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Punctuation Spacing Rules
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Rule 1: Do not space after an internal period.
Rule 2: Space once after a period following an abbreviation.
Rule 3 : Space once after a period following a person's initials.
J. P. Morgan
B. J. Thomas
Rule 4: Space once after a comma used as punctuation.
If you plan to be here for the week, try to visit the smokey mountains.
Rule 5: Space once after a question mark at the end of a sentence.
When is the next volleyball game?
Rule 6: Space once after a period at the end of a sentence.
Please do not forget your instruments for the pep rally next Friday. The pep rally will begin at 10:50 a.m.
Rule 7: Do not space before a semicolon and space once after a semicolon used as punctuation.
Being critical is easy; being constructive is not so easy.
Rule 8 : Do not space before a colon and space once after a colon used as punctuation.
These are my favorite things to do: hike, read, swim, and run.
Rule 9: Do not space before or after a hyphen used to join 2 words or a figure and a word-nor before or after a dash ( 2 hyphens)
Rule 10: Do not between a figure and $, %, #, and /
Rule 11: Do not space between () and the copy they enclose. Space one before the opening ( and once after the closing.
The amendments (Exhibit A) are enclosed.
Rule 12: Do not space between an apostrophe and a preceding or following letter.
Rule 13: Do not space between an apostrophe and a preceding number when used as a symbol for noting feet or minutes.
5' x 8'
Rule 14: Do not space between the opening quotation mark and the copy it precedes and the ending quotation mark.
She said, "You can't succeed if you don't try."
Rule 15: Do not space between the symbol and the letters it joins.
D&M Drafting Company
Rule 16: Space once before and after the symbol & used to join words.
Jim & Joan.
Rule 17: Do not space between * and the copy it precedes or follows.
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