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August, 2012


August 16, 2012  6:31 PM

“Try and” vs. “try to”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common grammar errors, common writing errors, grammar, Rock and roll grammar test

Which is correct? When I ______ print from the Web, my laptop

August 15, 2012  5:35 PM

Diffuse and defuse — homophones or homonyms?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused words, commonly misspelled words, compound words, homonyms, homophones

Which is correct? Diffuse and defuse are often confused because they're ________: words that sound the same but mean different things. a. homophones b. homonyms


August 14, 2012  11:46 AM

Convince vs. persuade



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused words, commonly misused words, ESL, word meanings

Which is correct? It's typically difficult to _______ programmers to document their code, even though it makes it easier to work with in the future. a. convince b. persuade


August 13, 2012  5:39 PM

Me or I and the problem of overcorrection



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, incorrection, me/myself/I, overcorrection, personal pronouns

Which is correct? Would you like Joe and _______ to attend the Tweetup in New York next week? a. me b. myself c. I Continued...

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August 10, 2012  12:24 PM

Can you use “between” when you’re talking about more than two things?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
between or among, CIO, grammar, grammar myths

Which is correct? Instead of choosing _______ Dropbox, Google Drive and


August 9, 2012  12:57 PM

Blatant vs. flagrant



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused words, word meanings

Which is correct? The ad was a ________ attempt to spread FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) about the competitor's product. a. blatant b. flagrant


August 8, 2012  1:25 PM

What’s the difference between software, programs and applications?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, confusing words, tech writing, technology, word meanings

Which is correct? An operating system (OS) is the ________ that, after being initially loaded into the computer by a boot program,...


August 7, 2012  1:06 PM

Graciously accept or graciously decline? You may do either — but can you say you’re doing so?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused words, ESL, word meanings

Which is correct? I have already committed to two holiday parties on that evening, so I'm going to have to _________ decline your invitation. a. graciously b. gratefully


August 6, 2012  12:29 PM

Compound possessives



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
compound possessives, possessive pronouns

Which is correct? ______________ computers both really need to be defragged. a. Bill and my b. Bill's and my c. Mine and Bill's Continued »


August 3, 2012  8:32 PM

Is a network of doctors and hospitals a singular subject or a plural one?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
subject-verb agreement

Which is correct? An accountable care organization (ACO) is a network of doctors and hospitals that _____ responsibility for providing care to patients. a. share b. shares


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