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August 16, 2012  6:31 PM

“Try and” vs. “try to”

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Which is correct?
When I ______ print from the Web, my laptop reboots.
a. try and
b. try to
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August 15, 2012  5:35 PM

Diffuse and defuse — homophones or homonyms?

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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
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August 14, 2012  11:46 AM

Convince vs. persuade

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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
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August 13, 2012  5:39 PM

Me or I and the problem of overcorrection

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

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August 10, 2012  12:24 PM

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

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Which is correct?
Instead of choosing _______ Dropbox, Google Drive and iCloud, people often use more than one cloud storage service.
a. between
b. among

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August 9, 2012  12:57 PM

Blatant vs. flagrant

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Which is correct?
The ad was a ________ attempt to spread FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) about the competitor’s product.
a. blatant
b. flagrant
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August 8, 2012  1:25 PM

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

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Which is correct?
An operating system (OS) is the ________ that, after being initially loaded into the computer by a boot program, manages all the other programs in a computer.
a. program
b. software
c. application

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August 7, 2012  1:06 PM

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

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Which is correct?
I have only, so far, committed to two holiday parties on that evening, so I _________ accept your invitation.
a. graciously
b. gratefully

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August 6, 2012  12:29 PM

Compound possessives

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

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August 3, 2012  8:32 PM

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

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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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