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April 26, 2010  2:57 PM

Allude or refer?

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Which is correct?
The Managing Director _______ to a study claiming an 81% error reduction rate for computerized systems.
a. referred
b. alluded

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April 21, 2010  3:45 PM

Is that on everyone’s mind or on everyone’s minds?

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Which is correct?
The question on everyone’s _____ is how to improve customer experience and cut costs at the same time.
a. minds
b. mind

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April 19, 2010  1:10 PM

How likely? Quite.

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Which is correct?
Most users will _______ want to use a graphical front end to YUM.
a. likely
b. probably

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April 15, 2010  5:04 PM

Between or among

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Which is correct?
There are three FDCC seminars this week; you can choose ______ Wednesday afternoon, Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.
a. among
b. between

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April 15, 2010  1:34 PM

Fair well or fare well?

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Which is correct?
NASA’s concern was that the organization’s communications would not ____ very well if restricted to only two TICs.
a. fare
b. fair

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April 13, 2010  12:36 PM

That vs. which (Part II)

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Which is correct?
EINSTEIN is the product of government projects ______ were undertaken to improve U.S. government services on the Internet.
a. which
b. that
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April 12, 2010  1:41 PM

Is that a FAQ list or an FAQ list?

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Which is correct?
The MultiSpeak website provides ______ list explaining more about the initiative.
a. a FAQ
b. an FAQ

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April 8, 2010  10:41 PM

Valuable or invaluable?

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Which is correct?
According to some critics, the sharing of health data among organizations will provide ___________ source of information for insurance providers seeking to deny claims.
a. a valuable
b. an invaluable

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April 8, 2010  5:35 PM

Utmost or upmost?

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Which is correct?
The security of clients’ personal information is of _______ importance.
a. upmost
b. utmost

Answer: b

Explanation:
I learn so much writing this blog! I’d seen “upmost” online before but never suspected it was a real word until I looked into the matter today.

Utmost is an adjective meaning to the greatest degree. Nothing could be more important.

Upmost is an archaic variation of uppermost, an adjective meaning in the top position, like the top branches of a tree.

I suspect that 99% or so of instances of upmost should be utmost. I think I’ll have a poke around online, when I get a chance, to see what I can find out. In the meantime, though…

Tina Blue writes about distinguishing upmost from utmost:

The word “upmost” is actually a form of “uppermost,” and it does not fit into the same sort of sentence that calls for “utmost.” In fact, you will seldom find it at all in modern American usage, though I do not know whether that form is still common in British English.

“Uppermost” means in the highest or most prominent position, power or rank,

EXAMPLES:

~Uppermost in his mind were the risks of doing business with such a crook.

~The sweetest fruit was found in the uppermost branches.

In other words, be careful not to use “upmost” (position) when you mean “utmost” (degree), and if you should decide that “upmost” is the word you actually need, you should probably consider substituting the more commonly used “uppermost.”

> Read the whole post.

Thanks to @code_and_prose for the suggestion!

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April 7, 2010  10:34 AM

Omitting “that”

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Which is correct?
Linus Torvalds _______ choosing to be an open source software engineer is a calling, rather than a career choice.
a. said that
b. said

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