One space or two after a period?

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    I've always used two, but it has recently been brought to my attention that there's only supposed to be one. Someone should bring that to the attention of my grade school English teacher, then.

    I was taught one after commas, two after periods.

    Now I'm confused. Regardless, I like two. I think it makes sentences more readable.
     
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    The rule used to be two. Now either is acceptable.

    I prefer two myself. But I'm old school like that.

    And I'd wager a rep that it was Ravi that brought this to your attention.
     
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    One after a comma, two after a period is the rule.
     
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    No it was actually the girlfriend. She just had me type up a paper for her because she's in a jam making her friend's wedding cake, and she asked me to use one space.

    After every single period I double spaced, I couldn't train myself to stop.
     
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    Anyway though, we bet sexual favors for later tonight on who was right. I hope the "either-or" rule doesn't disqualify me :lol:
     
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    Paulie, you're right. Two after a period, one after a comma. Unless by reducing the space after a period to one, it somehow reduces global warming or something. :rolleyes:
     
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    That's retarded. :rolleyes:

    Why change a good thing? Nonetheless, I'll be using two still.

    And a prop under my chin.
     
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    I never hear of that rule. But then, I never learned to type.

    I think I like two spaces better also.
     
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    I also like people who don't rush when they speak.
     

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