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Should there be a space between name initials?

In writing authors' initials in research papers (either in the author by-line or the bibliography), should there be a space between intials? R.P. Feynman R. P. Feynman What's the preferred way of ...
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When do you leave a space in a paragraph and when do you not?

I am not fully sure if this is the right place for this question but I am guessing has something to do with structure and usage so hopefully it is alright here. Apologies if not. I am getting ...
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Should I write "module/theme" or "module / theme"?

I usually put a space before and after a slash, when indicating alternatives. We review a module / theme per user. Is it correct, or should I rewrite the sentence to remove those spaces? We review ...
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Should commas *always* be followed by spaces?

When teaching and proofreading, I often come across examples of commas without spaces following them (e.g. "London,UK" or "apples,oranges,bananas"). In addition to correcting these, I would like to ...
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"Stockmarkets" vs. "stock markets"

I am having trouble with the difference between stockmarkets and stock markets — or should it be stock-markets? In some articles it is introduced as stockmarkets, but that term is not found in ...
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Is there any difference between "anyone" and "any one"?

When I read books in English, I see sometimes there is a space between "any" and "one" and sometimes there is not any space. So, what is the difference between "anyone" and "any one"?
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Is it "clipart" or "clip art"?

What is a correct spelling - "clipart" or "clip art"? Is there any difference in meaning? May it be language specific, like American, British, Australian? Maybe "clip-art"?
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Which one is correct: "1yr" or "1yr." or "1 yr"?

I need to put one of the above on one of my app's buttons. Bonus question - does the same rule hold in plural? That is if I write "1 yr.", do I write "15 yrs." as well?
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"anymore" vs. "any more"

any more requests anymore requests Are these two the same? It seems that "any more requests" is grammatically correct while "anymore requests" is not. Am I right? Why are they ...
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How is a misuse of punctuation spacing perceived by native British and American people?

I am a Frenchie and an English enthusiast. In my language, we use spaces before quotation marks, exclamation marks, and colons. While I'm aware that this is not the case in English, there are times ...
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"An other" vs "another"

I just edited this answer on unix.sx. The original sentence was But it won't transform it to an other format. I changed this to But it won't transform it to another format. The second form is ...
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Which is correct, "dataset" or "data set"? [closed]

I keep writing dataset. Is that correct, or should I write data set?
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Should spaces be used between "<" or ">" and numbers or letters?

Should spaces be used between "<" or ">" and numbers or letters? For symbols, what is right? P<10, P <10, P < 10 or P< 10? For numbers, what is right? 4>2, 4> 2, 4 > 2 or 4 >2? Is ...
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"Web design" vs. "webdesign"

Suppose I want to use the word in a company's name, for example: ABC Web Design ABC Webdesign Which one is correct? Should it be one word or two?
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Punctuating local area names

I'm writing an informational essay that includes a description of an organization called Shepherd Community Center, and they say they work primarily in the "near Eastside of Indianapolis." I'...
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Where in CMoS does it specify spacing before a footnote? [closed]

In this answer, it is suggested that the Chicago Manual of Style (CMoS) specifies whether spaces precede a footnote indicator. The main three choices I see being: Here is no space.1 Here is a hair ...
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"Webpages" or "Web Pages"? [closed]

Sometimes I found it written as "WebPages" and sometimes it is "Web Pages" .. I'm confused should it be written as one word or two words ?!
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Do I use timeslot or time slot or time-slot? [closed]

As in "the timeslot given to completing the task". Would also be interested to hear if there's different usages for different scenarios.
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Can you use a section sign (§) to replace whitespace in creative fiction?

I'm currently writing a novel and have a portion in my chapter where a character goes over a key memory in his past. It cuts the actual scene taking place in half. I was thinking about simply using ...
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Is double spacing after a period now a thing?

I’m not sure if it’s a new thing or that I just didn’t notice it before, but I’m noticing a lot of double spacing after periods (full-stops) lately. Here’s a comment I found on reddit for example: ...
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Why is the noun "blacklist" (written without a space) in the dictionary, but not "whitelist"? [closed]

Checking Oxford Dictionaries Online, I find the noun blacklist, written as one word, and the noun white list, written as two. There is no black list defined as a compound written open, and there is no ...
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Space before computer storage abbreviations [closed]

Forgive me if this has already been asked, I could not find it via search. My question is this: what is the proper way to append computer storage abbreviations to a number? For example, a 500 ...
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"However" vs. "how ever": one word or two?

I am writing a paper and stumbled upon this sentence of mine. "The output remained consistently poor however the data was/were analysed". "The output remained consistently poor how ever the ...
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Parentheses within abbreviations

The example that I have is from South Africa. Chartered accountants here abbreviate their titles in emails to: CA(SA) This is meant to abbreviate "Chartered Accountant (South Africa)". I feel, ...
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Do parentheses need spaces either side?

I should place parentheses after a space or without any spacing? Which one of below sentences is right? We adopted DM (Data Mining) in this lecture. We adopted DM(Data Mining) in this lecture.
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Spaces after periods in abbreviations

Should I put spaces after periods in the following examples? A.B. Buffington (between the initials) Vol.2, No.6, pp.195-200 I see people missing spaces in their academic writing all the time and I ...
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Hyphenation and capitalization of "Great-Uncle" when signing books to my nephew's son

When great-uncle is used as a common noun, the hyphen and lack of caps make sense. However, when I sign a book to my nephew, is it Great-Uncle Don, Great-uncle Don, or perhaps Great Uncle Don?
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Trade marks or trademarks?

What is the correct format to use when referring to trademarks in British English? Is "trademarks" generally preferable? I've seen both used in different contexts, the UK GOV page uses "trade marks", ...
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should there be space between a sentence and question mark or not? [duplicate]

while asking questions in the sentence do we need to give space between question mark (?) and the sentence. what is your name? what is your name ? which one is correct?
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Is it Web site or website?

Future Perfect's "Is it Web site or website?" states: Since the World Wide Web is a proper noun, we use initial upper-case letters, as we would with your surname, for example. As for ...
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Is there a grammatically need to hyphenate the compound words "dumb f*ck" within a novel?

Would I leave the space, hyphenate it, or combine the two works like its similar, less aggressive counterpart: "dumbass" The quote from my novel is from dialogue "It's been six years, you dumb ...
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Beesting or bee sting

A friend made a typo when writing "bee sting" and wrote "beesting" but apparently this is also a word according to Merriam-Webster. Does anyone actually use "beesting" if so, is it a result of some ...
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"high school", "highschool", or "high-school" [closed]

In English usage, should one use high-school, high school, or highschool? (Assume American English; I understand that the Brits call it secondary school.)
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"Leader board" vs. "leaderboard"

Is there a preferred spelling for the word "leaderboard"? Should it be one word or two? It would seem that both are correct, but is either preferred?
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How many spaces should come after a period/full stop?

In the past — or at least, when I was in elementary school — periods/full stops were followed by two spaces. Lately, it's become more and more common to see just one space. In the modern ...
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Word for using extra line breaks to improve readability

I just got a copy of Royal Skousen's The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text (Yale, 2009), and was immediately struck by his implementation of what he calls "sense-lines": that is, the editor ...
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"Testbed" or "test bed"? [duplicate]

"A testbed is a platform for conducting rigorous, transparent, and replicable testing of scientific theories, computational tools, and new technologies" (Wikipedia). While Wikipedia seems to prefer "...
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When is it appropriate to use non-breaking spaces?

I started using non-breaking spaces (represented in the following examples by an underscore) between a number and a unit of measure (10_ft), and within a name (Dr._John_Smith). I like the "look" of ...
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Is it ever correct to have a space before a question or exclamation mark?

In written English (mainly online) I often come across sentences ending with a question or an exclamation mark with a space before it. Is it always just an error or a typo? Or there are cases when it ...
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When did 'some one' turn to 'someone'?

I was recently reading a book from sometime in the first half of the 20th century and I noticed that the word ‘someone’ was spelled separately as ‘some one’. Was there an official change at some ...
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Does the word "foot" refers to something else different of a part of a body [closed]

I'm reading about astronomy and all that stuff and I found this phrase pretty interesting, is from the book "Is life out there" by Sara Seager and she makes an analogy with the impossibility of ...
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Why is "a lot" written as two words even though "ahead" is written as one word?

So I know "alot" should be written "a lot" and I have seen this amusing post on the treatment: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.co.nz/2010/04/alot-is-better-than-you-at-everything.html However, why ...
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Can we use the wording "We can not only ... but also ..."?

Is the following wording okay? He can not only do this, but also do that. In this case, it seems that the writer is dividing 'cannot' into two words. Is that acceptable?
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What is the rule for spacing between words and the character &? [duplicate]

What is the rule for spacing between words and the character &? For example, do I have to space Espresso&Tonic - Espresso & Tonic, although I am talking about one drink made with an ...
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"onto" versus "on to"

Should the single word onto or the two words on to be used here? She held onto the cushion instead of holding onto the metal frame. She was grabbing onto the seat cushion. There's nothing ...
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Why is “cannot” spelled as one word?

Why is “cannot” spelled as one word whereas other similar constructions such as “do not,” “will not,” “shall not,” “may not” and “must not” are spelled as two words (unless they are contracted as “don’...
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(un)conditional or (un-)conditional?

I want to write "conditional (mean imputation)" and "unconditional (mean imputation)" shorter, which of these 4 is the best way to do that? If multiple ways are correct, which is the most common (in ...
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What is the correct way to write 'for ever more'?

I know that 'forever' is a word, and I know that 'evermore' is a word, but what is the correct way to write the phrase 'for ever more'? Is it 'forever more'? 'For evermore'? Or even 'forevermore', as ...
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"Filepath" or "file path"? [closed]

A path, the general form of the name of a file or directory, specifies a unique location in a file system. "Filename" is a compound, but how about "filepath"/"file path"? "Filepath" seems incorrect ...
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Percent or per cent

How should I choose between writing "percent" and "per cent"? For example: He sold 42 percent of his stock in the company. or He sold 42 per cent of his stock in the company. Are there ...