Capitalize internet?

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Anonymous:
Hi,

My English teacher said that Internet must be written with a capital I. But I remember reading that is was no longer necessary to do this.

Do you have any idea what the official way to write "Internet" is?

I did find an old topic on this forum about this matter, but it was outdated.
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Mostly I have seen the word 'Internet'. However, I would vote for the both 'internet' and 'Internet'.

It shouldn't be 'on Internet'. It should be on the 'Internet'.
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AnonymousHi,

My English teacher said that Internet must be written with a capital I. But I remember reading that is was no longer necessary to do this.

Do you have any idea what the official way to write "Internet" is?

I did find an old topic on this forum about this matter, but it was outdated.

I imagine your teacher is being technical about the preceding definite article, however, I believe it is now commonly written in lower case.
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Specialty Definition of Internet
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In the general sense, an internet (with a lowercase "i", a shortened form of the original inter-network) is a computer network that connects several networks. As a proper noun, the Internet is the publicly available internationally interconnected system of computers (plus the information and services they provide to their users) that uses the TCP/IP suite of packet switching communications protocols. Thus, the largest internet is called simply "the" Internet. The art of connecting networks in this way is called internetworking.

paco
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Your teacher is 100% correct. Internet is a proper noun just as your name, your country and your language is. It is not now commonly accepted to spell it with a lower case 'i' as was said in one of the answers.
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Anonymous:
um okay, do you say "the Radio"?
Did you mean:

um okay, do you write "the Radio"?

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Anonymous:
Of course Internet is capitalized. It's always capitalized on the Television, and in the Newspaper. People even say it with a capital letter when they're talking on the Radio or the Telephone. In fact, I've even seen it capitalized in Books and on Signs beside the Road. Emotion: stick out tongue
Perhaps, Anon, you should consult a stye guide instead of your sense of sarcasm. The AP style guide, as well as several others in North America, still maintain the capital I in Internet. I have no doubt that it will reach lower case status within a decade, but it's not there on a universal level yet.
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