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Leave two letters spaces after:

        a period at the end of a sentence

The book was interesting. She read it carefully.

        a question mark at the end of a sentence

When is John coming? Why is he not here yet?

        an exclamation mark at the end of a sentence

What! I don’t believe it!

        a colon seperating parts of a sentence

The essentials were on the list: tents, sleeping bags, and food

Leave one letter space afer:

        a comma

I ate salad, meat, vegetables, and fruit for dinner.

        a period following an abbreviation

Dr. Smith and Mr. Jenkins played golf.

        a semicolon

Peggy arrived at noon; the others came later

Leave one letter space before and after:

        a constructed fraction

Bill bought shares at 2 7/8.

        the @ sign

56 loads @ 60¢/load

        groups of three digits in large numbers

That company made a profit of $4 938 760.

Do not leave any space before:

        the ¢ sign

The package of gum cost 15¢.

        the % sign

The discount was 25% of the original price.

Do not leave any space before or after:

        a hyphen

She showed great self-control in a difficult situation.

        a dash

Can you—will you—help me now?

        a colon in expressions of time

I watched television from 17:30 to 19:30.

        a decimal

He ran the race in 51.4 s.

Do not leave any space between:

        quotation marks and the words enclosed

Margo said, “I will not do it.”

        parantheses and the words enclosed

The exercise (see page 53) was the most difficult I have done.

        the number symbol and the number it refers to

Henry ordered #4567 from the book list.

        a whole number and a fraction key

There are 71/2 pies left on the shelf.


Key each of the following sentences leaving the correct spacing after each punctuation mark.

Single space each section, and double space between sections.


A.    Leave two spaces after a period at the end of a sentence.

1.     Their boat is dark blue. My boat is red.

2.     Sally likes Jim. Jim likes Sally also.

3.     I want to go now. She wants to go too.

4.     Monday is a holiday. I hope to go away.

5.     The dog had some meat. He ate it quickly.

6.     Her dress was brand new. It was black.

7.     The weather is hot. It may rain tonight.

8.     Kate likes tea. Dave likes vegetables.

9.     Today is my birthday. He baked a cake.

10. He chose a car. It was very expensive.

B.    Leave one space after a period following an abbreviation.

1.     The building on Otter Cres.Burned down.

2.     Dr. Jones admired Mr. Jacobsvery much.

3.     Carson Bros. Ltd. is anexcellent firm.

4.     Bill works for the Dept. ofPublic Works.

5.     The Rev. Fritz Stone lives onChiltern Ave.

C.    No space is required after a period between initials; periods may or may not be used between initials designating degrees or organizations.

1.     M.V. Johnson attended the RCMPbanquet.

2.     I worked for the CBC afterreceiving a BA.

3.     Mr. Y.G. Lee and Mr. N.E. Looattended.

4.     J.R. Mackenzie works for theUN.

5.     IBM employs many people in theUSA.

D.   Leave two spaces after a question mark.

1.     Do you want it? What are your reasons?

2.     When are they going? Why is Lynn here?

3.     Where is the club? Is Sandy a member?

4.     What did Leslie want? Did he tell you?

5.     Is Geoffrey coming? Where is Prudence?

E.    Leave one space after a comma.

1.     Bonnie bought apples, pears,and grapes.

2.     I visited Montreal, Toronto,and Halifax.

3.     He walked, she ran, we skipped,he sat.

4.     Ruby, Ted, Sue, Bill, and Jeanwere here.

5.     Fruit, candy, cake, and teawere served.

F.     Leave two spaces after a colon.*

1.     This is the rule: sit up straight.

2.     New members: Bill, Jonothan, and Kenny.

3.     We have two sizes: medium and large.

4.     Favourite colours: red, pink,and blue.

5.     Flowers: tulip, rose, aster, and daisy.

*Except in such uses as expressions oftime and scriptual references (Matt. 5:13)

G.   Leave one space after a semicolon.

1.     He is leaving today; she isgoing soon.

2.     My car is broke down; it isbeing fixed now.

3.     Today is cloudy; yesterday wassunnier.

4.     He cleaned the house; shecooked dinner.

5.     The test is finished; Candy canrelax.


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