Re: Article in front of hardware or software

Subject: Re: Article in front of hardware or software
From: Michael West <WestM -at- conwag -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 11:27:21 +1000

> OK, so assume that an IP product is called IPR, should we refer to
> the IPR" or setup "IPR".
> It was my feeling that even though this is its name, it is still
> and should perhaps be called the IPR?
> Same with software applications, what do you say setup VUM or setup the
> to do XYZ?

No, no, no. FORGET about hardware or software. The issue of whether it is
hardware or software is irrelevant.

If you have a software package named "IPR", and you write, "Launch IPR",
you are using "IPR" as a proper noun. Proper nouns are unique names of
specific individuals, whether animate or inanimate.

Were you to write "launch the IPR", then I would understand that you are
using "IPR" not as a proper noun identifying a specific object, but as
the name of a *class* of objects.

Mike West
Melbourne, Australia


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