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May 14, 2010  12:27 PM

Forward, back, north, south



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, dates, forward / back

Our long-time correspondent and frequent contributor Herzl (Tselly) Regev sent in this response to the question we sent out yesterday, If a deadline's moved forward is it...

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May 11, 2010  4:27 PM

Combining quotation marks with other punctuation



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, punctuation, Quiz, quotation marks and punctuation

Which is correct? According to Peter Drucker "there is only one valid definition of business purpose: to create a _________ a. customer." b. customer".


May 11, 2010  2:47 PM

Hyphenating compound modifiers



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, compound modifiers, grammar, hyphenation, Quiz

Which is correct? In a _______ circuit, external noise can be picked up from appliances in the vicinity,...


May 5, 2010  2:53 PM

Verbing nouns



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, incent, incentivize, Quiz, verbing

Which is correct? Funds made available through the HITECH Act are expected to ________ faster adoption of electronic...

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April 30, 2010  12:45 PM

Supersede or supercede?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly misspelled words, grammar, Quiz

Which is correct? Many experts predict that cloud computing will completely _______ desktop computing within the not-too-distant future. a. supersede b. supercede c. superseed


April 29, 2010  12:58 PM

Does that augur well or auger well?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
auger or augur, Business writing, CIO, commonly misspelled words, definitions, grammar, Latin, Quiz, word meanings

Which is correct? The CFO said, with a twinkle in her eye, that the client's enthusiasm for the straw man proposal ______ well for negotiations. a....


April 27, 2010  4:37 PM

Comprises or is comprised of?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, common grammar errors, commonly misused words, comprises or is comprised of, grammar, Quiz

Which is correct? Data management is a broad area of study that ___________ many more specialized fields. a. comprises b. is comprised of


April 26, 2010  2:57 PM

Allude or refer?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
allude or refer, Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, grammar, Quiz

Which is correct? The Managing Director _______ to a study claiming an 81% error reduction rate for computerized systems. a. referred b. alluded Continued...

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April 21, 2010  3:45 PM

Is that on everyone’s mind or on everyone’s minds?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Bonnie Trenga, Business writing, CIO, everyone, grammar, Grammar Girl, plural or singular, Quiz, subject-verb agreement

Which is correct? The question on everyone's _____ is how to improve customer experience and cut costs at the same time. a. minds b. mind


April 19, 2010  1:10 PM

How likely? Quite.



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, probably or likely, Quiz, word usage

Which is correct? Most users will _______ want to use a graphical front end to YUM. a. likely b....


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