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the bank’s internet(Internet) service

 
 
Reply Sun 16 Aug, 2009 11:39 pm
"the bank’s internet service"or "the bank’s Internet service"?
And what time should "internet" initially capitalized?

Thanks.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Sun 16 Aug, 2009 11:54 pm
@jinmin1988,
according to my spell checker, always.
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JTT
 
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Reply Sun 16 Aug, 2009 11:57 pm
@jinmin1988,
Quote:
And what time should "internet" initially capitalized?


The passive, Jinmin.

And [what time] when should "internet"____ initially capitalized?
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contrex
 
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Reply Mon 17 Aug, 2009 12:53 am
I agree with this opinion:

The argument for capitalisation is simple: there is only one Internet, just like there is only one Moscow. Sure, it's made up of millions of elements but so is the Great Barrier Reef. Therefore Internet is a proper noun and must have a capital. Until quite recently, this opinion held, partly because of its inarguable correctness. But good English isn't necessarily about correctness " usage plays an important role.

To people who have grown up with the internet (and let's face it, that's anyone born after about 1985), the internet is as ubiquitous as the phone and the radio, and probably doesn't seem worthy of special treatment. The word is showing signs of "maturing".

The irony is that the internet itself (especially email) has been partly responsible for the overuse of lower-case lettering in almost all design contexts. People who capitalise their initials in their email address just look weird!

JTT
 
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Reply Mon 17 Aug, 2009 11:19 am
@contrex,
Therefore Internet is a proper noun and must have a capital. ... To people who have grown up with the internet ... the internet is as ubiquitous ... The irony is that the internet itself ...

?????

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DrewDad
 
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Reply Mon 17 Aug, 2009 12:44 pm
@jinmin1988,
Either one gets the point across. Usage is kinda going both ways right now.

Same thing with E-mail. Traditional rules indicate that "E-mail" should be capitalized, the same way one does with "A-frame" or "T-shirt", but actual usage is leaning toward "email".
roger
 
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Reply Mon 17 Aug, 2009 01:56 pm
@DrewDad,
What I'm seeing is a tendency to overcapitalize all abbreviations.
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Francis
 
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Reply Mon 17 Aug, 2009 02:11 pm
@DrewDad,
Well, as names are capitalized, Email should be capitalized:

http://pagesperso-orange.fr/gismonda/email.jpg
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