Correct Spacing After Punctuation Marks
After a punctuation mark, there will usually be a commensurate number of spaces to be left before typing the next word. The punctuation marks, their uses and the number of spaces to be left before the next word are listed below:
Full Stop/Period (.)
A full stop (.) is usually used at the end of a sentence. After a full stop, two spaces must be left before starting the next sentence. An example is: Ade works in our office. A full stop can also be used as a decimal point.
Examples of these are:
#5.00 #20.00 #33.00 #20.40
This is to indicate a slight pause in a sentence. One space must be left after a comma. An example is:
Titi said she would be here tomorrow, but she asked me to telephone her to confirm tonight.
It is used to indicate a pause in a sentence where the second clause is closely linked with the first. One space is left after a semi-colon. An example is:
Erase thoroughly; retype the word lightly.
This is used in directing a special attention to what follows or separate parts of a compound sentence. Two spaces are left after a colon.
- The following are the names of the candidates:
- Application for leave: Mr. A. O. Dumuje.
Question Mark (?)
It is used after a question. Two spaces are given after a question mark. An example is:
Where did you go?
This is used to enclose clauses or sentences explaining thr leading idea of a sentence. One space is usually left after a bracket/parenthesis.
An example is:
We need (a) 5 sacks of salt and (b) 28 packs of lard.
This is used in place of comma. One space is given before and after a dash is typed. An example is:
I may not wish-in the initial stage to attend.
It is used to replace ‘I’ or ‘no’ to make hours meaningful and to quote a word or figure which needs special attention. No space is given after it is typed.
- It’s not mine. I can’t come tomorrow.
- It is Nze’s property
- Use a ‘pay-in slip’ when depositing your money.
- Demonstrate correct fingers placement on the punctuation mark keys while you are observed by the teacher.
- Manipulate the keys by applying them to type.