Q. How many spaces after a period?


There are 2 different opinions about how many spaces go after a period.

Opinion 1:  

  • How many spaces go after a period is a style choice, but one space is a widely accepted and logical style. 
  • The Chicago Manual of Style and the Modern Language Association (MLA) both recommend using one space after a period at the end of a sentence.

Just to make things interesting, though, the Purdue Owl says:

Opinion 2:  

  • APA suggests using two spaces after periods ending sentences to aid readability.

Ultimately, the Instructor may have a preference on spacing, and he/she will be the one reading the paper.

Remain consistent throughout the paper, whichever style you choose.

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  • Last Updated Jul 17, 2019
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  • Answered By Beth Lofgren

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