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June 13, 2012  10:17 AM

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

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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?

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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

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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

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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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June 7, 2012  10:18 AM

How overcorrection leads to pronoun problems

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Which is correct?

“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

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June 6, 2012  12:12 PM

Personal pronouns

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Which is correct?

“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

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June 5, 2012  12:19 PM

Prefer something to or than something else?

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Which is correct?
I prefer native apps ___ Web apps because they’re customized for my smartphone.
a. than
b. to

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June 4, 2012  1:27 PM

How unique?

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What’s wrong with the following sentence?
Cloud computing poses some very unique security challenges.”

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June 1, 2012  5:30 PM

Can you tell what this sentence means?

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What does the following sentence mean?
The CFO likes spreadsheets more than most people.

a. The CFO likes spreadsheets more than most people like spreadsheets.
b. The CFO likes spreadsheets more than she likes most people.

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May 31, 2012  1:54 PM

Demographics – plural or singular?

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Which is correct?
According to some critics, the sharing of health information among organizations will provide demographics from various populations as _________ of information for insurance providers seeking to deny claims.
a. a source
b. sources

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