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November 13, 2014  3:58 PM

Inside a USB flash drive

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
CIO

The image below displays the inside of a USB flash drive. On the left is the flash memory chip; the controller is on the right.

Inside flash drive

A Cruzer Titanium Drive Opened after being nearly destroyed. (Uploaded by User:Nrbelex)

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October 6, 2014  8:26 PM

Check yourself before you wreck yourself: Using reflexive pronouns correctly

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
CIO

Which is correct?

interrobang Call __________ if you have any problems setting up the new modem.  

  1. myself or Gerald
  2. Gerald or myself
  3. Me or Gerald
  4. Gerald or me
  5. Gerald or I
  6. I or Gerald

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July 2, 2014  12:20 PM

Vocabulary: Does hapless mean unhappy, unlucky or ineffectual?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
CIO

What does this sentence mean?

interrobang When the hapless contestant is fired at the end of Apprentice, it is usually because he has failed as a project manager.  Does hapless mean:

a. Unhappy

b. Unlucky

c. Ineffectual

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June 17, 2014  2:51 PM

Vocabulary: Does protean mean beginning, changeable or heroic?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
CIO

What does this sentence mean?

interrobang To satisfy the WebOps job description, an applicant must have a protean career history.  

a. The applicant would need to be just starting out.

b. The applicant would need experience in many different jobs.

c. The applicant would need to have demonstrated heroic efforts.

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May 7, 2014  2:44 PM

Subject / verb agreement

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
typing Which is correct?
The survey results taught us that one in three network administrators ____ interested in learning more about software-defined networking.
a. was
b. were

Answer: a

Explanation: One is the subject of the sentence. One is a singular subject, so it requires the singular verb, was. Ignore prepositional phrases when deciding upon a singular or plural verb.

The survey results taught us that one (in three network administrators) was interested in learning more about software-defined networking.


 


April 30, 2014  3:20 PM

Prefer to, prefer than or prefer over?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Which is correct?

Our data shows that a vast majority of customers prefer Brand A  ____ Brand B.
a. to
b. than
c. over

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April 11, 2014  3:50 PM

Misplaced modifiers: I don’t think that sentence means what you think it means

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

What’s wrong with this sentence?

interrobang The new iPad Air’s Retina display has the same resolution as the previous model, 264 ppi. 

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April 9, 2014  6:05 PM

Parallel construction, serial commas and false series

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?

interrobang For creating a worm that wreaked havoc across the Internet, Robert Morris was sentenced to ___________________. 

a. three years’ probation, 400 hours of community service and fined $10,000
b. sentenced to three years’ probation and 400 hours of community service and fined $10,000

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April 3, 2014  2:54 PM

Subject / verb agreement

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
typing Which is correct?
One out of every ten servers ____ a custom install.
a. require
b. requires

Answer: b

Explanation: One is the subject of the sentence, so the correct verb is requires. One server (out of every ten) requires a custom install.

Writinghood offers more advice about tricky cases of subject-verb agreement.


March 24, 2014  11:53 AM

“Over” vs. “more than” — apparently, it was a thing

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?

interrobang In a typical week, the State Department’s anti-malware programs intercept _______ 4,500 viruses.
a. more than
b. over

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