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February 5, 2010  1:49 PM

substantial vs. substantive



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, grammar, ICANN, Quiz, RIR, substantive vs. substantial

Which is correct?
They felt the report was unclear and requested a new plan defining __________ changes rather than broad, ill-defined goals.
a. substantial
b. substantive

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February 4, 2010  4:07 PM

Continuous delivery or continual?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Add new tag, Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, continual or continuous, grammar, medical telemetry, wireless, word choice

Which is correct?
Intravenous systems enable _________ delivery of medication, which is often more beneficial to the patient than the intermittent delivery of oral medications.
a. continuous
b. continual
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February 1, 2010  6:43 PM

Quicker or more quickly?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
adverbs and adjectives, Business writing, CIO, grammar, quicker or more quickly, Quiz

Which is correct?
Cloud computing can help small businesses launch ________ because they don’t have to purchase and set up hardware.
a. quicker
b. more quickly
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January 28, 2010  4:11 PM

Intensive purposes or intents and purposes?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly misused expressions, commonly misused phrases, for all intensive purposes, for all intents and purposes, grammar, idioms, idiotisms, Quiz

Which is correct?
Although a distinction is sometimes made, _________________ “non-profit” and “not-for-profit” both refer the same type of business model.
a. for all intensive purposes
b. for all intents and purposes

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January 27, 2010  3:12 PM

To hyphenate or not to hyphenate



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, hyphenation, projects, Quiz, scrum

Which is correct?
A ________ Scrum should almost automatically eliminate people who don’t deliver.
a. well designed
b. well-designed

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January 26, 2010  2:26 PM

Passive voice vs. active voice



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
active voice or passive voice, Business writing, CIO, grammar, Quiz, sentence structure, writing

Which sentence is better?
a. The developers adopted a scrum model to speed up the process.
b. A scrum model was adopted to speed up the development process.

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January 25, 2010  3:39 PM

Personal affects or personal effects?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, effect vs. affect, grammar, personal effects or personal affects, Quiz, word meaning

Which is correct?
Among the items you should never leave on your desk are _____________ with sensitive information, such as credit card statements.
a. personal affects
b. personal effects

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January 21, 2010  4:05 PM

How do you pronounce ‘SQL?’



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
acronyms, Business writing, CIO, grammar, how to pronounce SQL, Quiz, SQL, SQL injection, website security

Which is correct?
___ SQL injection attack takes advantage of poor website coding practices.
a. A
b. An

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January 20, 2010  5:30 PM

Wherever or where ever?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, one word or two, Quiz, spelling, virtual servers, wherever or where ever

Which is correct?
_________ a virtual server runs, its storage volumes should be accessible.
a. Wherever
b. Where ever

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January 18, 2010  6:55 PM

Founder or flounder? (Neither is good but one is worse than the other.)



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, founder or flounder, grammar, Quiz, word meanings

Which is correct?
Apple ________ for some time after Jobs left.
a. foundered
b. floundered

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