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April 12, 2010  1:41 PM

Is that a FAQ list or an FAQ list?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
a FAQ or an FAQ, acronyms and initialisms, Business writing, CIO, grammar, pronunciation, Quiz

Which is correct? The MultiSpeak website provides ______ list explaining more about the initiative. a. a FAQ b. an FAQ

April 8, 2010  10:41 PM

Valuable or invaluable?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, confusing words, grammar, health information, health information sharing, health IT, Quiz, valuable vs. invaluable, word meanings

Which is correct? According to some critics, the sharing of health data among organizations will provide ___________ source of information for insurance providers seeking to deny claims. a. a valuable b. an invaluable

April 8, 2010  5:35 PM

Utmost or upmost?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, grammar, Quiz, utmost or upmost

Which is correct? The security of clients' personal information is of _______ importance. a. upmost b. utmost Answer: b Explanation: I...

April 7, 2010  10:34 AM

Omitting “that”

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, open source, programming, Quiz, that

Which is correct? Linus Torvalds _______ choosing to be an open source software engineer is a calling, rather than a career choice. a. said that b. said

April 1, 2010  2:46 PM

Had had, that that, is is — are doubled words okay?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, doubled words, grammar, Grammar Girl, had had, is is, Quiz, sentence structure

Which is correct? Frustrated by shoddy products and bad service, she tweeted that she _____ enough and would never buy from that company again. a. had had b. had

April 1, 2010  2:14 PM

Is it April Fools, April Fool’s or April Fools’ Day?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
apostrophes, April Fools', Business writing, CIO, grammar, Quiz, spelling holiday names

Which is correct? The Daily Telegraph reported that ferrets would be involved in delivering broadband to rural areas. Oh right -- it's ____________. a. April Fools Day b. April Fool's Day c. April Fools'...

March 29, 2010  1:35 PM

“Awhile” or “a while?”

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
awhile or a while, Business writing, CIO, common grammar errors, exploits, grammar, Quiz, spelling

Which is correct? Ransomware hasn't been in the news for _______ but it seems to be making a comeback. a. a while b. awhile

March 26, 2010  2:30 PM

Passive vs. active voice

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
active voice or passive voice, Business writing, CIO, grammar, Quiz, Security, testing

Which is correct? a. Fuzz testing was originally developed by Barton Miller at the University of Wisconsin in 1989. b. Barton Miller originally developed fuzz testing at the University of...

March 25, 2010  1:08 PM

Borne out or born out?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
born out or borne out, Business writing, CIO, commonly misspelled words, energy, grammar, perpetual motion, Quiz

Which is correct? Claims of perpetual motion devices that would create clean, free energy have never been ______ out. a. borne b. born

March 23, 2010  3:03 PM

Has lain or has laid?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, has laid or has lain, Quiz, Smart Grid, tricky grammar questions, verbs

Which is correct? The United States has ____ out plans to standardize domestic smart grid development. a. lain b. laid

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