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December 4, 2009  4:11 PM

“Where” vs. “in which”

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typing Which is correct?
The risk assessment guidelines for school buses addressed traffic conditions _______ small and large vehicles interact at a range of speeds.
a. where
b. in which

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December 2, 2009  9:06 PM

Less or fewer than 40 percent?

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Which is correct?
If ____ than 40 percent of the households in your area have broadband service, you’re in an underserved area.
a. less
b. fewer
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December 2, 2009  3:11 PM

Faster or fastest?

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Which is correct?
The _______ of the two drives was causing shoe-shining.
a. faster
b. fastest
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December 1, 2009  5:22 PM

Principle or principal?

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Which is correct?

The seminar covered an introduction to the _________ wireless protocols.
a. principal
b. principle

Answer:  a
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November 30, 2009  6:05 PM

Backup vs. back up

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Which is correct?
If you don’t _______ your data effectively, you risk losing it.
a. backup
b. back up

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November 25, 2009  1:57 PM

Till or ’til?

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Which is correct?
Because time is limited, please hold your questions ____ after the robot demonstration.
a. till
b. ’til

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November 23, 2009  2:16 PM

“Compared with” vs. “compared to” — is there a difference?

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Which is correct?
When compared ____ the high-performance computers of twenty years ago, current PCs seem like supercomputers.
a. with
b. to
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November 20, 2009  1:14 PM

Writing dates correctly

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Which is correct?
Alexander Popov first demonstrated the use of an antenna to transmit and receive radio waves in ____________.
a. March 1896
b. March, 1896
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November 19, 2009  12:32 PM

Subject – verb agreement (Part II)

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Which is correct?
The increasing proliferation of Internet-connected devices _____ that more people are choosing wireless technology for home networks.
a. means
b. mean
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November 18, 2009  8:20 PM

What are your pet grammar peeves?

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We’re moving toward the end of the year and soon we’ll see all sorts of Top 10 lists.

Last year, Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty posted her top five pet peeves for 2008:

Before we get into the final list, I have one honorable mention for Joshua Heimann whose complaint didn’t make the list but did make me laugh. He complained about people making up words like “conversate” and “pronunciate” and noted that it needed to terminate, not stopitate.

Read on for the list


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