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    the Internet

    Hello,

    Should the word 'the Internet' always be capitalized no matter its position in the sentence?

    Also, in the sentence 'Internet - an important means of communication nowdays' is it correct to use it without the article 'the'?
    Thank you!

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    Re: the Internet

    I don't capitalise it. It seems to be a style choice. Some publications insist on it being capitalised, some don't. For me, it looks very odd with a capital letter - it is not a brand name or a proper noun.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by mihallure View Post
    ...is it correct to use it without the article 'the'?
    It needs 'the' when used as a noun ('I found it on the internet'), but not when used attributively ('I did an internet search').

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    Re: the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It needs 'the' when used as a noun ('I found it on the internet'), but not when used attributively ('I did an internet search').
    Thank you for you answers. So in my example (the title of an essay) the article is compulsory?

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    Re: the Internet

    Your title should be "The internet - an important means of communication nowadays". I prefer "communication tool" and I would probably say "in the 21st century" or similar rather than "nowadays".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by mihallure View Post
    Hello,

    Should the word 'the Internet' always be capitalized no matter its position in the sentence?

    Also, in the sentence 'Internet - an important means of communication nowdays' is it correct to use it without the article 'the'?
    Thank you!
    ''

    I still capitalize "Internet", but many don't.

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    Re: the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
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    I still capitalize "Internet", but many don't.
    Interesting, but it would be informative if you gave a reason.
    I'm not sure emsr2d2 is correct is saying that it's not a proper noun.

    @OP Arguments for both can be found here:
    Capitalization of "Internet" - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Interesting, but it would be informative if you gave a reason.
    I'm not sure emsr2d2 is correct is saying that it's not a proper noun.

    @OP Arguments for both can be found here:
    Capitalization of "Internet" - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Yes, at the current time, I consider it a proper noun. There is only one one, right now.

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    Re: the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I still capitalize "Internet", but many don't.
    I see lower case more and more frequently nowadays in newspapers, etc, in BrE.

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