This question may sound a little silly, but I’m really confused if I should use “the” before the word “internet” in the following sentence:

After having internet at home for the first time


After having the internet at home for the first time

  • Omit the. It's not like you have the entire internet at your house. Jan 13 at 17:49
  • But I think "I have internet" sounds weird and non-fluent, because it is the Internet. Probably the best thing is to avoid the issue entirely by rephrasing to something like "having internet access at home".
    – stangdon
    Jan 13 at 19:29
  • I've seen both used naturally in casual contexts. I'm not sure if either is "wrong", per se. Jan 14 at 6:27

The Internet and an internet are different things.

Historically, computer networks that used IP (Internet Protocol) were internets (small I) and not necessarily connected to each other.

As internets became connected globally, you have The Internet (capital I, a proper noun) which defines a global network that happens to use IP as its underlying protocol.

So, what you have at home is a connection to the Internet. You use the definite article.

I would suggest that going on to discuss whether a local internet is a subnet of the Internet, and similar points, is probably more technical that you require in this question.

  • While true, this seems to miss the intent of the original question. Perhaps edit to make a more clear ruling on the original question, whether it's appropriate to delete "the"? Jan 13 at 23:02

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