Re: Article in front of hardware or software

Subject: Re: Article in front of hardware or software
From: Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, SB <sylvia -dot- braunstein -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2008 12:43:03 -0700 (PDT)

My rule is, unless it is awkward in some way or the boss requires otherwise, use the form that requires the fewest keystrokes.

--- On Fri, 6/13/08, SB <sylvia -dot- braunstein -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> From: SB <sylvia -dot- braunstein -at- gmail -dot- com>
> Subject: Article in front of hardware or software
> To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> Date: Friday, June 13, 2008, 3:09 PM
> It was always my impression that when referring to a product
> XYZ in a
> sentence, you use the article "the". Configure
> *the* XYZ Switch as
> follows...
> However, with software, you omit it. For example: Use
> Microsoft Word
> to author your documentation. Then again, you could say use
> the XYZ Switch
> application...
> Is there a grammatical rule for this?


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