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March 9, 2010  1:30 PM

Nor and the double negative



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, double negatives, grammar, neither / nor, nor, Quiz, tricky grammar questions

Which is correct? We didn't manage to meet our first energy conservation target date -- ____ even the second one. a. nor b. or

March 8, 2010  2:29 PM

Working with dependent clauses and references



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, dependent clauses, grammar, meaning, Quiz, references

Which is correct? A business rules engine allows users to specify logic to a computer, ________________________ a. which will then be executed. b. which will then execute it.


March 5, 2010  1:50 PM

Minuscule or miniscule?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, minuscule vs. miniscule, Quiz, spelling

Which is correct? According to PCWorld, __________ transistors will some day power portable


March 3, 2010  2:30 PM

Backward-compatible or backwards compatible?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
backward or backwards, backward-compatible or backwards-compatible, Business writing, CIO, grammar, Quiz, spelling

Which is correct? The new high-bandwidth cabling system was designed to be ____________ with existing technology. a. backward-compatible b. backwards-compatible


March 1, 2010  6:00 PM

Run the gauntlet or the gamut?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, gamut vs. gauntlet, grammar, Quiz, word meantings

Which is correct? Household applications that could be powered by fuel cells run the ______ from lamps to slow cookers. a. gamut b. gauntlet


February 24, 2010  4:07 PM

jive, jibe or gibe?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused terms, grammar, jibe or jive, Quiz, word meanings

Which is correct? Business intelligence systems can only work if data _____ throughout the enterprise's systems. a. jives b. jibes c. gibes


February 23, 2010  2:08 PM

Expeditious or expedient?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, colocation, commonly confused words, expeditious or expedient, grammar, Quiz, word meanings

Which is correct? The colocation service provider promised to deal with all issues _____________. a. expeditiously b. expediently


February 18, 2010  1:02 PM

Are you empathic or empathetic?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, customer service, emotional intelligence, empathic or empathetic, grammar, Quiz, Twitter

Which is correct? Bad customer service news spreads like wildfire on Twitter. The wise company deals with customer complaints in an __________ manner. a. empathic b. empathetic


February 17, 2010  3:19 PM

Free rein or free reign?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, credit card, free reign or free rein, grammar, Quiz

Which is correct? The advance warning of restrictions gave credit card companies __________ to find new ways to gouge consumers. a. free rein b. free reign

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February 16, 2010  3:17 PM

Is majority plural or singular?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, majority is or majority are, plural or singular, pluralization, Quiz

Which is correct? A majority of CIOs ___ either using or considering SaaS products. a. is b. are


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