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December 14, 2008  11:48 PM

Writing for business — a majority is or a majority are?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
Which is correct?
A 95 percent majority ____ opposed to scheduling meetings for after 5 p.m.
a. is
b. are

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December 10, 2008  6:08 PM

Writing for business – indefinite pronouns

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

None of you _________ responsibility for this spagetti code fiasco?
a. accept
b. accepts

Answer: b

Explanation: None is an indefinite pronoun that can be either singular or plural, depending on sentence context. When none is used to mean “not a single one of you,” it is singular and requires a singular verb.


December 8, 2008  3:48 PM

Writing for business – comma splice

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
Which is correct?

Wireshark can examine traffic at a variety of ______ its flexibility makes it a valuable tool for troubleshooting.
a. levels,
b. levels;

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December 5, 2008  7:06 PM

Writing for Business – has/have

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
The set of practices in the ten rules of lean production ______ been adopted by many industries in the U.S. and Europe.
a. have
b. has

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December 5, 2008  5:10 PM

Writing for business – rollback or roll back?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
Which is correct?
You can ________ the transaction to return to a state prior to the update if there are problems.
a. roll back
b. rollback

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December 4, 2008  4:30 PM

Writing for business — all right or alright?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
Which is correct?
The office manager said it would be _________ if I signed for the delivery.
a. alright
b. all right

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December 4, 2008  12:36 PM

Quiz: Writing for business — capitalization — West or west?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
Which is correct?
In the _____, server revenues were flat throughout the quarter.
a. west
b. West

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December 3, 2008  12:26 PM

BlackBerries or BlackBerrys?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
Which is correct?
Early ____________ ran on a couple of AA batteries and suffered a lot from lag as a result.
a. BlackBerries
b. BlackBerrys

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November 25, 2008  5:50 PM

Quiz: Writing for business — counsel or council?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
typing2.jpg Which is correct?
When working in a foreign country, a savvy project manager might seek ______ from local contacts to avoid culture clash.
a. counsel
b. council

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November 25, 2008  4:25 PM

Writing for Business – is/are

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
walter_bender2.jpg Which is correct?

The cost of hardware, software applications and related services _______ applied specifically to the business unit that uses the technology.
a. is
b. are

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