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September 9, 2009  4:51 PM

Does a question mark go inside or outside of quotation marks?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
The system administrator’s question was “Will the cost savings of a multi-user environment make up for the difficulty of deploying ____
a. it?”
b. it”?

Answer: a

Explanation:
According to AP style, a question mark is inside quotation marks if that part is the question and outside the quotation marks if the whole sentence is a question. (The same rule applies to exclamation marks and dashes. Periods and commas always go inside quotation marks.)

Grammarbook.com has more information about quotation marks and punctuation.

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September 8, 2009  3:17 PM

Plural of request for proposal

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
typing Which is correct?
When you respond to _______________ from multiple companies, you should demonstrate a broad understanding of each organization’s culture.
a. request for proposals
b. requests for proposal

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September 3, 2009  2:47 PM

Colons vs. semicolons

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Which is correct?
The CEO cannot _____ he’s given so much slack that even his most dismal catastrophes are hailed as triumphs.
a. fail;
b. fail:

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September 2, 2009  8:22 PM

Expressing large sums of money

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Which is correct?
The ARRA stimulus package included ________ for healthcare IT.
a. $20 billion
b. $20 billion dollars

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August 31, 2009  1:21 PM

Begging the question or raising it?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
typing Which is correct?
Because cyberbullying occurs outside the school, the situation ______ the question of whether or not it falls into the school’s jurisdiction.
a. begs
b. raises

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August 28, 2009  6:12 PM

RT stands for “retweet”

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Retweet is a Twitter term that means to rebroadcast a message that someone else wrote (I say “someone else” but I have also seen people retweeting their own messages. Which always seems like cheating.) Retweeting is complimentary to the original tweeter and helps get them and their messages out to a wider audience.


August 28, 2009  4:13 PM

Less or fewer?

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typing Which is correct?
I use disposable email accounts because I’m trying to get ____ junk messages in my main accounts.
a. less
b. fewer

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August 27, 2009  1:12 PM

Perspective / prospective

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typing Which is correct?
Accurately portraying _________ is a challenging aspect of 3-D graphic art.
a. perspective
b. prospective

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August 26, 2009  4:13 PM

Colons and semicolons

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
typing Which is correct?
Every day, most people use one or more of these types of _______ estimation, educated guesses and common sense.
a. heuristics:
b. heuristics;

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August 25, 2009  1:37 PM

Bare in mind or bear in mind?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

________ in mind that using a larger label which will increase the cost of your barcode initiative.
a. bear
b. bare

Which is correct?

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