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November 4, 2008  8:41 PM

Writing for business – pronoun agreement

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
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

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
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

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
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

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
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

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
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

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
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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October 28, 2008  1:31 PM

Quiz: Writing for business — who or that?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
calendar.jpg Which is correct?
The successful capacity planner is one ___ makes trade-offs between present and future expenditures.
a. who
b. that

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October 22, 2008  8:01 PM

Writing for Business – I / me

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

Stealth layoffs? I think this is a matter for you and _______ to decide.
a. I
b. me

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October 22, 2008  7:52 PM

Writing for Business – our / our’s

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

After they had exhausted their department’s contingency budget, they wanted to tap into ______.
a. our’s
b. ours

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October 22, 2008  7:19 PM

Writing for Business – neither is / are

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
laptop1.jpg Which is correct?

Neither of the software applications _____ backwards compatible.
a. is
b. are

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