Going with a size 72 font will undoubtedly make your paper surpass the required page count, but isn’t the best idea.Just changing the font size from 12 to 13 can add a few lines to your paper.However, when they forget to add that to the rules, you can change it to whatever you want (assuming there’s no blanket statement about it on the syllabus). Obviously you don’t want to choose a font that’s too difficult to read, as it may annoy the person grading it.
The right margin, however, can be changed to your heart’s content, since the length of words, number of letters, and number of spaces greatly affect each line’s right edge.
It’s the debate that refuses to die: Do you set one word space or two after a period?
Probably not going to happen, but it actually has happened to me before.
The spacing between lines is very difficult to measure because although in most fonts the top and bottom edges vary significantly.
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Below is a picture of identical text in two columns, both in Times New Roman, but size 12 on the left and size 13 on the right.
Even if your teacher demands size 12 Times New Roman, you might be tempted to change it anyway.
Too large a gap may arouse suspicion, but changing an essay from double spaced to 2.1 spacing may actually make a large difference.
The thing to remember is that the longer the base essay, the more they amplify the length.