Writing for Business


August 19, 2013  5:48 PM

Multitasking, errors and irony

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?

interrobang a. Our brains, are not built for multitasking.
b. Our brains are not built for multitasking. 

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August 19, 2013  1:59 PM

Introductory phrases and commas

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Once the business owner saw the benefits of attending an ______________ improved.

A. Agile retrospective, his participation
B. Agile retrospective his participation

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August 14, 2013  6:49 PM

Donkey’s years or donkey’s ears?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?

interrobang “Wow, an Amiga 500! I haven’t seen one of those in __________.”
a. donkey’s years
b. donkey’s ears

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August 9, 2013  12:48 PM

From the press: Spot the errors

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Can you find the two errors in this sentence?

interrobang Nevermind who’s name is on the cover, the book is vintage Rowling, and has received rave reviews, before and after the secret got out. (the Globe and Mail, August 3)

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August 8, 2013  5:01 PM

Vocabulary: reorg, exhaustipated

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

What does this sentence mean?

interrobang Most of the employees were anxious about the reorg but after two straight weeks of overtime, I was almost exhaustipated.

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August 4, 2013  6:02 PM

Why you don’t want to just make your own decisions about what words to capitalize

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which vision statement is better?

interrobang a. Our Vision for the future includes serving our Customers to the best of our ability, while maintaining our focus on Sustainability, Integrity and Openness in all our practices.b. Our vision for the future includes serving our customers to the best of our ability, while maintaining our focus on sustainability, integrity and openness in all our practices.

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August 1, 2013  2:01 PM

What the world needs now: subject-verb agreement

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?

interrobang Enter the CHRO: Apparently, what the world needs now ___ more C-level execs.
a. is
b. are

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July 31, 2013  1:35 PM

Is data singular or plural? It depends.

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?

interrobang Although big data is getting bigger all the time, much of the data being collected ___ useless.
a. is
b. are

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July 29, 2013  1:17 PM

Do you write well or good?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Certifications and degrees are great, but you need to have excellent communication skills to be successful in your IT career change. This includes being able to write ______________.
a. well
b. good

Which is correct?
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July 7, 2013  8:29 PM

There are a thousand … whats? C’mon, Apple — don’t you have spell check?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?

interrobang According to Apple, there are a thousand ____ for every yes.
a. noes
b. nos
c. no’s

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