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    Default Online vs on line

    " Will you marry someone whom you met on line "

    Question 1 ) on line is the same as ' online ' ? I think ' online ' is more appropriate, though :)

    Question 2 ) Is it Ok to use future tense in front but past tense at the back of a sentence like this ? After all, is it the right sentence ?

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    According to Google:

    Online = 267,000,000

    On line = 32,100,000

    Interestingly, if you search for on line, Google asks you 'Did you mean online?' :)

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    I didn't do the search anyway, someone asked this question and it makes me wonder if both are similar :).

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    Default Re: Online vs on line

    [quote="whl626"]" Will you marry someone whom you met on line "

    Answer 1 ) "online" is listed in the Dictionary of Current English. 'on line' is not listed. I use both, but place a hyphen between on and line, on-line.

    Answer 2 ) Will you marry someone whom you met on-line? means, you met the someone in the past (i.e. 'met) and you are being asked now if you'll marry them in the future.

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    I see, in short, to use past tense and present tense in a sentence is OK. :) Thanks

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