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April 11, 2014  3:50 PM

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



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
clarity of reference, misplaced modifiers

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



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
parallel structure, serial comma, series

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



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
CIO
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



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
AP style, numbers, word choice

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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March 4, 2014  7:19 PM

Sports writers not moving onto better grammar — or should that be “moving on to”?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO

Which is correct?

interrobang Windows XP end of life is expected to boost desktop sales because moving ____ to Windows 7 is not a possibility for many older computers.a. on to
b. onto

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February 27, 2014  4:57 PM

Subject-verb agreement



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
CIO

Which is correct?

The manager who reviewed the proposals found that the quality of the proposals ______ generally good, but several failed to address compliance burdens in an adequate manner.
a. were
b. was

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January 28, 2014  12:44 PM

Redundant pleonasms, with an extra bonus



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, grammar terms, pleonasms, types of errors

What’s wrong with this sentence?

interrobang Because the customer had a past history of viruses and worms, I suspected that the current problem was another malware infection.

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January 16, 2014  11:28 AM

Is it “all be it” or “albeit”?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly misspelled words, word meanings

Which is correct?

interrobang Leet is a simple kind of code that’s human-readable — ______ with some difficulty — but more problematic for a computer to decode.
a. all be it
b. albeit

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December 5, 2013  12:03 PM

What’s the past tense of spin — spinned, span or spun?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
ESL, irregular verbs, verb tenses

Which is correct?

interrobang After that unfortunate incident at the holiday party, he went immediately into reputation management mode. But no matter how he ______ it, he still came out looking like a jerk.
a. spinned
b. span
c. spun

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December 3, 2013  1:24 PM

“Ass” as an intensifier and why we need hyphens: big ass pizza



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
compound modifiers, ESL, hyphenation, intensifier, punctuation, slang

Which is correct?

interrobang Drop down to the lounge at four – to celebrate the end of a very successful¬†fiscal quarter, we’re treating your team to a case of beer and a ______________________.
a. big-ass pizza
b. big ass pizza

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