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    paid or paid for

    When a software can be obtained free of charge, it is a free software.

    When a software has to be bought, it is a paid software or paid for software.

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    Re: paid or paid for

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Chan View Post
    When a software can be obtained free of charge, it is a free software.
    No, it is "free software". We don't use 'a' before software. It's uncountable. In any case, in many cases where software can be obtained free of charge, it is pirated or stolen software.
    When a software has to be bought, it is a paid software or paid for software.
    It's commercial software.

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    Re: paid or paid for

    Free software can also be called "freeware" or "shareware".

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    Re: paid or paid for

    'Shareware' is free 'for a short time before you decide whether to buy it'── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/shareware

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    Re: paid or paid for

    Sometimes. But I have downloaded free shareware many times.

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    Re: paid or paid for

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    We don't use 'a' before software.
    Perhaps we can say 'a piece of software'.

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    Re: paid or paid for

    You can but it's not necessary.

    Software can be downloaded here.
    Some software can be downloaded here.
    A piece of software can be downloaded here.

    A software can be downloaded here.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: paid or paid for

    "Many pieces of software can be downloaded here.'
    "Much software can be downloaded here.'

    I think the first one is correct. How about the second?

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    Re: paid or paid for

    The second's OK, though we tend to use a lot of/lots of in positive sentences instead of much with uncountable nouns.

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    Re: paid or paid for

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Sometimes. But I have downloaded free shareware many times.
    True, but more so in the good old days.

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