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March 22, 2010  1:43 PM

Imply vs. infer



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, grammar, imply/infer, Quiz, word meanings

Which is correct?
When the senator announced there would be no new business taxes, she ________ that there would be new taxes in other areas.
a. implied
b. inferred

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March 19, 2010  4:29 PM

Subject-verb agreement



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, Quiz, subject-verb agreement

Which is correct?
The concept of electronic health records ______ interoperability.
a. implies
b. imply

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March 18, 2010  2:38 PM

Principal vs. principle



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly misspelled words, grammar, principle or principal, Quiz, spelling, word meanings

Which is correct?
The _________ reason to buy PictBridge-compliant devices is convenience.
a. principal
b. principle

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March 15, 2010  2:58 PM

How do you spell out .com?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
AP style, Business writing, CIO, dot.com or dot-com, grammar, Quiz, spelling

Which is correct?
Both the _______ domain and Site Director Margaret Rouse celebrate their birthday March 15.
a. dotcom
b. dot.com
c. dot-com
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March 12, 2010  3:54 PM

Coopted or co-opted?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
AP style, Business writing, CIO, coopt or co-opt, grammar, hyphenation, Quiz

Which is correct?
If you believe your computer has been __________ into a botnet, call your system administrator.
a. co-opted
b. coopted
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March 11, 2010  2:19 PM

Forecast or forecasted?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
AP style, Business writing, CIO, forecast or forecasted, grammar, irregular verbs, Quiz

Which is correct?
The global pharmaceutical market is ________ to exceed $975 billion by 2013.
a. forecast
b. forecasted
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March 10, 2010  1:42 PM

Beck and call or beckon call?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
beacon call, beck and call, beckon call, beckoned call, Business writing, CIO, commonly misspelled words, commonly misunderstood phrases, eggcorn, grammar, meanings, Quiz

Which is correct?
Top Security Specialists offers the best in personal service and puts our R&D at your ___________.
a. beck and call
b. beckon call
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March 9, 2010  1:30 PM

Nor and the double negative



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, double negatives, grammar, neither / nor, nor, Quiz, tricky grammar questions

Which is correct?
We didn’t manage to meet our first energy conservation target date — ____ even the second one.
a. nor
b. or
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March 8, 2010  2:29 PM

Working with dependent clauses and references



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, dependent clauses, grammar, meaning, Quiz, references

Which is correct?
A business rules engine allows users to specify logic to a computer, ________________________
a. which will then be executed.
b. which will then execute it.
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March 5, 2010  1:50 PM

Minuscule or miniscule?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, minuscule vs. miniscule, Quiz, spelling

Which is correct?
According to PCWorld, __________ transistors will some day power portable supercomputers.
a. miniscule
b. minuscule
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