Quite often my written answer is marked wrong simply because I failed to insert a space before punctuation. I am trying to train myself to add the space, but it does not come naturally for me when I write in English. Why do you insert a space before certain punctuation marks, notably exclamation, colon and question mark? For example: This sentence ! and This list : and This question ?
It seems you do not insert a space before other punctuation marks, such as period or comma, for example:
Like this, or Like that.
The 'why' is just "because". Why don't we include an extra space in English writing generally ?
Don't waste too much time on punctuation in these exercises - they are not the best way to learn it, as you are presented often with fragments that make it even more difficult. The exercises are self-marked - so only you can mark yourself 'wrong". As this question has come up before, there are other responses and links to more on punctuation if it is a major component of what you want to learn.
Thank you @maarten for the answer. I get it. Punctuation would be a fascinating study ! !
p.s. this link is no longer available: https://www.iwillteachyoualanguage.com/french-punctuation
I have added a couple of links to Maarten's answer which I think will feed your curiosity.
Bonne Continuation !
Turns out, the rules are well-defined, even though not everyone follows them. The links Cécile posted above or below are very helpful and I found this one useful too: https://www.frenchtoday.com/blog/french-grammar/french-punctuation/
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