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One or two spaces after a period?

2018-05-14 09:54 #0 by: Niklas

I found this article about the use of two spaces after periods when you type on a keyboard. It seems that texts are easier to read when you put two spaces after a period at the end of sentences.

“Increased spacing has been shown to help facilitate processing in a number of other reading studies,” Johnson explained to me by email, using two spaces after each period. “Removing the spaces between words altogether drastically hurts our ability to read fluently, and increasing the amount of space between words helps us process the text.”

Study: Two Spaces After a Period May Be Better Than One - The Atlantic

I don’t write double spaces. Do you?

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2018-05-14 13:54 #1 by: jadekintz

This was a common debate in my English courses. Most teachers said that yes it technically is correct but it is not necessary for writing essays.

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2018-05-14 19:38 #2 by: jordan

I don't think I have ever used double spacing. I guess the auto correct on Microsoft software which corrects it to one space has ingrained it into my head that only one space is necessary.

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2018-05-14 20:12 #3 by: Evelina

I have never heard of two spaces being used before. 

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2018-05-15 17:08 #4 by: Leia

#3 Neither have I! I only ever use a single space. 

All the best, Leia

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