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March 18, 2009  1:35 PM

Born out or borne out?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
typing Which is correct?
Years ago, futurists predicted that by the 21st century we would all be piloting flying cars. Those predictions have not been _________ so far.
a. born out
b. borne out

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March 17, 2009  12:24 PM

A fraction is or a fraction are?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
typing Which is correct?
Of the hundreds of green initiatives proposed, only a _________ ever implemented.
a. fraction is
b. fraction are

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March 16, 2009  7:44 PM

Express permission or expressed permission?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
typing Which is correct?
Omnia’s marketing survey states that the company will not share your information without your __________ permission.
a. express
b. expressed

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March 16, 2009  12:50 PM

Which is correct — founder or flounder?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
typing Which is correct?
All 550 employees found jobs with a competitor when the company ___________ and left them out of work.
a. floundered
b. foundered

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March 6, 2009  4:07 PM

Comma before “Inc.” or not?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
typing Which is correct?
___________ is an online retailer.
a. Amazon.com Inc.
b. Amazon.com, Inc.

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March 5, 2009  1:54 PM

Common Grammar Mistakes – idomatic expressions

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Which is correct?

They not only offer clients accurate data insights, they allow them to _________ if the campaign isn’t working.
a. change tack
b. change tact

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March 5, 2009  1:35 PM

Common Grammar Mistakes – idiomatic expressions

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Which is correct?

We have been directed to _________ on cost-cutting initiatives.
a. home in
b. hone in

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March 5, 2009  1:06 PM

Common Grammar Mistakes – Pronouns

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Which is correct?

Microsoft has announced that ________ testing a new search engine called Kumo.
a. it is
b. they are

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March 4, 2009  10:11 PM

Plurals and possessives

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
typing Which is correct?
According to your contract, you’re required to give _________ notice.
a. two weeks
b. two week’s
c. two weeks’

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March 4, 2009  5:24 PM

Which is correct — flack or flak?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
typing Which is correct?
The CEO knew she was likely to get some ______ over her substantial bonus.
a. flak
b. flack

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