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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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Aimee73
on 05/24/15
tk80 and 5 others liked this  
Professionally it's two.
pickaswagnam5
on 05/24/15
pammeyepoo and 3 others liked this  
Only if you are writing in APA format (used for Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work). MLA format only uses one (MLA is used for English, Theatre, and Art). So it would still come down to what you are professionally writing.
1Dragones
on 05/24/15
zephyr359 liked this  
APA or MLA formats are usually chosen by your school... mine used APA for ALL classes, English or otherwise. I am still one of the two-spacers. I think it looks better and, for me, with my now failing eyes, it is easier to tell when a sentence ends if two spaces are used. When only one space is used, I have a very hard time seeing the dot at the end of the sentence.
Diablohell
on 05/24/15
Lol, thats what we invented glasses for. Get out of the stoneage. Learn to read.
pammeyepoo
on 05/24/15
Uh, rude.
usmoshers
on 05/24/15
xoxocaylyn and 7 others liked this  
I graduated top of my Clerical Services Vocation Training Class in 1989. The correct number of spaces following a period at the end of a sentence is TWO! If you have never heard of this, you obviously haven't been professionally, nor adequately trained.
MMDD
on 05/24/15
pammeyepoo and 2 others liked this  
You don't think it's possible that conventions might have changed since 1989? Or do you figure that once you've finished school/training you never have to learn anything new again?

It's not 1989 anymore.
Jayesper
on 05/24/15
pammeyepoo liked this  
My high school keyboarding class taught it as two, and that was in the early 00's. I had no idea of conventions, but two just seemed odd and useless to me, and I was the one who argued with the teacher XD
Rooobeee
on 05/24/15
pammeyepoo and 2 others liked this  
You're right. In formal and business writing, it is two spaces after a period. However, for informal writing (such as this message board), one is sufficient. Like you, I also learned to put two spaces after the period. And I do so on any type of business correspondence. But, when texting or writing on message boards, I only use one.

As far as being adequately or professionally trained, I was neither. I was taught in high school back when they still offered typing classes and before Microsoft became a household name.
arleneh689
on 05/24/15
Thank you!!!!
Redbat
on 05/24/15
pammeyepoo liked this  
In school I was taught the MLA format which required 2 spaces. After I entered medical school and had to learn the APA format, we had to use one space.
wendimac
on 05/24/15
kathann19 and 2 others liked this  
Two spaces is what we were taught both in high school and business school...
MMDD
on 05/24/15
Diablohell liked this  
When? Not recently...
Jayesper
on 05/24/15
So?
navy246
on 05/24/15
Zero
craftncandlemama
on 05/24/15
barnett95 and 1 others liked this  
I was brought up old school, I'm old! And two spaces was the requirement then, when I used a typewriter, not a keyboard, but a typewriter. Since then I have had to learn to use just one space which is the standard now days. Just another one of those odd changes in protocol. Like thongs not longer being something you wear on your feet!
Rspencer25
on 05/24/15
pammeyepoo and 1 others liked this  
These are just opinions, so why are some people on here so critical of what others think? How rude!!
Meowzebub
on 05/24/15
AllieMonkey and 5 others liked this  
think this is a generation gap thing: Those who were trained on a typewriter were taught per grammatical rules; whereas, keyboard learners may be self taught or learned as part of a computer literacy effort with a different emphasis.
I learned in a high school "functionality" course, with other stuff that was supposed to help us as grownups, like how to balance a check book.
MMDD
on 05/24/15
AquaticHive and 2 others liked this  
It is definitely a generation gap thing. It's hilarious how tightly the two space brigade is trying to hold onto their claims of "rightness", though.
Aspecial1
on 05/24/15
This is one of the best replies that I have seen. It is also highly accurate.
FrostyButton
on 05/24/15
When I trained in the 1980s it was two spaces. I continued to do that right up until 1998 when my publisher sent back my proofread manuscript which had been changed to one space after a period. That apparently is now the norm, at least for manuscripts.
wrs1297
on 05/24/15
rhull4376 and 10 others liked this  
Yay for the 38% of us who type properly!
MMDD
on 05/24/15
Boo for those who are too set in their ways to accept change!
dnjf
on 05/24/15
jacoh liked this  
GOOD POINT!
dnjf
on 05/24/15
Hey. folks- I need help. I just added the swagbutton to my browser, and It doesn't show that I did it, where should I find it, Google Chrome, or Internet Explorer?? PLEASE HELP ME.
dnjf
on 05/24/15
C'mon please help me.
AzNWaNz
on 05/24/15
It depends which browser you downloaded it on. If you did it on Chrome, then it's on Chrome. If you did it on Explorer, then it's on Explorer.
akazi2
on 05/24/15
Awesome!
SisterDoe
on 05/24/15
Out of a long-ingrained habit, I still put two spaces after a period.
tanfly
on 05/24/15
jenml27 and 4 others liked this  
Via Writers Digest:

The “two spaces after period” rule was established during the days of typesetters, when additional space was needed to show the difference between the spacing between words (which was smaller) and the spacing between sentences (which was larger). When typewriters came around, they had only one font and all the letters were monospaced, or took up the same amount of space. That means that the skinny “l” and wider “w” occupied the same amount of space on paper. People mimicked what they believed to be the format they’d grown used to by adopting two spaces after a period—and that’s how the so-called two-space rule was born.

With the dawn of computers, word processing programs not only began offering an absurd number of fonts, but each font was programmed to space characters proportionally (“l” takes up about a third of the space “w” does). In turn, most computer fonts will automatically give you enough room between sentences with one space. And, according to nearly all stylebooks, including The Associated Press Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style, you always use a single space after a period.

The point is, it’s not only widely accepted, it’s expected that you use only one space after a period. Sorry two-spaces, it’s time to make the switch.
loriwithjohn
on 05/24/15
dnjf liked this  
When a poll gets nearly 1,000 comments, I'd say that's a WIN and not a fail for Team Swagbucks. Interesting poll! I've wondered this myself for quite some time.
DaBaumRose
on 05/24/15
krisbirish and 2 others liked this  
One on computers, two on typewriter. That's what my DH has explained to me. Hard to break the habit of two spaces.
slbrigh
on 05/24/15
For English classes, we used 2. That is also a standard now. For my journalism class, we use 1. Space is money.
dnjf
on 05/24/15
Hey. folks- I need help. I just added the swagbutton to my browser, and I doesn't show that I did it, where should I find it, Google Chrome, or Internet Explorer?? PLEASE HELP ME.
georgiaed
on 05/24/15
What a dumb thing to argue about. If you want to do one space, do one. If you want to do two spaces, do two. I was taught to do two spaces in everything I type. It's more professional looking. But so what.
musicteacher112
on 05/24/15
MintySky and 1 others liked this  
I don't think the poll was intended to start arguments. The two spaces was taught when people learned to type on typewriters. That was the way it was done in personal and business typing. That's what I learned in high school typing class in the '60s. However, with computers, the font sizes are different and the convention now is to use only 1 space. I now only use one space as I don't use a typewriter anymore. Many of these polls are just a matter of curiosity or trivia. Not really anything important. It is sometimes interesting to see how other people answer these polls.
Mama333
on 05/24/15
LMAO..... running out of material swagbucks team?
Criss03
on 05/24/15
Only one for normal correspondence, but two for all my college work. It's like everything in life some idiot thought it would be better for two spaces after a period and probably won an award for it.
nito07
on 05/24/15
lol what typa weirdo does it twice
dmdvt
on 05/24/15
I was taught 2 spaces in high school but just noticed I only use 1 space as well as a few others here.
clinen11
on 05/24/15
zephyr359 and 1 others liked this  
The ones taught to do so in their courses at college. Many programs teach to use the double space. If you're in the psychology program, sociology, or social work fields, you'll be taught to do the double.
27platinum
on 05/24/15
usmoshers and 1 others liked this  
When I took typing class, we were taught to put two spaces after a period. I don't understand how putting two spaces after period makes a person a weirdo, uneducated, or anything else besides a person that types two spaces instead of one.
Witchfantasy
on 05/24/15
LMAO, and I thought I was a grammar Nazi! These comments definitely prove otherwise!
NaggyNoide101
on 05/24/15
Well, I do when I type or write letters. For computers, I don't think it necessary but I think it looks better! Yeah,so I am old fashion but I like to make sure my sentences has a distinct ending without any questions and some of these computer fonts look like all of it is squished together into one long tirade. On phones, I just add dashes------and continue with my remarks.
sparkle23
on 05/24/15
usmoshers and 1 others liked this  
I do 2 spaces as taught to me in high school by my keyboarding teacher.
Angelaabb
on 05/24/15
It's one space
nathanielanders4
on 05/24/15
crazy
xjminahh
on 05/24/15
Why would u put 2
PGPezzi
on 05/24/15
mijnooitvergeten liked this  
On a typewriter 2 -- but who uses a typewriter? Everything is done online and printed, and WORD and other software programs take care of the spacing.
Makar69
on 05/24/15
Used to do 2 but switched to 1 after enough people hounded me about it. I wonder how many spaces everyone puts between their ellipsis?
catfam
on 05/24/15
jacoh and 2 others liked this  
I am amazed that 59% said 1. What school did they go to. The correct way is 2 spaces. But I guess in chats and things it isn't really a big deal, I just can't stop habit by putting 2.
slbrigh
on 05/24/15
I read the question wrong. I thought it asked me how many spaces I use after a period. If I had answered correctly, it would have been two. I guess that's what I get for not feeling well. I feel silly.
jacoh
on 05/24/15
I fuss 59% of the people are uneducated. I myself usually only do 1 when I writes my comments, however everywhere else I do 2.
jl13
on 05/24/15
It used to be 2 spaces a loooong time ago. It is now just one. Typesetters will tell you it was never truly correct to type two spaces. I, myself , found it very hard to break the habit as I was also taught to type that way.
mbr1996
on 05/24/15
Ilovesparky13 liked this  
As a writing major, I can tell you you're wrong. No format uses the 2 space rule. Most people I know who adhere to this "rule" are in their forties or above.
cicy35
on 05/24/15
lol! I am in my forties and you are so right! lol I do use two spaces as you can see. It is more of a habit than anything else. It is also hard for me not to put two spaces between the state and zip on an envelope. I Know it has changed but I am stuck in the habit!
cicy35
on 05/24/15
As a follow up. I used two spaces, but it looks like the comment reformatted my paragraph. That is interesting.
clinen11
on 05/24/15
zephyr359 liked this  
APA suggests using two spaces after periods ending sentences to aid readability. Someone hasn't been using the OWL at Perdue lately... 0_o
starrstultz
on 05/24/15
I don't know what format follows two spaces. So far in every academic of publishing setting I've wrote for it's been one space after a period. Unless it's beginning another paragraph or starting a quote.
starrstultz
on 05/24/15
zephyr359 liked this  
I corrected myself only APA format uses two spaces as a rule. The correct way for MLA and Chicago is one space.
starrstultz
on 05/24/15
JessieMac98 and 1 others liked this  
Format rules says in MLA and Chicago style formatting one space after a period, ONLY APA format out of widely used writing and publishing formats uses the 2 space rule. The reason a lot of younger people are saying 1 is because MLA is the only format currently taught in grade school and unless you're in a science program in higher education you're mostly writing also in MLA or Chicago formats. So technically it's both and most people regardless of age tend to default write in MLA. Just so yall know.
lmm75
on 05/24/15
Sometimes 1, sometimes 2. Depends on what and to who I'm writing.
Ben1033
on 05/24/15
Swizzlenut
on 05/24/15
? ?
VicSB
on 05/24/15
BlackIvy and 9 others liked this  
2 spacs cuz dey lerned me god grammar typin skool
NaggyNoide101
on 05/24/15
LOL!!! Good comeback!
an1991
on 05/24/15
BubbyBobble and 1 others liked this  
I want god's grammar
Swizzlenut
on 05/24/15
mbr1996 liked this  
Which God?
Tigras333
on 05/24/15
Ha I must be a walking talking idiot Lmfao. I never heard of 2 spaces in till today in this pole. But I can tell you this, on the phone if you put 2spaces it automatically puts a dot at the end of hitting 2spaces. Good I read previous comments. Lol learn something new every day!
TheMellowSmoothe
on 05/24/15
mbr1996 and 4 others liked this  
Never seen such a simple question cause so much debate. (Its obviously 1 btw.)
Swizzlenut
on 05/24/15
tarheel4ever liked this  
Welcome to the internet.
Eazoon
on 05/24/15
I love this poll!
Swizzlenut
on 05/24/15
KITTY1945 and 1 others liked this  
Thats what she said......
MaryAnnaP
on 05/24/15
GreenyCLT and 1 others liked this  
Trained by a secretary (my mom), so always 2.
RedBaron96
on 05/24/15
slbrigh liked this  
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
connieandray546 liked this  
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
kathann19 and 1 others liked this  
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
connieandray546 liked this  
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
lmm75 and 5 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
KITTY1945 liked this  
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.

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