For example, I would always type:
What is the capital of Peru?
But a minority of others type:
What is the capital of Peru ?
Those who type like this, were you taught it in school? And if so, what's the logic behind it?
Some people do the same with exclamation marks also !
I googled but didn't come across any definitive answers. The best was the same discussion but on another forum: Rotten tomatoes - People who put a blank space before the question mark in an interrogative sentence.
I cannot fathom the mentality of those who write this way, and it really pisses me off. You wouldn't put a "space" before a period, would you? Do these people actually believe that this is the correct method of writing ? Occasionally you will see those who do the same thing with exclamation points ("Batman Begins is the best movie ever !"), though it isn't as common.
Well in French, and probably many other languages, you do put a space before a question mark or exclamation mark. They seem to cope with it.
Hey ... my friend, don't take it personally, but you're wrong about the French language. It's my first language and I teach it. I don't know about other languages, but I'm telling you, in French, you do not put a space before a question mark nor in front of an exclamation mark. Whomever told you otherwise is obviously wrong...sorry.Wikipedia is equally clueless: Wikipedia - Question Mark