Learn English – Using RDP as a verb

verbs

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  1. I RDPed to the server
  2. I RDP to the server
  3. You should RDP to the server
  4. I was RDPing to the server
  5. I was RDP to the server

    • Bullet 3 sounds and reads fine
    • While 1 sounds ok to me it looks wrong & Bullet 2 does not read well or sound right
    • Bullet 4 sounds good but looks wrong & Bullet 5 does not read well or sound right

RDP = Remote Desktop Protocol; using an application to remotely access a different server/computer

Best Answer

This is, of course, not standard English. My convention, which plays nicely with old fashioned WikiWiki sites, is to use apostrophes when conjugating, and treat 'to RDP' as the infinitive of a regular verb (in general). First, I shall go through these replacing RDP with 'wink'. We get:

  1. I winked to the server
  2. I wink to the server
  3. You should wink to the server
  4. I was winking to the server
  5. I was wink to the server

Clearly 5 is wrong. For the other four (and to make it clear that the suffix is grammatical, and not part of the original abbreviation), consider:

  1. I RDP'ed to the server
  2. I RDP to the server
  3. You should RDP to the server
  4. I was RDP'ing to the server