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September 20, 2012  6:29 PM

Grammar Glossary

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Which is correct?
The phrase “fear, uncertainty and doubt” is an example of:

a. an apposition 
b. an epenthetic 
c. a tricolon

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September 18, 2012  6:14 PM

Writing numbers and numerals: One exception to the rules

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Which is correct?
According to Google, ____________ viewers prefer the TrueView skippable ad format to other in-stream video ads.
a. eight out of 10
b. eight out of ten
c. 8 out of 10
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September 17, 2012  1:09 PM

Do respect vs. due respect

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Which is correct?
With all ________ to large vendors, startups and small businesses are more likely to innovate.
a. do respect
b. due respect
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September 13, 2012  1:55 PM

Eek out vs. eke out

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Which is correct?
Data center managers try to maximize energy efficiency to ______ more life from older facilities.
a. eek out
b. eke out
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September 12, 2012  1:57 PM

Wind turban or wind turbine

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Which is correct?
The manufacturer’s commitment to clean technology is demonstrated through its on-site ___________, waste heat and rainwater collection, recycling and energy-efficient buildings.
a. wind turbans
b. wind turbines
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September 10, 2012  2:05 PM

“augurs well” vs. “all goes well”

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Which is correct?
The percentages of salary raises in the industry __________ for IT employment prospects.
a. augurs well
b. all goes well
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August 31, 2012  1:22 PM

The difference between “dependent” and “dependant”

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Which is correct?
The ________ variable is what is being measured in an experiment.

a. dependent
b. dependant

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August 29, 2012  12:27 PM

Sometimes the best edit is a rewrite

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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?

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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 oldest person in the world and she is the eldest of some unspecified number of people who all turned 116 today.

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August 27, 2012  2:19 PM

The difference between “though” and “although”

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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
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