Retired English Teacher
He downloaded a lot of music (A. on B. from C. off) the Internet.
Which one(s) should I choose to complete the above the sentence? Thank you a lot.
I would use "from" as my first choice. You will hear "off" from a lot of people. I don't think "on" works here.
"From" or "off" (or even "off of") works for me. "On" doesn't because the direction is wrong for removing things from a network. You can say "I put my photos on the internet."
Yes, that is what I am saying. And you are right that "remove" is not the exact word.
If you think of the internet like a big data server, then you put things on the server (like uploading your family photos to Facebook) or take things off (like downloading an instruction manual or a driver for a piece of equipment). On and off. Up and down.
When taking music from the internet (understanding that you take a copy and do not remove the original) you are taking information off of the internet. So saying you downloaded music "on" the internet doesn't seem right to me.
Granted, all may not make this distinction.
When we go online, we do say we are "on the internet." So I could see someone saying "I was on the internet and I downloaded some music." But your original "I downloaded music on the internet" is logically wrong to me.
I'd like to ask a question here if I may.
Is it not possible to interpret the sentence as :
'He downloaded a lot of music (that is) on the Internet'?
Thank you in advance.