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June 21, 2012  8:14 PM

Put your modifiers in their places!



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
grammar, misplaced modifiers, modifier mistakes, sentence structure

What’s wrong with the following sentence?
The enterprise application store is a variation on consumer-oriented app stores for mobile operating systems, such as the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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June 20, 2012  11:19 AM

Laptop or labtop? I’m not even kidding.



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly misspelled words

Which is correct?
I’m afraid my _______ has a virus because it’s been slow to respond ever since I opened that attachment.
a. laptop
b. labtop

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June 19, 2012  2:00 PM

That vs. which (Part III)



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
grammar, Quiz, restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses, that or which


Which is correct?

The most common method of wiping a hard drive is using a hard drive eraser ___________ overwrites data to render it unreadable.
a. product, which
b. product, that
c. product that

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June 18, 2012  9:37 AM

A piece or apiece?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused terms, ESL, grammar, one word or two, word meanings


Which is correct?

The iPhone cases that are retailing for $45 were manufactured for $1 ______.
a. a piece
b. apiece

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June 14, 2012  7:35 PM

Confusing jargon: Throw it over the wall



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
business jargon, jargon glossary, meanings of common expressions

Can you translate this business jargon?
The CEO sent a message to the project manager: “When you get all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed, go ahead and throw that over the wall.”

What did she mean?

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June 14, 2012  12:51 PM

Do you capitalize “the” in publication names?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
AP style, capitalization, Chicago Manual of Style, publication names and capitalization, the and capitalization

Which is correct?

In ________________, David Segal wrote that his previous column had made readers scrutinize their cell phone bills — and that many found fraudulent charges: They’d been crammed.

a. The New York Times
b. the New York Times

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June 13, 2012  10:17 AM

What’s the difference between a product and a solution?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
buzzwords, jargon, word meanings

Which is correct?

Our anti-virus ____ is available as a separate download.

a. product
b. solution

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June 12, 2012  2:25 PM

Good-bye, good-by, goodbye, goodby?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
AP style, hello/goodbye, hyphenation

Which is correct?
According to some lexicographers, we may soon be saying ______ to the word hello because so much communication these days is through social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, where greetings tend to be less formal.
a. good-bye
b. good-by
c. goodbye
d. goodby

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June 11, 2012  3:16 PM

arrant vs. errant



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

Which is correct?
Kill switch apps installed on employees’ smartphones can allow business owners to disable any ________ devices when they are lost or stolen.
a. arrant
b. errant

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June 8, 2012  11:59 AM

Who vs. whom — for when you can’t avoid it



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
formal writing, incorrection, pronouns, whom

Which is correct?
____ can you trust? Social engineering tactics are so sneaky and phishing attempts are so sophisticated that you’re afraid to click a link in an email from your boss or your bank.
a. Who
b. Whom

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