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December, 2009


December 30, 2009  9:20 PM

neither has or neither have?



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

laptop1.jpg Which is correct? Neither of the netbooks _____ enough computing power for my purposes. a. has b....

December 30, 2009  6:47 PM

Nevermind or never mind?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
archaic words and phrases, Business writing, CIO, grammar, never mind or nevermind, Quiz

Which is correct? Travelers at Pearson were told to expect eight-hour waits for U.S. customs alone, _________ subsequent security checks. a. never mind b. nevermind

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December 28, 2009  9:06 PM

Ordering adjectives



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
adjectives, Business writing, cellular routers, CIO, grammar, order of adjectives, Quiz

Which is correct? Although cellular wireless routers have been available for years, they are ___________________ devices. a. ugly, big metal devices b. big, ugly metal devices


December 23, 2009  3:07 PM

The plural of “OS”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, OS, pluralization, plurals of acronyms, Quiz

Which is correct? Running only Web apps is expected to make Chrome more secure than other ______. a. OS’s b. OSes c. OSs Continued »


December 22, 2009  8:14 PM

One in five has or one in five have?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, numbers, one in five, subject-verb agreement, tricky grammar questions

Which is correct? One in five computers ___ a fatal hard drive crash during its life span. a. has b. have Continued »


December 21, 2009  10:45 PM

Is that option pre-installed?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, operating systems, pre-installed, Quiz, Windows 7

Which is correct? You may be able to restore your computer to a previous, functional status if it came with a recovery utility _________. a. pre-installed b. installed


December 21, 2009  5:14 PM

Bane (or bain) of my existence?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
bane or bain, Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, commonly misspelled words, Google poll, grammar, Quiz

Which is correct? Inefficient use of bandwidth is the _____ of the network administrator's existence. a. bane b. bain


December 18, 2009  2:00 PM

Is that network insecure or unsecure?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly misused words, grammar, insecure or unsecure, Quiz, spelling

Which is correct? The bottom line seems to be that you can't browse securely on an ________ network. a. insecure b. unsecure

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December 17, 2009  5:54 PM

Ensure or insure?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, grammar, insure vs. ensure, Quiz, spelling

Which is correct? A security policy should stipulate requirements for each department to _______ that confidential information and technologies are not compromised. a. insure b. ensure


December 16, 2009  6:50 PM

Would have, could have, should have — in a subjunctive mood



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, Quiz, subjunctive conditional, subjunctive mood, would have

Which is correct? If I ______ known more about security when I started this job, I could have avoided some problems. a. would have b. had


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