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November, 2009


November 30, 2009  6:05 PM

Backup vs. back up



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
backup, backup vs. back up, Business writing, CIO, compound words, grammar, Quiz

Which is correct? If you don't _______ your data effectively, you risk losing it. a. backup b. back up Continued »

November 25, 2009  1:57 PM

Till or ’til?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
apostrophes, Business writing, CIO, commonly misspelled words, grammar, Quiz, robots, till or 'til, writing

Which is correct? Because time is limited, please hold your questions ____ after the robot demonstration. a. till b. 'til Continued »


November 23, 2009  2:16 PM

“Compared with” vs. “compared to” — is there a difference?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, compared to vs. compared with, grammar, Quiz, word choice

Which is correct? When compared ____ the high-performance computers of twenty years ago, current PCs seem like supercomputers. a. with b. to

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November 20, 2009  1:14 PM

Writing dates correctly



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
AP style, Business writing, CIO, commas, dates, dates and punctuation, grammar, Quiz, writing dates correctly

Which is correct? Alexander Popov first demonstrated the use of an antenna to transmit and receive radio waves in ____________. a. March 1896 b. March, 1896

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November 19, 2009  12:32 PM

Subject – verb agreement (Part II)



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, Quiz, subject-verb agreement

Which is correct? The increasing proliferation of Internet-connected devices _____ that more people are choosing wireless technology for home networks. a. means b. mean

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November 18, 2009  8:20 PM

What are your pet grammar peeves?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore

We're moving toward the end of the year and soon we'll see all sorts of Top 10 lists. Last year, Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty posted her top five pet peeves for 2008:

Before we get into the final list,...


November 18, 2009  4:08 PM

“Preventive” or “preventative?”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, grammar, preventive / preventative, Quiz

Which is correct? The Red Flags Rule legislation was created as a __________ measure against identity theft. a. preventative b. preventive Continued...

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November 17, 2009  2:37 PM

“A NDR” or “an NDR?”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
acronyms and initialisms, acronyms and prepositions, Business writing, CIO, grammar, Quiz

Which is correct? Although some admins simply configure servers not to send out _______ (non-delivery report) when the recipient does not exist, that method can cause problems for some legitimate emails. a....


November 16, 2009  3:13 PM

Criteria or criterion?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
agenda, agendum, Business writing, CIO, commonly misused words, criteria / criterion, grammar, pluralization, Quiz, spam

Which is correct? One important ________ for security assurance is documentation of application security measures in development. a. criterion b. criteria

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November 13, 2009  4:10 PM

Is it “small businessmen” or “small-business men?”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, enterprise document management, hyphenation, Quiz, small businesses, spelling

Which is correct? The notice for the EDM seminar stressed its usefulness for _________________ as well as large enterprises. a. small businessmen b. small-business men


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