How to use the phrase “the Internet” correctly – Common Mistake

I found many of the English learners use the phrase “the Internet” incorrectly, especially in the use of the prepositions. They don’t know whether to use on or in with this phrase. Normally we use on with the phrase “the Internet” or any social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Yahoo, etc.

Today you’re going to learn how to use the phrase “the Internet” correctly, and I hope next time, I won’t see you write “I learn English with Learn English with Demi in the Internet” anymore.

CORRECT    : I’m on the Internet. (OR: I’m on the Net.)

INCORRECT: I’m in the Internet.

CORRECT    : I surf the Internet. (OR: I surf the Net.)

INCORRECT: I surf in the Internet.

CORRECT    : You’ll find the information on the Internet.

INCORRECT: You’ll find the information in the Internet.

CORRECT    : I took the information straight off the Internet.

INCORRECT: I took the information on the Internet.

CORRECT    : In our hotel, all rooms have access to the Internet.

INCORRECT: In our hotel, all rooms have access to Internet.

CORRECT    : I use the Internet.

INCORRECT: I use internet.

CORRECT    : You can buy the book over the Internet.

INCORRECT: You can buy the book in the Internet.

• I’m online.

• I’m on Facebook

• I’m on WhatsApp

• We’re chatting in the chat room on Yahoo.

• The word Internet is often written in capital letters.

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2 thoughts on “How to use the phrase “the Internet” correctly – Common Mistake

  1. I like the topic as well as the way it is explained. It is a very common mistakes did by the students and some teachers. I hope i can read n bring all the articles here to my class. I plan to discuss it with my students in the classroom.Can’t wait to receive the notification of the latest post via email. Tq anyway.

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    1. Hi, Meylina. You’re right it’s a common mistake made by most ESL learners/speakers. It’s so nice to see you find this useful and will bring this subject to your class. Enjoy the discussion with your students, teacher. 🙂

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