Today, I found the answer to a question I've been asking myself for a while now. Everytime I'm sending one of my interviews for Book Blogging Around The World or to authors or else, I noticed that almost every person who answered it changed a little something in the interview. And it involved punctuation.
When writing a question or an exclamation, I've always put a space before the exclamation point or the interrogation point.
Example : Where do you live ? Do tell us !
When I receive the interviews with the answers, many bloggers deleted the space.
Example : Where do you live? Do tell us!
This, my friends, has been troubling me. :)
I thought that I had it all wrong and that I had always been mistaken as for the use of punctuation and spaces. Each time I saw that the person I'd interviewed had changed what I had written, I felt embarassed. But I never took the time to check what was the real rule.
Today, I decided to take a little punctuation lesson.
And guess what ? See, I did the space again
Nobody was wrong ! And yet again
Do you want an explanation ? Hum
Here it goes :
In French, a space is required both before and after all two- (or more) part punctuation marks and symbols, including : ; « » ! ? % $ #. This space is called "une espace fine insécable" and not "un espace". This rule is not the same in Great-Britain and North America, where the interrogation or exclamation points is located, without any space, right after the last letter of the sentence.
Do you know how relieved I felt when reading this ? The thing is, I've always been a top-student when it comes to spelling and all. I'm the one who corrects all my friends' letters or emails before they send it. So when I realized that I might be wrong on such an important punctuation thing, I was seriously worried.
So, this is a happy ending for everyone, we were all right and wrong at the same time ! We French people put a space, where you American or British people do not put a space. How funny is that ? I had no idea that these kind of rules could change from a country to another !
Now, the real question is : will I be able to throw my French reflexes out the window and NOT. PUT. A SPACE when I write in English? Oh, yes, I can!