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    Question Is, Is to be, Is to being and Become

    Hello.
    What are the differences between the sentences below, grammatically and semantically?

    1- If the Internet is more accessible, then we will have more visitors.
    2- If the Internet is to be more accessible, then we will have more visitors.
    3- If the Internet is to being more accessible, then we will have more visitors.
    4- If the Internet become more accessible, then we will have more visitors.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: Is, Is to be, Is to being and Become

    1 is fine. 2 is illogical, and therefore wrong although grammatically perhaps technically correct. 3 and 4 are grammatically incorrect.

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    Re: Is, Is to be, Is to being and Become

    I think "internet" should not be capitalized.
    No. 1 is correct. No.4 is also correct if "become" is changed to "becomes".
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    #4

    Re: Is, Is to be, Is to being and Become

    I capitalize "Internet".

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    Re: Is, Is to be, Is to being and Become

    Ok, it is a debatable point.
    Things which become ubiquitous is usually not treated as a special noun.
    Do you capitalize "smartphone"?

    http://www.articulatemarketing.com/i...e-the-internet
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    #6

    Re: Is, Is to be, Is to being and Become

    No. There are several smartphones. There is only one Internet.

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    Re: Is, Is to be, Is to being and Become

    What about the smartphone or the computer, as items of inventions?
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    Re: Is, Is to be, Is to being and Become

    No again. Are we going to play 20 questions?

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    #9

    Re: Is, Is to be, Is to being and Become

    Please start a thread in General Language Discussions to continue this spin-off debate.

    To return to the OP, I don't find any of the given sentences grammatical.

    I'd say

    'If the internet becomes more accessible, we will have more visitors.'
    'If the internet were to become more accessible, we would have more visitors.'
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 06-Jan-2016 at 09:41.

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    Question Re: Is, Is to be, Is to being and Become

    About number 2 - You said that it is grammatically incorrect! But I have an example in "Longman Dictionary of Contemporary": He wants his music to be accessible to everyone.
    So what about the above sentence? Is that incorrect too?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 07-Jan-2016 at 22:57. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

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