When i press ) in Vim it jumps to the next sentence. In evil, however, ) (evil-forward-sentence) at the beginning of the following paragraph takes you to the paragraph's end, while in Vim it jumps to "Donec a diam":

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec a diam lectus. Sed sit amet ipsum mauris. Maecenas congue ligula ac quam viverra nec consectetur ante hendrerit. Donec et mollis dolor.

Is this a bug or a config error on my side?

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The problem is a configuration "error": the paragraph you pasted has sentences separated by a single space, and your setup is probably expecting sentences to be separated by two spaces.

The simplest solution is to (setq sentence-end-double-space nil). As the manual on "Sentences" notes, though, doing so is not without drawbacks:

If you want to use just one space between sentences, you can set the variable sentence-end-double-space to nil to make the sentence commands stop for single spaces. However, this has a drawback: there is no way to distinguish between periods that end sentences and those that indicate abbreviations. For convenient and reliable editing, we therefore recommend you follow the two-space convention.

  • This is weird. Who writes with two spaces between sentences? Even the manual on sentences doesn't do that. Oh emacs...
    – Jason Mirk
    Jul 30, 2015 at 15:08
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    Actually, I do, for one. Way back in the day, that's how we were taught in typing class, and there's a long debate about whether you should or should not use the two-space convention (cf. wikipedia article on sentence spacing). I find it especially helpful when using monospaced fonts, as it helps me see sentence beginnings/endings more easily.
    – Dan
    Jul 30, 2015 at 15:11
  • That's interesting.
    – Jason Mirk
    Jul 30, 2015 at 15:13
  • @JasonMirk I think it would also be safe to say that most young people do not double space their sentences, and that the practice is gradually dying out due to well-tuned fonts.
    – PythonNut
    Jul 30, 2015 at 16:18
  • I remember reading in a computational linguistics book that [\.!\?] space capital-letter is actually a pretty good heuristic for sentence divisions in English text. Is there a way to use an arbitrary function for dividing sentences? Sep 18, 2015 at 15:22

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