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I know that the 'rules' don't require 2 spaces, anymore, but when you type an email, on a message board, or write a paper in word - do you space once or twice after periods? I can't break myself from doing two, for some reason, even though I know it's not necessary. Even as I typed this, it's just what I'm used to, I guess.<br><br>
How about you? I took a college writing course last semester and all my essays were written with 2 spaces after each periods - and my instructor didn't complain, so maybe it's still acceptable? Should I try harder to only space once for future classes?<br><br>
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I always do 2. I guess just because I was taught that way and it looks funny with one space.<br><br>
When I typed dh's English papers, I used 2 spaces and his instructors never said a word.
 

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I still use 2, even though I know only 1 is preferred now. I've never been called on it, and I've published in journals and other places where formatting is pretty tightly controlled.<br><br>
I'm sure when the dinosaurs like me who learned to "keyboard" on typewriters die out, the tolerance for these old conventions will die too.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I did two and then do a find/replace all on it if I had an instructor that cared.</div>
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Find and replace is a great idea - thanks! I'm going to take a more advanced writing course at some point, so I'll have to remember that.
 

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I almost always do two. I even go back and add spaces if I think I only added one.
 

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2 please! And yes to find & replace, that is a nifty tool when terms decide to change :eyeroll
 

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The guidelines we follow at my (editing) job dictate that we do two spaces after a period, so at work I do two, but on message boards, e-mails, etc. I do one.
 

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Good to know others do two, too.<br><br>
I'm typing on my iPhone right now and if I space twice it automatically puts in a period for me, which is cool b/c punctuation requires switching to the other keyboard. You'd think if it was a no-no that word processors would change it when you spell/grammar check.
 

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Two!
 

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1. 1 space. 2 drives me nuts- I don't need to take up extra paper with hundreds of extra spaces over the length of a term paper/other long written work!<br><br>
Also, I am 26 and although 2 spaces were mentioned in school, they were never required.
 

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I learned to do two and can't break the habit. I'm 25, did very well in HS english, and never once heard anything about only using one.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">1. 1 space. 2 drives me nuts- I don't need to take up extra paper with hundreds of extra spaces over the length of a term paper/other long written work!<br><br>
Also, I am 26 and although 2 spaces were mentioned in school, they were never required.</div>
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Ah - see there's the generation gap <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">!<br><br>
It occurs to me that this would make a great clue in a CSI-type show episode. A Baby Boomer/Gen X who learned on a typewriter masquerades as a Gen Y or Z who has never seen a typewriter, except perhaps in a living museum exhibit. The double space after the period gives it all away.
 

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See, I'm 30 and we had computers at school since kindergarten (loved Oregon Trail!), so I didn't learn to type using a typewriter - but I recall being taught to space twice. I've just never broke the habit, and sometimes one space looks really squashed to me.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I learned to do two and can't break the habit. I'm 25, did very well in HS english, and never once heard anything about only using one.</div>
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Drat. There goes my clever forensics plot. Maybe it's a regional thing too? Or just the persistence of dinosaur habits living on in special places.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Drat. There goes my clever forensics plot. Maybe it's a regional thing too? Or just the persistence of dinosaur habits living on in special places.</div>
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Well, maybe it's because I never went to college/university? high school is not always the most up to date place to learn things I guess!
 

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I've always used one and I'm, well, old enough to have a 17 year old daughter... but I might use the find and replace thing to chance to two when I'm writing papers that should be longer...
 

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One. We just had a discussion/argument at work about this. I don't get why (when it's not the rule anymore) anyone would want to waste time, energy and paper? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> That's adds up to a lot of extra keystrokes for no reason. And maybe it's just my eyes, but I can never tell when anyone is using two vs. one. It all looks the same to me.<br><br>
I loved Oregon Trail, too! I'm 32 and one or two periods was never brought up in junior high, high school or college for me.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well, maybe it's because I never went to college/university? high school is not always the most up to date place to learn things I guess!</div>
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I dunno. My high schooler is learning all sorts of fantastic stuff in his film and media class. He's using computer editing software to create all sorts of stuff. I think that's why I feel like such a dinosaur <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">.<br><br>
Especially because I can't give up things like 2 spaces after a period <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">.
 
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