I'm struggling to see the use of "l" in the phrase : mais je pense que l'on mériterait
Dictation exercise B2
To supplement on Chris's excellent answer: 'l' is used with 'on' for reasons of euphony. It is very common to use it in written French and therefore its usage is rather formal. You usually find it after 'lorsque, puisque, quoique' or after 'et, ou, où, qui, quoi, si' (here to avoid pronouncing two vowel sounds one after the other).
See link here: on-vs-l-on
I hope this is helpful.
Bonne journée !
That's purely for easier pronunciation. No grammatical significance.
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