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June 27, 2012  3:42 PM

Seldom or seldomly?

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Which is correct?
I’ve ________ managed to move a hard disk from one computer to another with good results.
a. seldom
b. seldomly

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June 26, 2012  2:00 PM

Monies, moneys — or just plain old money?

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Which is correct?
The CFO reported gleefully that corporate ______ available at the end of the fourth quarter were so substantial that she had first thought it was an accounting error.
a. monies
b. moneys
c. money

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June 25, 2012  12:06 PM

Are you in the throws of despair over misspelled words?

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Which is correct?
The telecom industry is always in the _____ of transition and now is no exception, with IPv6 and cloud computing changing the landscape.
a. throws
b. throes

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June 22, 2012  2:46 PM

Pronoun quiz: This time it’s personal

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One grammar problem is almost universal: the personal pronoun. No matter what your literacy level, odds are you have the occasional glitch keeping me, myself, I — and all our friends — straight. This 10-question quiz addresses tricky issues in pronoun decisions. Good luck!

1. The CFO and ____ are very optimistic about the potential of Metro Ethernet.
a. me
b. myself
c. I
Which is correct?

2. The CEO announced that “the final decision on cloud implementation is up to the CFO and ____.”
a. me
b. myself
c. I
Which is correct?

3. If a new employee has only worked in a WYSIWYG interface before, _____ may be very confused by the content management application’s HTML window.
a. he
b. she
c. s/he
d. he or she (alternatively, she or he)
e. they
Which is correct?

4. Personality profiling, in theory at least, should ensure that ____ traits are a good fit for a position.
a. one’s
b. ones
Which is correct?

5. ____ 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
Which is correct?

6. I’ve saved the folder to Dropbox and will send the link to _________.
a. he and Charles
b. him and Charles
c. Charles and he
d. Charles and him
Which is correct?

7. I requested copies of the marketing report for other team members and ____.
a. me
b. myself
c. I
Which is correct?

8. Widget Company has announced that ________ testing a new scheduling and tracking software application from NDS.
a. it is
b. they are
Which is correct?

9. The number of security holes found during the penetration test left _________ shaken.
a. the CSO and me
b. the CSO and I
c. the CSO and myself
Which is correct?

10. If you have any more questions, just tweet Peggy or ________.
a. me
b. myself
c. I
Which is correct?

How did you do? Really, we’re curious! You can tweet me @tao_of_grammar, or site director Margaret (Peggy) Rouse @WhatIsDotCom.

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June 21, 2012  8:14 PM

Put your modifiers in their places!

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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.

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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)

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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?

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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

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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?

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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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