CSS Grid empty cell


I successfully completed the following challenge: https://www.freecodecamp.org/learn/responsive-web-design/css-grid/divide-the-grid-into-an-area-template

I did simply by replacing the word “advert” by a “.” in the grid-template-areas property.

However the displayed result is not what I was expecting: I was expecting an empty space at the first column of the second row but it’s taken by the div number 4 instead.

Could someone explain please?

You are absolutely right! It does not do what it was meant to do.
I believe the starter code should look like this.
Try it with the code below.

  .item1{background:LightSkyBlue;grid-area: header;}
  .item2{background:LightSalmon;grid-area: content;}
  .item3{background:PaleTurquoise;grid-area: footer;}

  .container {
    font-size: 40px;
    min-height: 300px;
    width: 100%;
    background: LightGray;
    display: grid;
    grid-template-columns: 1fr 1fr 1fr;
    grid-template-rows: 1fr 1fr 1fr;
    grid-gap: 10px;
    /* Only change code below this line */
      "header header header"
      "advert content content"
      "footer footer footer";
    /* Only change code above this line */

<div class="container">
  <div class="item1">1</div>
  <div class="item2">2</div>
  <div class="item3">3</div>

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