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October, 2009


October 30, 2009  2:31 PM

Writing for Business – Data is or data are



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
subject-verb agreement

Supporting data for those risk indicators ______ going to be difficult to obtain. a. is b. are Which is correct? Continued »

October 26, 2009  10:29 PM

1990′s or 1990s?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
apostrophes, Business writing, CIO, dates, grammar, plurals, Quiz

Which is correct? The bandwidth demands of the average Internet user have increased dramatically since the _____. a. 1990s b. 1990's Continued »


October 26, 2009  3:00 PM

Me, myself, I — which is correct?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, first person singular, grammar, me/myself/I, pronouns, Quiz

Which is correct? I requested copies of the marketing report for other team members and ____. a. me b. myself c. I Continued »


October 23, 2009  8:04 PM

Between or among?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
between or among, Business writing, CIO, grammar, Quiz, word choice

Which is correct? They set up five mesh devices to create a high-bandwidth network _______ themselves without the need for a central access point. a. between b. among

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October 23, 2009  3:56 PM

Open source — hyphenate or not?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
adjectives, Business writing, CIO, hyphenation, open source, Quiz

Which is correct? Open source describes any software whose source code is in the public domain or that is copyrighted and distributed under an ______________. a. open source license b. open-source license


October 23, 2009  12:11 PM

Please RSVP?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, Quiz, redundancies, RSVP, Security, word meanings

Which is correct? We're planning a festive meal and special surprises for employees and their guests, so _______. a. RSVP b. please RSVP Continued »


October 22, 2009  2:48 PM

“It’s” or “its” — which is correct?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, contractions, it's or its, possessives, Quiz, spelling

Which is correct? Maintaining an appropriate ambient temperature for hardware is essential to ____ performance and longevity. a. it's b. its

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October 21, 2009  4:10 PM

Hyphenation — low cost or low-cost?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, hyphenation, low-cost or low cost, Quiz

Which is correct? Cluster computing can also be used as a relatively______ form of parallel processing. a. low cost b. low-cost Continued...

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October 21, 2009  3:18 PM

Which is correct — oriented or orientated?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, orient vs. orientate, Quiz, synonyms, word choice, word origins

Which is correct? The user found that the application worked well if she could get the phone view ________ with the package barcode. a. orientated b. oriented


October 20, 2009  1:30 PM

Purposely or purposefully?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly misused words, grammar, purposely or purposefully, Quiz, word meanings

Which is correct? Although most information breaches aren't committed _________, the effects can be just as serious as if there had been a security attack. a. purposely b. purposefully


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