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March, 2010

March 10, 2010  1:42 PM

Beck and call or beckon call?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
beacon call, beck and call, beckon call, beckoned call, Business writing, CIO, commonly misspelled words, commonly misunderstood phrases, eggcorn, grammar, meanings, Quiz

Which is correct? Top Security Specialists offers the best in personal service and puts our R&D at your ___________. a. beck and call b. beckon call

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March 9, 2010  1:30 PM

Nor and the double negative

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, double negatives, grammar, neither / nor, nor, Quiz, tricky grammar questions

Which is correct? We didn't manage to meet our first energy conservation target date -- ____ even the second one. a. nor b. or

March 8, 2010  2:29 PM

Working with dependent clauses and references

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, dependent clauses, grammar, meaning, Quiz, references

Which is correct? A business rules engine allows users to specify logic to a computer, ________________________ a. which will then be executed. b. which will then execute it.

March 5, 2010  1:50 PM

Minuscule or miniscule?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, minuscule vs. miniscule, Quiz, spelling

Which is correct? According to PCWorld, __________ transistors will some day power portable

March 3, 2010  2:30 PM

Backward-compatible or backwards compatible?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
backward or backwards, backward-compatible or backwards-compatible, Business writing, CIO, grammar, Quiz, spelling

Which is correct? The new high-bandwidth cabling system was designed to be ____________ with existing technology. a. backward-compatible b. backwards-compatible

March 1, 2010  6:00 PM

Run the gauntlet or the gamut?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, gamut vs. gauntlet, grammar, Quiz, word meantings

Which is correct? Household applications that could be powered by fuel cells run the ______ from lamps to slow cookers. a. gamut b. gauntlet

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