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When is the proper time to use tonite or is it proper at all to use? I have seen it a lot recently and was wondering which type of situation calls for it.
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AnonymousNo, alternate is a verb, alternative is a noun. Hence, no such thing as an 'alternate spelling' (or an 'alternate ending', despite the entire movie industry seeming to think otherwise!).
Sorry, anon. Please check your dictionary.

Alternate can be used as a verb, an adjective or a noun. There are two pronunciations, though.
http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/alternate

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/alternate?s=t
Anonymousno such thing as an 'alternate spelling'
You'll need to take this up with the editorial staff for the Merriam-Webster dictionary, as they list 'alternate' as an adjective. Good luck trying to persuade them of your viewpoint!

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alternate

CJ
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'Tonite' is not just an internet spelling of words. It was used many many years before the internet existed. It most likely developed as a shorthand while taking notes, writing in a diary of some sorts, or writing an informal letter to someone you knew very well. People also used to do it with the 'your' and 'you're', from what I can tell, in the same situations.