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French spacing

French spacing is the practice of putting two spaces between each sentence. It also includes the unconventional practice of putting a space before question or exclamation marks at the end of a sentence.

For example:
  • What is my name? (correct)
  • What is my name ? (incorrect)
  • This is normal spacing!
  • This is French spacing !

In standard English the use of French spacing is considered wrong.

The Oxford English Dictionary rules against it. On TT it is encouraged against. In fact, the forum software is aware of regular users who post with this style, and it auto-corrects them.

Notable TT forum members who use French spacing:
  • Yeti, bluedave, False, marka, parnell

TT discussion about this topic: Blank space before the question mark

Wikipedia article: French spacing

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