Posted by: Jack Henry | November 20, 2014

Nifty Nugget: How Many Spaces After a Period?

First, I want to inform you that this is the last official Nifty Nuggets article you’ll receive. But don’t worry! Nifty Nuggets is not going away, it is merging with Editor’s Corner. So, you can still receive information about JHA styles, correct word usage, tips to improve your writing, and lots of other fun language-related shenanigans. Kara Church usually writes the Editor’s Corner, but all of the editors will occasionally fill in. If you’re not already signed up for the Editor’s Corner, just send an email to kchurch.

And now for your nugget:

Lately, a few people have asked me about how many spaces they should put after a period. Is it one or two? Believe it or not, this issue has been hotly debated (maybe not as hotly as, say, Lady Gaga’s meat dress, but we grammar geeks got red in the face and nearly raised our voices over it).

So here’s what you need to know: the JHA Style Guide clearly states, “Use a single space after a period between sentences.” The same is true for all end punctuation, such as question marks and exclamation points—they are all followed by only one space.

And in case you’re wondering, almost all style guides agree—one space is all you need (well, you also need water, food, shelter, and love; but that’s a different kind of nugget—that’s more of a Daily Affirmation Nugget).

Donna Bradley Burcher | Technical Editor, Adv. | Symitar®

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