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October 2, 2009  2:02 PM

Commas to set off occupations?

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Which is correct?
Bookmarklets are just one of the Web-related interests of ____________ Steve Kangas.
a. the mathematician,
b. the mathematician
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October 1, 2009  2:19 PM

Come down the pipe or the pike?

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Which is correct?
According to some experts, RATs are the most dangerous creatures to _________________
a. come down the pipe.
b. come down the pike.
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September 30, 2009  4:41 PM

When should you use commas with “such as” and “including”?

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Which is correct?
We have received expressions of concern about wiretap Trojans from various _________ the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the Privacy Coalition.
a. groups, including
b. groups including
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September 29, 2009  5:23 PM

Collective nouns and subject – verb agreement

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Which is correct?
As the prevalence of VoIP increases, so ____ the number of attempts to exploit it.
a. do
b. does
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September 28, 2009  2:41 PM

Take a different tact — or tack?

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Which is correct?
When we learned that our relaxed approach to VoIP security made us more vulnerable to corporate espionage, we decided it was time to take a different ____.
a. tack
b. tact
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September 25, 2009  12:59 PM

Do plural dates take an apostrophe?

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Which is correct?
The IEEE was formed in the _____ when the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) and the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) combined.
a. 1960′s
b. 1960s
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September 24, 2009  11:17 AM

Pricing — is it competitive, aggressive or predatory?

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Which is correct?
We will be pricing the system ________ to get a jump on the market.
a. competitively
b. aggressively
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September 23, 2009  12:47 PM

“Composed of” or “comprised of”?

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Which is correct?
An ODS may be ___________ various types of data that must connect to different components of an information system.
a. composed of
b. comprised of
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September 22, 2009  1:30 PM

If a deadline’s moved forward is it earlier or later?

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Which is correct?
The compliance deadline has been moved forward, so all reporting is due two months _____ than the original date.
a. later
b. earlier
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September 21, 2009  2:42 PM

Titles and capitalization

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Which is correct?
According to James Campbell, _______________, deploying an SIM system probably means you’ll also need to hire someone to manage it.
a. Vice President of Security
b. vice president of security
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