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online, on-line - adjective and adverb


Spelled either online or on-line. The single-word spelling is gaining ground.

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The transition from World Wide Web site to Web site to website as a single uncapitalized word mirrors the development of other technological expressions which have tended to take unhyphenated forms as they become more familiar. Thus email is gaining ground over the forms E-mail and e-mail, especially in texts that are more technologically oriented. Similarly, there is an increasing preference for closed forms like homepage, online, and printout.

Example: He provided online services. adjective

Example: He worked online from home. adverb

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  • Mistu Sarkar
    Mistu Sarkar
    It is to be notified that all the member of G-HEALTHY WORLD, those who have never renew their I'd card within one year or more than one year.They must be renew their I'd card within 1st May 2017 to 31st July 2017The member who have cross or delay , his or her I'd must be cancelled and no excuses should be consider. 
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