Online vs on line

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whl626

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" Will you marry someone whom you met on line "

Question 1 ) on line is the same as ' online ' ? I think ' online ' is more appropriate, though :)

Question 2 ) Is it Ok to use future tense in front but past tense at the back of a sentence like this ? After all, is it the right sentence ?
 

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According to Google:

Online = 267,000,000

On line = 32,100,000

Interestingly, if you search for on line, Google asks you 'Did you mean online?' :)
 

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I didn't do the search anyway, someone asked this question and it makes me wonder if both are similar :).
 

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whl626 said:
" Will you marry someone whom you met on line "

Answer 1 ) "online" is listed in the Dictionary of Current English. 'on line' is not listed. I use both, but place a hyphen between on and line, on-line.

Answer 2 ) Will you marry someone whom you met on-line? means, you met the someone in the past (i.e. 'met) and you are being asked now if you'll marry them in the future.

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I see, in short, to use past tense and present tense in a sentence is OK. :) Thanks
 
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