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  • Web site

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  • Either one will do

    5 29.41%
  • Both are wrong

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    After checking a few things out, my original assumption was correct. "Website" would be a noun all by itself. 'web site' defines what type of site it is where 'web' is an adjective describing the kind of 'site'. As long as everyone understands 'website' as a word then either usage would be correct.

    However, "The Elements of Style" says, "In general...it is nouns and verbs, not their assistants, that give to good writing its toughness and color."

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    I think both are ok. Just like saying 'I am ok' is ok and 'I'm ok' is ok. We tend to abbreviate words we use together often and create 'new' words. That's obviously what's happened with websites. I'm not an English accademic or historian or whatever, but that's my take on it
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    Quote Originally Posted by drhowarddrfine View Post
    After checking a few things out, … 'web' is an adjective
    Could you provide a source for that conclusion?
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    Tommy,
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    Just like saying 'I am ok' is ok and 'I'm ok' is ok.
    Not the same thing. What you are using is called a "contraction". What we are discussing are nouns and adjectives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun(OfTheDead) View Post
    New question...

    How do you capitalise "e-mail" ??...

    My sister doesn't capitalise it at all... which annoys me, because I'm a sucker for good punctuation.

    Most times I see "E-mail"... which also annoys me, I'm not sure why. I can't remember why the E was supposed to be common. In any case it just looks wrong.

    I use "e-Mail". Sort of like "i-Pod"... common I, capital Pod... works for me.




    It's lowercase, unless of course it's at the beginning of a sentence. That's what Chicago Manual of Style calls for.

    Also, iPod and eBay become IPod and EBay at the beginnings of sentences. Not my rule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AutisticCuckoo View Post
    'Web site' or 'website' are just compound nouns, aren't they?
    Yes, but they're offically open compounds, meaning separated by a space.

    That means in the case of a term like "non–Web site," you should use an en dash rather than a hyphen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drhowarddrfine View Post
    Thanks! The first one uses the term noun adjunct, which sounds about right. 'Web' is a modifier to 'site'. The second source says that a noun can be used 'as an adjective' to modify a following noun.

    Neither of these two sources state that 'Web' actually is an adjective.

    Quote Originally Posted by Young Twig View Post
    That means in the case of a term like "non–Web site," you should use an en dash rather than a hyphen.
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