End of sentence
.Use only one space between the period and the first letter (capitalized) of the next sentence.
(One space is only one of the rules that has been changed since I learned them.)
- This is the first sentence. This is the second sentence. Only one space separates them.
- He can’t wait that long. You have to get here sooner.
- Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.
- Famous animals lived in Farmer Brown’s barnyard. The cow jumped over the moon. The three little pigs built different houses. The goose laid a golden egg every day.
Initials and abbreviations
- George H. W. Bush
- Dr. Ben Carson
- John C. Doe
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
- i.e. (not capitalized)
- 7:00 a.m. or 7:00 A.M.
- 7:00 am or 7:00 pm (periods not required)
- 715 B.C. or 715 BC
- A.D. 1492 or AD 1492
- St. Francis
- Dec. 25
- 30 degrees F. (Fahrenheit)
- 20 degrees C. (Celsius)
- Denver, CO
- The train left at 7:00 P.M.
- The author died in 1825 A.D.
- They named him after his father, Thomas Paine, Sr.
- Who was born in 717 B.C.?
- What happens at 100 degrees C.?
- I can’t believe he left at 4:00 A.M.!
Do not insert periods.
- ABC = American Broadcasting Company
- NASA = National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- WYSIWYG = What You See Is What You Get
Closing quotation marks
- “Hello,” she said. “I haven’t seen you in a long time.”
- She recited Carl Sandburg’s poem about fog: “The fog comes in on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.”
- The man looked around before he replied, “I have no idea where I am.”
- They wondered where they were.
- Harriet asked if she could use the phone.
- I would like to ask if I can borrow your bicycle.
- Turn right at the corner.
- Hand in your paper before the end of class.
- Stop! Now! Don’t hit that tree!