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November 18, 2009  8:20 PM

What are your pet grammar peeves?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore

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

November 18, 2009  4:08 PM

“Preventive” or “preventative?”

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, grammar, preventive / preventative, Quiz

Which is correct?
The Red Flags Rule legislation was created as a __________ measure against identity theft.
a. preventative
b. preventive
Continued »

November 17, 2009  2:37 PM

“A NDR” or “an NDR?”

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
acronyms and initialisms, acronyms and prepositions, Business writing, CIO, grammar, Quiz

Which is correct?
Although some admins simply configure servers not to send out _______ (non-delivery report) when the recipient does not exist, that method can cause problems for some legitimate emails.
a. A NDR
b. An NDR
Continued »

November 16, 2009  3:13 PM

Criteria or criterion?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
agenda, agendum, Business writing, CIO, commonly misused words, criteria / criterion, grammar, pluralization, Quiz, spam

Which is correct?
One important ________ for security assurance is documentation of application security measures in development.
a. criterion
b. criteria
Continued »

November 13, 2009  4:10 PM

Is it “small businessmen” or “small-business men?”

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, enterprise document management, hyphenation, Quiz, small businesses, spelling

Which is correct?
The notice for the EDM seminar stressed its usefulness for _________________ as well as large enterprises.
a. small businessmen
b. small-business men
Continued »

November 12, 2009  2:09 PM

Semicolons and complex lists

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, complex lists, conjunctions, grammar, manufacturing, MRP systems, punctuation, Quiz, semicolons

Which is correct?
An MRP system should satisfy three objectives: ensuring that materials and products are available for production and delivery; maintaining the lowest possible level of ___________ planning manufacturing activities, delivery schedules and purchasing activities.
a. inventory and
b. inventory; and
Continued »

October 30, 2009  2:31 PM

Writing for Business – Data is or data are

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
subject-verb agreement

Supporting data for those risk indicators ______ going to be difficult to obtain.
a. is
b. are
Which is correct?

Continued »

October 26, 2009  10:29 PM

1990′s or 1990s?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
apostrophes, Business writing, CIO, dates, grammar, plurals, Quiz

Which is correct?
The bandwidth demands of the average Internet user have increased dramatically since the _____.
a. 1990s
b. 1990′s
Continued »

October 26, 2009  3:00 PM

Me, myself, I — which is correct?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, first person singular, grammar, me/myself/I, pronouns, Quiz

Which is correct?
I requested copies of the marketing report for other team members and ____.
a. me
b. myself
c. I

Continued »

October 23, 2009  8:04 PM

Between or among?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
between or among, Business writing, CIO, grammar, Quiz, word choice

Which is correct?
They set up five mesh devices to create a high-bandwidth network _______ themselves without the need for a central access point.
a. between
b. among

Continued »

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