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November 12, 2008  12:58 PM

Writing for Business – slow / slowly

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
adverbs, CIO
slow1.jpg Is your computer running _________?  Disable start-up programs that you don’t use and run your anti-virus application.
a. slow
b. slowly

Answer: b


In spoken English, you may complain that your computer is running slow — but to be grammatically correct, you should use an adverb to describe how your computer is running.

November 11, 2008  3:12 AM

Writing for Business – e.g. / e.i.

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
help.jpg Which is correct?

The company requires you to use a trusted program to detect and remove spyware (_________ Windows Defender).
a. i.e.,
b. e.g.,

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November 7, 2008  12:58 PM

Writing for Business – its, it’s, their

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
agreement, CIO
This management company has each corporate tenant sign _____ lease on the third day of the month.
a. its
b. it’s
c. their

Which is correct?

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November 6, 2008  1:47 PM

Writing for business – I, myself

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
CIO, reflexive pronouns
decision.jpg Michael Dell and ________ are responsible for the decision. We will ask each employee to take an unpaid vacation this quarter.
a. myself
b. I

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November 4, 2008  8:41 PM

Writing for business – pronoun agreement

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
agreement, CIO, pronouns
sixpenguins.gif Because more than 50% of the data center’s software applications were Linux distributions, ________ considered to be an open source shop.
a. it was
b. they were

Which is correct?

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November 3, 2008  8:29 PM

Writing for Business – less or fewer

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
less or fewer
conference.jpg The CIO reported that, as a result of financial constraints, ______ employees would be traveling to industry conferences in 2009.
a. less
b. fewer

Which is correct?

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October 31, 2008  7:17 PM

Writing for Business – active voice / passive voice

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
active voice / passive voice, CIO
computer_lab.jpg Which is correct?

After I made an image, ________________
a.  the new machines were cloned.
b. I cloned the new machines.

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October 30, 2008  6:26 PM

Quiz: Writing for business — commas and semicolons

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, commas, commas/semicolons, punctuation, Quiz, semicolons
Which is correct?
The office was reduced to a ________ employees worked a lot of very long shifts.
a. skeleton crew,
b. skeleton crew;

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October 30, 2008  12:41 PM

Writing for Business – different than/from

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
CIO, different than/from
data_center.jpg Which is correct?

Our plan for client virtualization is somewhat different __________ our plan for server virtualization.
a. than
b. from

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October 28, 2008  4:30 PM

Writing for business – flair / flare

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
CIO, flair / flare
jobs.jpg Which is correct?

With his usual ________ for publicity, Steve Jobs upstaged the world’s largest electronics trade fair with new products aimed squarely at the consumer market.
a. flare
b. flair

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