Commas in the lesson
I notice that the lessons seem to sometimes have commas where they wouldn't be needed (in English); is this how it's normally written in Dutch, or is it to help us learn by breaking up the sentence more? Basically, I want to know whether it's important that I pay attention to the comma placement, especially since it accepts the English translation without them.
In Dutch, you use commas differently than in English. We don't use them when place and/or time are placed in front of the subject (or verb in the Dutch sentence). We do put a comma between two finite verbs (the verb that is linked to the subject (which would be 'is' in the sentence before this one)), and when a 'natural pause' is indicated (so when you need to breath). But then again, we don't put them in front of 'en' (but you do in English).
Anyway, if you want to write Dutch properly, you need to know when to put a comma in the sentence. I can't find a good site right now, but I'll try to find one! ;)
I could only quickly find some rules in Dutch.
General rules: https://onzetaal.nl/taaladvies/advies/komma-algemene-regels
And this page links to advice on various specific situations (on the right hand side of the page "10.000.000 / 10 000 000" and below): http://taaladvies.net/index.php?label=komma