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November, 2012


November 30, 2012  3:30 PM

threshold or threshhold?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly misspelled words, ESL, word meanings

  Which is correct? The Scottish tradition of first-footing involves being the first person to step across a friend or neighbor's _______ after midnight on January 1. a. threshold b. threshhold

November 29, 2012  9:01 PM

no doubt vs. no question



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly misunderstood phrases, commonly misunderstood terms, commonly misused phrases, U.S. vs. U.K.

Which is correct? The judge said that he was sentencing the defendant to three years in prison because there was __________ that he was guilty. a. no doubt b. no question


November 27, 2012  2:43 PM

Do you wish you hadn’t done that — or that you wouldn’t have done it?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common grammar errors, ESL, non-standard grammar, verb tense, verb tenses

Which is correct? Mark Zuckerberg said he wished they _______ decided to work only with HTML5 instead of native apps for Facebook mobile development. a. hadn't b. wouldn't have


November 22, 2012  3:44 PM

Spelling holiday terms: What’s that ubiquitous red plant?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common misspellings, commonly misspelled words, Google poll

  Which is correct? How do you spell the name of that red plant you see everywhere during the holiday season? a. pointsetta b. poinsetta c. poinsettia d. pointsettia


November 21, 2012  2:14 PM

Fine distinctions: “few” vs. “a few”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common sentence errors, common writing errors, ESL, word choice

  Which is correct? Because online security is still far from perfect, there are _____ things to consider before launching into Cyber Monday shopping. a. few b. a few


November 20, 2012  1:30 PM

Workout vs. work out



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, compound words, one word or two

  Which is correct? I never take my iPhone to the gym when I go to _________ because things often go missing from the lockers. a. work out b. workout


November 19, 2012  3:09 PM

Oneself or one’s self?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
busines writing, CIO, Twitter, word meanings

  Which is correct? Twitter tip: Don't call yourself by name in your profile bio, use "I" or "me" instead. Speaking about _________ in the third person sounds pretentious and psychologically unstable. a. one's self b. oneself


November 14, 2012  11:22 PM

Not that big a deal / not that big of a deal



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common grammar errors, common writing errors

Which is correct? People who think mobile security is ______________ could be in for a rude awakening. a. not that big a deal b. not that big of a deal


November 11, 2012  7:22 PM

Whoa or woah?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common misspellings, word meanings

Which is correct? _____ Over 25 percent of the time, this word is misspelled online. a. Whoa! b. Woah!


November 9, 2012  1:17 PM

Hawk or hock?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly confused words, commonly misspelled words, homophones

Which is correct? An increasing number of lawyers are ________ compliance products. a. hocking b. hawking


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