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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


November 18, 2009  4:08 PM

“Preventive” or “preventative?”

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Which is correct?
The Red Flags Rule legislation was created as a __________ measure against identity theft.
a. preventative
b. preventive
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November 17, 2009  2:37 PM

“A NDR” or “an NDR?”

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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
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November 16, 2009  3:13 PM

Criteria or criterion?

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Which is correct?
One important ________ for security assurance is documentation of application security measures in development.
a. criterion
b. criteria
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November 13, 2009  4:10 PM

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

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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
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