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February 16, 2009  7:53 PM

Articles, acronyms and initialisms — use “a” or “an”?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
a or an, articles, Business writing, CIO, grammar, initialisms, Quiz
typing Which is correct?
___ USB drive offers a lot of advantages over older portable storage devices.
a. a
b. an

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February 13, 2009  5:46 PM

Which is correct — continual or continuous?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, continual or continuous, Quiz
typing Which is correct?
You can expect your direct supervisor to monitor your progress ___________.
a. continuously
b. continually

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February 3, 2009  4:22 PM

Grammar mistakes – between or among



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
between or among, CIO

I split the amount of time and effort I spend on social marketing  _______ Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
a. between
b. among

Which is correct?

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January 30, 2009  3:28 PM

Writing for Business – apostrophes in academic degrees?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
academic degrees, apostrophes, Business writing, CIO, Quiz
typing Which is correct?
The successful candidate will have a ___________ in Communications.
a. master’s degree
b. masters degree

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January 27, 2009  8:43 PM

Writing for Business – titles and capitalization



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, capitalization, CIO, Quiz, titles
typing Which is correct?
Our ______, Barack Obama, is actively exploring the potential of open source software for government use.
a. President
b. president

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January 27, 2009  8:08 PM

Writing for business – busing or bussing?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, busing or bussing, CIO, spelling
typing Which is correct?
We will be ______ employees from the office to the convention.
a. busing
b. bussing

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January 27, 2009  12:14 PM

Writing for business – numbers and dimensions



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, dimensions, numbers
typing Which is correct?

The hiring manager has a stack of resumes ______ high.
a. 2 feet
b. two feet

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January 25, 2009  5:35 PM

Writing for Business — plural dates



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
apostrophes, Business writing, CIO, dates, decades
typing Which is correct?

Arthur L. Samuel of IBM’s Watson Research Center coined the term personal computer in the _____.
a. 1960′s
b. 1960s

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January 22, 2009  1:48 AM

Writing for Business – introductory phrases



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
commas, introductory phrases, misplaced modifiers

What’s wrong with this sentence?

Once infected, the worm turns off Windows Update services, thereby preventing the machine from obtaining the very patch that would have prevented the initial exploit.

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January 19, 2009  6:42 PM

Writing for Business – Comma abuse



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
commas, compound predicates

The new and improved Storage-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings _________________ getting a lot of attention.

a. look a lot different than they used to, and are

b. look a lot different than they used to and are

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