Answer: Two Footnotes in a Single Sentence

F.A.Q. #4

When you have two footnotes in one sentence, how do you put them in?  At the end of the sentence separated by a comma or where they refer to a fact in the sentence?


Ideally, it is better not to include two footnotes or endnotes in a same sentence.  This being said, if you still need to include two such notes in a same sentence, it would be better to include them directly after the specified quote(s) and/or included statistic(s), as in this example:

In 2003, Montréal’s metropolitan area included a population of 3 574 500 inhabitantscompared to an estimated population of 7 487 200 for the province of Québec2.

1    Statistics Canada. May 2, 2004. <>.

2    Statistics Canada. May 2, 2004. <>.

It is not a good idea to include numerous footnotes or endnotes at the end of a same sentence (separated by commas) because it would be difficult for the readers to know which statistic(s) and/or quote(s) – included in this particular sentence – the notes would refer to.  To avoid any confusion, I definitely prefer the inclusion of a single note per sentence but this remains a personal choice.  It is up to the author to decide!



Citing a Book Written by Numerous Authors

Citing the Back Cover of a Book

Endnotes’ Procedure and Number of References

Footnote for a Foreword

Footnote Regarding an Expert Author’s Paragraph

Footnotes and Copyright Protected Documents

Footnotes and Direct References

Footnotes and Official Letters

Footnotes and Punctuation Marks

Footnoting a Citation from a Translated Book

Numbering and Continuation of Footnotes

Positioning of the Number

Proper Reference for the Transcription of a Conference

Proper Use of the Ibid. Terminology

Quoting a Book’s Section Written by a Single Author

Quoting from a Dictionary

Quoting from a Website

Reference for a Scholar’s Lecture

Reference for an Essay Published in a Book with Many Authors

Referencing Photos and Pictures

Two Footnotes in a Single Sentence

Using a Source More Than Once

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