online vs on line vs in line :

online or on line or in line

The common adjective used to label Internet activities is usually written as one word: “online”: “The online site selling banana cream pies was a failure.” But it makes more sense when using it as an adverbial phrase to write two separate words: “When the teacher took her class to the library, most of them used it to go on line.” The hyphenated form “on-line” is not widely used; but would be proper only for the adjectival function. However, you are unlikely to get into trouble for using “online” for all computer-related purposes.As for real physical lines, the British and New Yorkers wait “on line” (in queues), but most Americans wait “in line.”

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  • a  on a regular route of a railroad or bus or airline system
  • a  connected to a computer network or accessible by computer
  • s  being in progress now

  • s  being next in a line of succession
  • s  awaiting something; especially something due
  • r  one behind another in a line or queue
News & Articles

  • You won't lose that leftover lunch money
    Wednesday morning students in line at Fitchburg High School's cafeteria paid for slices of pizza and chicken sandwiches, many by punching in their PINs to draw from a special account of money previously deposited by their parents.
    June 13, 2013 - Sentinel & Enterprise
  • Main Line Health staffing medical tents at the Open
    Main Line Times Main Line Health will be the health care provider for the 2013 U.S. Open Golf Championship at Merion Golf Club, June 10-16.
    June 12, 2013 - Main Line Times
  • Main Line Art Center breaks ground on renovation and expansion
    It was a picture-perfect moment Wednesday morning as the Main Line Art Center broke ground for a major renovation and expansion at its historic “White House” in Haverford.
    June 12, 2013 - Main Line Times