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Is it ever appropriate to hyphenate a verb phrase in French which is used like a single word?

In French, there are many verb phrases which are used like single words, and are not to be interpreted along with the grammar of the surrounding sentence, eg. ‘mise à jour’, ‘mise en jeu’, ‘garde à ...
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Does the Oxford comma exist in French? / Virgule et énumération

The comma I'm asking about is the one before the last item in a list (surrounded by '☞ ☜' in the following): Il habite avec Paul, Aloysius ☞ , ☜ et Éléonore. In English, this comma is known as ...
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Which space should one use before punctuation ? Does it depends on the technology?

French puts extra spacing between words and certain punctuation marks including ?. But should it be a space, a half a space, or a non-breaking space (&nbsp) technically? Or does it vary between ...
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How universal is the guillemet in written French?

There's a discussion going on about the use of Guillemet in written French. The official view of l'Académie is pretty clear I think, but how widely is this reflected around the world? Is it normal to ...
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Is it necessary to use guillemets when quoting in French, or may one use English-style doublequotes?

Many French writers and publications will use guillemets when quoting in French, e.g. Il a dit qu'il « était le meilleur joueur du monde » hier soir. But there are also major publications such ...