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    instant messaging short notes back and forth.

    Although these Internet users reported that they corresponded more often with family members, the content of this correspondence tended to be pretty superficial. They were forwarding each other jokes via emails, or just instant messaging short notes back and forth.

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    Although these Internet users reported that they corresponded more often with family members, the content of this correspondence tended to be pretty superficial. They were forwarding each other jokes via emails, or just (they were )instant messaging short notes back and forth.


    2)Is "instant message" verb or it it noun?
    3) Is "short notes" object of verb "instant message"? The underlined part is so confusing sentence.

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    Re: instant messaging short notes back and forth.

    "Instant message", these days, is both a noun (a compound noun) and a verb.

    He sent me an instant message. (noun)
    He instant messaged me. (verb)

    Note that it's commonly abbreviated to "IM".

    He sent me an IM.
    He IMed me. (It's clunky to write down and it does look odd!)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: instant messaging short notes back and forth.

    "Instant message", these days, is both a noun (a compound noun) and a verb.
    Thanks emsrd2d. It seems that the verb can be both transitive (from original post) and intransitive (from your examples).

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    Re: instant messaging short notes back and forth.

    or just instant messaging short notes back and forth.
    Can I ask what "back and forth" means?

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    Re: instant messaging short notes back and forth.

    If you send an email to someone, they reply, you reply to their message, etc, the two of you are sending messages back and forth.

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    Re: instant messaging short notes back and forth.

    Also termed "backwards and forwards" and "to and fro".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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