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    #1

    the cellphone is ubiquitous

    I learned a new word: ubiquitous

    Have I used it correctly in this sentence? Is this sentence okay?


    The cellphone is undoubtedly the most ubiquitous consumer-electronic device around the globe.

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    #2

    Re: the cellphone is ubiquitous

    You used ubiquitous correctly. We'd usually say "in the world."

    We would not hyphenate consumer electronic. You're not creating an adjective. You're using two separate adjectives. It's a consumer device and an electronic device.
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    #3

    Re: the cellphone is ubiquitous

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    You used ubiquitous correctly. We'd usually say "in the world."

    We would not hyphenate comsumer electronic. You're not creating an adjective. You're using two separate adjectives. It's a consumer device and an electronic device.
    Thanks. Is this okay?

    The cellphone is undoubtedly the most ubiquitous consumer electronic device in the world.

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    Re: the cellphone is ubiquitous

    Yes, indeed! Well done.
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    #5

    Re: the cellphone is ubiquitous

    PS -

    Someone might point out that, by definition, something either is ubiquitous or it isn't, so one thing can't be more ubiquitous than another.

    I won't.
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