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May 8, 2012  2:02 PM

Don’t leave your modifiers hanging

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

What’s wrong with this sentence?

“As a prominent cloud storage provider, security is crucial.”

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May 7, 2012  7:21 PM

When to use a comma after an introductory phrase

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Which is correct?

a. Instead of trying to control what devices access the network, today’s IT administrator should focus on managing risk.

b.¬†¬†Instead of trying to control what devices access the network today’s IT administrator should focus on managing risk.

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March 21, 2012  1:43 PM

Low and behold? Lo and behold?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
typing Which is correct?
Rim cut the BlackBerry Playbook tablet price by 60%, upgraded the OS — and ____________, it outsold Apple’s iPad 2.
a. lo
b. low

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October 19, 2011  6:02 PM

Blame spellcheck

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

There’s a breakthrough in the definitely vs. defiantly spelling problem: Word corrects “definately” as “definitely” but changes “definatly” to “defiantly.” Oh dear. People intend to say “definitely,” Word makes it “defiantly” and they carefully learn this “correct” spelling, not realizing it’s a completely different word.


October 19, 2011  4:44 PM

Defiantly or definitely? Definately?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
typing Which is correct?
“Thanks to all who ensured that the cloud migration went smoothly. There will _______ be a little something extra in your pay envelopes this week,” the manager announced.
a. definitely
b. defiantly
c. definately

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August 23, 2011  4:27 PM

Just breath — or should that be “just breathe”?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
typing Which is correct?
The CEO thought he could ______ easily once the antivirus software was updated but unfortunately he wasn’t protected against¬† social engineering tactics.
a. breath
b. breathe

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June 21, 2011  12:52 PM

Nip it in the butt or in the bud?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?

At the C-level management meeting, the CEO said that he knew there was a rumor starting to circulate about positions being outsourced offshore and he wanted to nip it in the ____.
a. butt
b. bud

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May 4, 2011  8:37 PM

Express / expressed

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
typing Which is correct?
The copyright declaration stipulated that no part of the website was to be copied without __________ written permission.
a. express
b. expressed

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March 14, 2011  6:59 PM

Is the Singularity a hypothetical event — or a theoretical one?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
The Singularity is a __________ future point when technology will have advanced beyond our ability to foresee or control its outcomes and the world transformed beyond recognition by the application of superintelligence to humans and/or human problems.
a. theoretical
b. hypothetical
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February 15, 2011  5:58 PM

Watson on Jeopardy! is a historic event — or is it historical?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
I’m watching Watson, an IBM supercomputer, face off against top-ranked human players on Jeopardy! This is a ________ event.
a. historic
b. historical

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