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Answered By: Jeneen LaSee-Willemssen
Last Updated: Apr 05, 2016     Views: 47678

For periods, APA gives this guidance:

  • Two spaces after periods that are at the end of a sentence
    • WHY does APA ask you to do this?: "Spacing twice after punctuation marks at the end of a sentence aids readers of draft manuscripts" (p. 88).

When following APA's instructions, please realize that it is no longer common to ask for double spacing after a period at the end of a sentence. Most grammar and style guides will tell you to include only one space after that period.

Also note that most instructors are happy with the normal one space after a period. When in doubt, ask.

To tell how many spaces you have put in, you can use the paragraph symbol in Word (top ribbon bar) to see:

Comments (1)

  1. In MS Word, you can set your grammar checking options to require two spaces between sentences. It's what I used to help train myself to remember. In MS Word 2010, go to options, proofing, settings (in the third section down), and it should be the third list item down - set it to whatever you'd like here.
    by Alex Gibson on Apr 04, 2016.

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