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Internet or the Internet?

Isabel L

Internet or the Internet?
I �ve always said "the Internet" (with the article) but I have just seen an exam from a Spanish university asking "Is Internet addictive?". Can you tell me which is correct?
Thanks a lot 

19 Sep 2018      

United States

Hi, Isabel,
The question "Is internet addictive?" could be using "internet" as if it were a substance (like marijuana or heroin) in a clever way. On the other hand, if that is not the intent, then I would say that it is a mistake. Aside from that clever usage, it should be "the internet".

19 Sep 2018     

Isabel L

Thanks, Bruce.
I �d never have thought of that "clever usage". 

19 Sep 2018