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November 13, 2009  4:10 PM

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

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

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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November 12, 2009  2:09 PM

Semicolons and complex lists

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

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
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October 30, 2009  2:31 PM

Writing for Business – Data is or data are

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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

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October 26, 2009  10:29 PM

1990’s or 1990s?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
The bandwidth demands of the average Internet user have increased dramatically since the _____.
a. 1990s
b. 1990’s
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October 26, 2009  3:00 PM

Me, myself, I — which is correct?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

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

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October 23, 2009  8:04 PM

Between or among?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

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

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October 23, 2009  3:56 PM

Open source — hyphenate or not?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
Open source describes any software whose source code is in the public domain or that is copyrighted and distributed under an ______________.
a. open source license
b. open-source license

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October 23, 2009  12:11 PM

Please RSVP?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
We’re planning a festive meal and special surprises for employees and their guests, so _______.
a. RSVP
b. please RSVP

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October 22, 2009  2:48 PM

“It’s” or “its” — which is correct?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
Maintaining an appropriate ambient temperature for hardware is essential to ____ performance and longevity.
a. it’s
b. its

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October 21, 2009  4:10 PM

Hyphenation — low cost or low-cost?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
Cluster computing can also be used as a relatively______ form of parallel processing.
a. low cost
b. low-cost

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