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June 7, 2010  3:07 PM

Substantial vs. substantive

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Which is correct?
Information extraction is a process intended to pull meaningful data from noisy text without making _________ changes in the author`s intended meaning.
a. substantial
b. substantive

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June 2, 2010  7:37 PM

Can you give more than 100 percent?

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Which is correct?
The director thanked all participants for giving ______ .
a. 100 percent
b. 110 percent

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May 26, 2010  4:30 PM

What century is this?

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Which is correct?
Modern financial bookkeeping practices date back to the ___ century, possibly about 1250.
a. 11th
b. 12th
c. 13th

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May 25, 2010  1:12 PM

Would you care to commentate — or will commenting do?

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Which is correct?
Walter Mossberg _________ that some rugged laptops have screens that are viewable in bright light.
a. commented
b. commentated

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May 24, 2010  2:01 PM

Spell out percentages under 10 or express as numerals?

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Which is correct?
The federal government established a goal of contracting with women-owned small businesses for ________ of the total.
a. five percent
b. 5 percent
c. 5%

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May 20, 2010  9:41 PM

Whet your appetite or wet your appetite?

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Which is correct?
Some proponents hope that Peppermint will ____ the mainstream appetite for cloud computing.
a. whet
b. wet

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May 20, 2010  4:11 PM

Is that data historic or historical?

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Which is correct?
The majority of stakeholders want access to not only current information but also ________ data.
a. historical
b. historic

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May 19, 2010  12:42 PM

Was he electrocuted or merely shocked?

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Which is correct?
The plaintiff maintained that his disability was a result of being ___________ by a faulty device when he was in the hospital.
a. electrocuted
b. shocked

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May 17, 2010  9:41 PM

Per say what?

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Which is correct?
A serious reportable event is not evidence of negligence ______.
a. per say
b. perse
c. per se

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May 14, 2010  2:22 PM

Between you and I or between you and me?

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Which is correct?
Between you and ___ claims of openness seem to suggest that there’s something to hide.
a. I,
b. me,

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