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How do I insert spaces in the [+format] string of the date command

Hello,

I am running Fedora Core 25, GNU Coreutils 8.25. I use one of the virtual consoles (Ctrl+Alt+F3).

When I run:

date +%a%b

I get:

TueDec

I would like to insert a space between Tue and Dec, therefore I run:

date +%a %b

However, instead of a space between Tue and Dec, I get:

date: extra operand %b

Can you guys help me out to get the space between Tue and Dec?

Many thanks, Andrei