Writing for Business


March 3, 2010  2:30 PM

Backward-compatible or backwards compatible?

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Which is correct?
The new high-bandwidth cabling system was designed to be ____________ with existing technology.
a. backward-compatible
b. backwards-compatible
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March 1, 2010  6:00 PM

Run the gauntlet or the gamut?

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Which is correct?
Household applications that could be powered by fuel cells run the ______ from lamps to slow cookers.
a. gamut
b. gauntlet
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February 24, 2010  4:07 PM

jive, jibe or gibe?

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Which is correct?
Business intelligence systems can only work if data _____ throughout the enterprise’s systems.
a. jives
b. jibes
c. gibes
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February 23, 2010  2:08 PM

Expeditious or expedient?

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Which is correct?
The colocation service provider promised to deal with all issues _____________.
a. expeditiously
b. expediently
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February 18, 2010  1:02 PM

Are you empathic or empathetic?

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Which is correct?
Bad customer service news spreads like wildfire on Twitter. The wise company deals with customer complaints in an __________ manner.
a. empathic
b. empathetic
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February 17, 2010  3:19 PM

Free rein or free reign?

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Which is correct?
The advance warning of restrictions gave credit card companies __________ to find new ways to gouge consumers.
a. free rein
b. free reign
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February 16, 2010  3:17 PM

Is majority plural or singular?

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Which is correct?
A majority of CIOs ___ either using or considering SaaS products.
a. is
b. are
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February 12, 2010  2:55 PM

The first Valentine

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“For this was on Seynt Valentynes day,
Whan every foul cometh theere to chese his make…”

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February 12, 2010  1:22 PM

Effect vs. affect; amorous cats

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Which is correct?
A manager’s level of emotional intelligence _______ the entire office.
a. effects
b. affects
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February 9, 2010  1:34 PM

Accomodate or accommodate?

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Which is correct?
According to Mike Cohn, Agile planning ___________ change by recognizing that it will occur.
a. accommodates
b. accomodates
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