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PUNCTUATION SPACING. PUNCTUATION SPACING. When typing/keying on a computer, use only one space following periods, commas, semicolons, colons, exclamation marks, question marks, and quotation marks. DO NOT put spaces on either side of a hyphen. Punctuation Spacing Rules. COLON. PERIOD.

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PUNCTUATION SPACING

  • When typing/keying on a computer, use only one space following periods, commas, semicolons, colons, exclamation marks, question marks, and quotation marks.

  • DONOT put spaces on either side of a hyphen.


Punctuation spacing rules
Punctuation Spacing Rules

COLON

PERIOD

Space once after a period used with initials or titles.

Example: M.T.W.

Example: Mr. Jones

  • Space twice after a colon.

:

.


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Punctuation Spacing Rules

(Period ) (Question Mark) (Exclamation Mark)

  • Space twice after the punctuation at the end of a sentence.

. ? !


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Punctuation Spacing Rules

Open Parenthesis

Closed Parenthesis

Space once after a closed parenthesis but do not space before it.

  • Space once before an open parenthesis but do not space after it.

(

)


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Punctuation Spacing Rules

Number sign

Ampersand (the and symbol)

Space before and after the ampersand (the and symbol).

  • Do not space between the number and the number sign.

  • (The sign before a number means number and after a number it means pounds.

&

#


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Punctuation Spacing Rules

Dollar Sign

“At” Symbol

Space once before and after the “at” symbol, except in email addresses.

  • Do not space between the dollar sign and the number.


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Punctuation Spacing Rules

Percent Sign

Forward Slash

Do not space before or after the forward slash.

  • Do not space between the number and the percent sign.

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