), we were still taught two spaces because of the printer technology and font availability. Now it is typically a font dependent question, if it is a question at all.
SJustice2
on 05/24/15
sweetcaroline6 liked this  
I do 2 spaces on my phone but that's only because it puts the period and the space if I do that. But in the end there is only 1 space after the period. (Unless I put 2 on accident)
DiamondLion9323
on 05/24/15
Always 2. :))))).
calicomist12
on 05/24/15
eClaire23 and 4 others liked this  
I have two Master's Degrees-one in English and the other in Adult and Technical Education. I've have taught writing for 20+ years, both online and traditional, in colleges, to all ages-non-traditional students, young adult students, and K-12. Two spaces is not the grammatially correct way of typing. One space is enough. Why have two? And aside from end punctuation, what does grammar have to so with it? A period is listed as end punctuation, and that may fall under grammar, but it only calls for one space afterward between sentences that are in the same paragraph. This period and number of spaces business really has to do with readability of a document and adequate white space-used to hold the reader's attention/comprehension. Much ado about nothing. Type it and go.
BL4CKC4T13
on 05/24/15
Two spaces is the grammatically correct way. I took typing years ago in high school and this was the correct way to do it. Of course, nowadays, the kids don't learn anything in high school that would afford them a job upon graduation, and I mean nothing. High schools on the east coast have even taken away cursive writing. Brilliant! So when these kids graduate, how will they READ what's in cursive? Oh wait, I know! Maybe we're going back to the days when the illiterates "made their mark" - the BIG "X" because they didn't know how to read or write. Yes, that Common Core education will be doing these kids a whole lotta good - NOT!!!!
aek1
on 05/24/15
BubbyBobble and 4 others liked this  
You mention your educational pedigree, @calicomist12, yet you do not mention where you are from. In North America, when I was a high-school student in Canada 30 years ago, a student WAS taught to always leave 2 spaces after a period. That was the way things were, in both one's personal and one's business writing.

Around 10 years ago, business writing changed. All of a sudden, I was told to edit out all "extra spaces"--the 2nd space between sentences. (I am a freelance editor.) Now, no one in the business or academic world would write a paragraph with 2 spaces between each sentence. It's just not "done" anymore. Of course, in one's personal writing, one can do whatever one chooses--until it is officially published, either online or in print.

Thus, the poll is an interesting one for me: it really depends on one's age. I have diehard clients who will not deviate from their "2-spaces-between-a-sentence learning." I spend a lot of time with those clients, just removing their extra spaces. Those clients likely went to school at the time I did, when 2 spaces was the norm. That norm has changed.
TheOneOnTheRight
on 05/24/15
eClaire23 and 2 others liked this  
I don't know if this was mentioned in another comment, but the two spaces between sentences harks back to the days when we used typewriters. The extra space was needed because of the size and shape of the characters. This is no longer necessary with computer keyboards.
cattied
on 05/24/15
I thought always 1 for period
shewolf73
on 05/24/15
fascinating question.
moideux
on 05/24/15
A poll about periods...hmmm.
Chekker
on 05/24/15
BL4CKC4T13 liked this  
I'm sure that in school we were taught to put 2 spaces, but that was a long time ago.
Kalrai
on 05/24/15
soIexist liked this  
In high school it was 2. Now 20 years later I'm in college and it's only 1.
WinstonandSophie
on 05/24/15
maxyman100 liked this  
Well this was an interesting poll question...
detectiveprince
on 05/24/15
I was always told in school that when you are typing out an essay (or anything else) you always put two spaces after the period.
Rayneenigh
on 05/24/15
jfelber and 1 others liked this  
Back when I was in college, my professor, who actually has a doctorate in English, would take off major points for placing 2 spaces after a period. He was a bit more lenient when it came to comma usage; hwr, when I attended 1 of the top 2 MT schools in the USA (Andrews School & M-Tec; I attended Andrews School) we were taught to place commas basically 'old school.' (ie. Apples, oranges, and peaches all grow in orchards although beans, heads of lettuce, and carrots do not.) Both pushed the semi-colon before 'however,' and a comma afterward. Since my English professor did have his doctorate degree in English, The only changes I made from what I learned from my professor was for MT transcriptionist & that's only b/c medical records are also legal records that can & are used in a court of law.
LindsayTea
on 05/24/15
BL4CKC4T13 liked this  
I was always taught at school to put 1 space after a comma, and 2 spaces after a full stop (UK version of a period).
asp715
on 05/24/15
Jambo4 and 3 others liked this  
Maybe I'm just old school but I've been doing 2 since I left high school over 25 years ago.
Jude7777
on 05/24/15
Typically two, but not when writing on my blogs, as sometimes format displays incorrectly when I do.
Dromio
on 05/24/15
After this sentence, there will only be on space after the period. After this sentence, I will double space after the period, but there will only be one space after the period. See! Before this sentence, I manually put 3 spaces, but what do you see... it doesn't matter, MLS lets you do both, unless the teacher states otherwise.
EmilyTwomey
on 05/24/15
Two spaces is the grammatically correct way of typing things.
styx882
on 05/24/15
Depends what I'm typing
timmatz55
on 05/24/15
joysayshai and 4 others liked this  
I've always put a space after the period. I never knew any other way and I'am 60yrs. old
Andonbray
on 05/24/15
Blenoodles and 4 others liked this  
Depends if my paper needs to be longer or not :P

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