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March 6, 2009  4:07 PM

Comma before “Inc.” or not?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commas, Inc., punctuation, Quiz
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



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
idiomatic expressions

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



Posted by: 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



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
plural/singular, pronouns

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



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
apostrophes, Business writing, CIO, plurals and possessives, possession, Quiz, two month's or two months'
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?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, flack or flak, Quiz
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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March 3, 2009  7:32 PM

Prepositions — off or off of?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, double prepositions, grammar, off or off of, prepositions, Quiz
typing Which is correct?
It can take as long as a year before a product moves ______ the factory floor.
a. off of
b. off

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March 2, 2009  5:43 PM

Expressing numbers and percentages



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, numbers, numbers at first of sentence, percentages, ranges
typing Which is correct?
____________ of CCTV cameras in the U.K. are in public locations.
a. Ninety to 95 percent
b. Ninety to ninety-five percent

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February 20, 2009  5:01 PM

Which is correct — flush out or flesh out?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, flush out or flesh out, Quiz
typing Which is correct?
The manager clapped me on the back and said, “Let’s get that contract signed and we can _____ out the details later.”
a. flesh
b. flush

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February 18, 2009  5:43 PM

Sums under a dollar — spell out?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, money, numbers, numerals, Quiz, sums
typing Which is correct?
The stock fell ______ to $45.50 in New York Stock Exchange composite trading.
a. $0.75
b. 75 cents

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