Does :- go right next to the word before it:-, or is there a space :-?

marked as duplicate by Mari-Lou A, NVZ, Janus Bahs Jacquet, tchrist Jun 18 '17 at 19:55

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    The punctuation mark is different but the same rule applies. There is no space BEFORE any punctuation mark. – Mari-Lou A Jun 18 '17 at 7:51
  • What @Mari-LouA said. Also, it is no longer nice to use ":-". Use ":" or "-" instead. – NVZ Jun 18 '17 at 8:08
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  • Just to be contrarian for a moment, I note that many dictionaries (including those published by Merriam-Webster) normally put letter spaces before and after colons that appear between definition number and the definitions themselves, as well as in other parts of dictionary entries. – Sven Yargs Jun 18 '17 at 8:21