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How Many Spaces After a Colon?

People often argue about the spaces after a period, but do you know how many spaces should come after a colon?

By
Mignon Fogarty,
June 10, 2015

how many spaces after a colon

After my podcast explaining why we now put one space after a period at the end of a sentence, Rebecca wrote in to ask how many spaces go after a colon.

Just as with the period, it used to be common to put two spaces after a colon, but now most style guides that address the matter (e.g., The Chicago Manual of Style) recommend using only one space after a colon.

Here are some examples:

  • Squiggly has a favorite day of the week: Friday.
  • Aardvark has a favorite fishing spot: Boca Reservoir.

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