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June 24, 2009  6:21 PM

Use numerals for fractions or spell out?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, fractions, numbers, numerals, Quiz
typing Which is correct?
According to IDG Research Services, only _____ of IT managers say they have good visibility into new application development spending.
a. one-third
b. 1/3

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June 24, 2009  5:47 PM

When to use quotation marks



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, quotation marks
typing Which is correct?
The focus group for the new product thought the marketing approach was ___________.
a. “old-fashioned”
b. old-fashioned

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June 24, 2009  1:06 PM

State names — abbreviate or not?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
abbreviations, AP style, CIO, Quiz, state names, writing for business
typing Which is correct?
HP’s corporate headquarters are in Palo Alto, ______.
a. CA
b. California

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June 23, 2009  2:10 PM

Clarity of reference



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, clarity of reference, Quiz, references
typing Which is correct?
Insourcing offers some advantages over outsourcing for SMBs but _________ may not be fully explored.
a. those advantages
b. they

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June 22, 2009  2:29 PM

Which is correct — pique or peak or peek?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Add new tag, Business writing, CIO, commonly misused expressions, commonly misused words, peak pique or peek, Quiz, spelling
typing Which is correct?
The proliferation of smartphones has _____ interest in voice-to-text applications.
a. peaked
b. piqued
c. peeked

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June 19, 2009  3:02 PM

Writing for Business – Indefinite pronouns



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
CIO, indefinite pronoun

Which is correct?

Neither of the changes he proposed for eliminating discretionary spending ______ any sense.
a. make
b. makes

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June 12, 2009  3:57 PM

Which is correct — guage or gauge?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly misspelled words, gauge or guage, Quiz
typing Which is correct?
A beta release allows developers to _____ the quality of a product before general release.
a. gauge
b. guage

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June 10, 2009  9:09 PM

Which is correct — ones or one’s?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
apostrophes, Business writing, CIO, one's or ones, personal pronouns, personal pronouns and possession, Quiz
typing Which is correct?
Personality profiling, in theory at least, should ensure that ____ traits are a good fit for a position.
a. one’s
b. ones

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June 9, 2009  10:09 PM

The Oxford Comma (AKA the serial comma)



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commas, Oxford comma, punctuation, Quiz, serial comma
typing Which is correct?
Ethical hacking is also known as penetration testing, intrusion _________________.
a. testing, and red teaming
b. testing and red teaming

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June 9, 2009  10:16 AM

Which is correct — less or fewer?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, less or fewer, numbers, Quiz
typing Which is correct?
According to Lockheed’s rules, the ____ people involved in a skunkworks project, the better.
a. less
b. fewer

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