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    Read-only Memory

    Could you please let me know the structure of the phrase "Read-only Memory" ?
    Is it correct to write words separately as "Read only Memory" ?
    Is "Read" here participle verb or infinitive verb ?
    Thank you so much !

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    Re: Read-only Memory

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Could you please let me know the structure of the phrase "Read-only Memory" ?
    Is it correct to write words separately as "Read only Memory" ?
    Is "Read" here participle verb or infinitive verb ?
    Thank you so much !
    It's memory that can only be read (by the computer - not by you); by contrast, think of a floppy disk - with the read/write tab, which allowed you to protect it from unwanted writes. (And if you were born to late to know, they were a bit like memory sticks [but not much]).

    As to the structure, 'read' is either an infinitive verb, or - more likely, I think - a noun (like "write" in my first paragraph). It's common for IT people to refer to a program 'doing a read', rather than 'performing an action that involves reading from memory'. Anyway, the vowel is /i:/

    I'd use the hyphen if I were you. Many people don't, but a 'high-level grill' isn't a grill that is both high and level In compound adjectives like this, a hyphen makes life a lot easier for the reader.


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    Re: Read-only Memory

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    (And if you were born to late to know, they were a bit like memory sticks [but not much]).
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Read-only Memory

    Oops tOo

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    Re: Read-only Memory

    Oh, I didn't even notice that. I was just remembering the 5 1/4" floppies that really were floppy, as well as those giant 9" ones on the state-of-the-art "Zy-writer"!

    It was the "but not much" comment that cracked me up.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Read-only Memory

    I was a whizz-adult (IT-wise), so don't remember the 9" ones in Real Life (though I've seen a few kept as conversation pieces).

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    ps oops: off-topic - sorry

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