Writing for Business


December 1, 2017  7:33 PM

Apostrophes with acronyms

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert

_______ are common in factory automation, building automation and material handling systems.

a. PLC’s
b. PLCs

Which is correct?

 


 

Answer: B

While apostrophes have been used with acronyms in the past, it is a consensus among most major publications of today that plural acronyms should not have apostrophes and simply add S. For example, the plural of CD would be CDs, not CD’s unless it was used as a possessive.

November 21, 2017  4:59 PM

Extent vs. extant

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?

interrobang The complexity of replacing some legacy systems with new desktops depends on the antiquity of the systems that are still _______.
a. extant
b. extent

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November 20, 2017  11:00 AM

‘Tis the season or t’is the season?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
Be careful shopping online: According to security experts, ____ the season for identity theft.
a. ’tis
b. t’is

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November 13, 2017  8:27 PM

Is/Are – Which is correct?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
datacenter.jpg Which is correct?
A number of IoT gateway products ____ equipped with additional security features.
a. is
b. are

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November 9, 2017  8:21 PM

Economic vs. Economical – Which is correct?

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert

Bringing in all-flash for primary storage adds a faster system that can provide greater __________ value for the company.

a. economical
b. economic

 


 

Answer: B

While both are adjectives and have the same meaning, economic and economical are not synonyms. Economic describes something that related to the economy or finances, while economical describes something that saves money or is not wasteful.

For the sentence above, economic is the correct choice because it’s describing the financial value gained by the company. Conversely, you could say bringing in all-flash for primary storage is economical because it saves money.

A good example to remember: Under tight economic conditions, my decision to buy a used car was economical.

The adverb for both adjectives is economically.


November 7, 2017  6:20 PM

Compose vs. Comprise – Which is correct?

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert

A business continuity plan ______ a number of activities that business continuity software systems can help facilitate and organize.

A. comprise
B. compose

Which is correct?

 

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August 2, 2017  5:12 PM

Easier or more easily – Which is correct?

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert

Which is correct?
When using a dynamic link library (DLL), updates are ______ to apply to each module without affecting other parts of the program.

A. easier
B. more easily
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June 28, 2017  7:12 PM

Raise or Rise – Which is correct?

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert

machinelearningSome employees fear that computers will take over their jobs with the _______ of machine learning, but that is not the case.

A. raise
B. rise

 

 

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June 28, 2017  4:04 PM

All ready or already – Which is correct?

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert

gears-3If you’re not _______ well-versed in microservices and containers, you’re running at the back of the pack.

A. already
B. all ready

 

 

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June 22, 2017  4:37 PM

Commas with “including” – When should they be used?

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert

GDPR‘s requirement for ‘privacy by design’ demands new approaches to customer __________ giving customers complete control over their data.

A. relationships, including
B. relationships including

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