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August, 2012


August 31, 2012  1:22 PM

The difference between “dependent” and “dependant”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common misspellings, commonly confused words, ESL, the difference between, word meanings

Which is correct? The ________ variable is what is being measured in an experiment. a. dependent b. dependant Continued...

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August 29, 2012  12:27 PM

Sometimes the best edit is a rewrite



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
editing, ESL, pronoun/noun order, pronouns

Which is correct? I’d like to offer __________ to manage the project. a. myself and Bob b. Bob and myself c. neither of the above

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August 28, 2012  10:37 AM

Punctuation matters: What does this sentence mean?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commas, punctuation

What does this sentence mean? Happy birthday to Besse Cooper, the world's oldest person who turned 116 today. a. It's a birthday greeting for Besse Cooper. She is the oldest person in the world and she turned 116 today. b. It's a birthday greeting for Besse Cooper. She is the...


August 27, 2012  2:19 PM

The difference between “though” and “although”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Formal vs. informal writing, formal writing, the difference between, word meanings

Which is correct? A botnet is a group of computers organized to distribute spam or malware -- _________ the owners are typically unaware of the fact. a. though b. although c. even though


August 24, 2012  2:04 PM

Was that a worldwind or a whirlwind?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
auto (in)correct, commonly confused words, eggcorns, funny errors

Which is correct? Novell went on a three-week _______ tour promoting SUSE Linux Enterprise. a. whirlwind b. worldwind


August 23, 2012  12:07 PM

The irony of using quotation marks for emphasis



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common grammar errors, quotation marks, quotation marks and punctuation, when to set off words with quotation marks

Which would you use to advertise a sale? a. "Excellent" deals on new and used iPhones! b. Excellent deals on new and used iPhones! c. Excellent deals on new and used iPhones!


August 22, 2012  1:11 PM

The difference between colons and semicolons



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
advanced punctuation, colons, colons and semicolons, punctuation

Which is correct? The point of disaster recovery is the same for both large enterprises and _________ need to stay in business. a. SMBs: They b. SMBs; they


August 21, 2012  2:11 PM

Sneaked or snuck?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
AP style, CIO, grammar wars, non-standard grammar, verb tense, verbs

Which is correct? I'm cleaning up my Facebook account, unfriending people I don't know and the ones I wish I didn't know that have somehow ______ in. a. snuck b. sneaked


August 20, 2012  1:56 PM

The difference between irony and sarcasm



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, irony, sarcasm

Which is correct? Dear Mr. Gates: I'd like to offer my congratulations on the


August 17, 2012  7:15 PM

Another take on “try and” vs. “try to”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Formal vs. informal writing, Recommended grammar blogs

I love the Motivated Grammar blog. (Motto: Prescriptivism must die!)  If you're ever looking for a contrary opinion on a grammatical issue, and especially a well-argued and research-supported contrary opinion, blogger Gabe Doyle is your...


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