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April 1, 2010  2:46 PM

Had had, that that, is is — are doubled words okay?

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Which is correct?
Frustrated by shoddy products and bad service, she tweeted that she _____ enough and would never buy from that company again.
a. had had
b. had

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April 1, 2010  2:14 PM

Is it April Fools, April Fool’s or April Fools’ Day?

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Which is correct?
The Daily Telegraph reported that ferrets would be involved in delivering broadband to rural areas. Oh right — it’s ____________.
a. April Fools Day
b. April Fool’s Day
c. April Fools’ Day

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March 29, 2010  1:35 PM

“Awhile” or “a while?”

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Which is correct?
Ransomware hasn’t been in the news for _______ but it seems to be making a comeback.
a. a while
b. awhile

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March 26, 2010  2:30 PM

Passive vs. active voice

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Which is correct?
a. Fuzz testing was originally developed by Barton Miller at the University of Wisconsin in 1989.
b. Barton Miller originally developed fuzz testing at the University of Wisconsin in 1989.

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March 25, 2010  1:08 PM

Borne out or born out?

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Which is correct?
Claims of perpetual motion devices that would create clean, free energy have never been ______ out.
a. borne
b. born

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March 23, 2010  3:03 PM

Has lain or has laid?

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Which is correct?
The United States has ____ out plans to standardize domestic smart grid development.
a. lain
b. laid

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March 22, 2010  1:43 PM

Imply vs. infer

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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

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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

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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?

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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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