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March 4, 2013  2:01 PM

Is that a bonified labtop? Big surprises on the grammar blog



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common grammar errors, common misspellings, Surprises

I have had quite a few surprises since I started writing this blog, back in 2008. Some posts were inspired by surprising facts and others by surprising use. In fact, had I just gone into search and looked for posts with the word “shocked” in them, I might have put this list together more...

November 27, 2012  2:43 PM

Do you wish you hadn’t done that — or that you wouldn’t have done it?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common grammar errors, ESL, non-standard grammar, verb tense, verb tenses

Which is correct? Mark Zuckerberg said he wished they _______ decided to work only with HTML5 instead of native apps for Facebook mobile development. a. hadn't b. wouldn't have


November 14, 2012  11:22 PM

Not that big a deal / not that big of a deal



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common grammar errors, common writing errors

Which is correct? People who think mobile security is ______________ could be in for a rude awakening. a. not that big a deal b. not that big of a deal


November 1, 2012  1:13 PM

Misplaced modifiers and dangling participles



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common grammar errors, dangling modifiers

  Which is correct? a. As a quick and easy way to share content, I recommend Dropbox. b. I recommend Dropbox as a quick and easy way to share content.


October 15, 2012  3:26 PM

“Us chickens” or “we chickens”? It depends on the case.



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common grammar errors, commonly misused words, fast guide, overcorrection, personal pronouns, pronouns

  Which is correct? The bring your own device (BYOD) policy is popular with employees but it really puts a strain on __ help...

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August 23, 2012  12:07 PM

The irony of using quotation marks for emphasis



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common grammar errors, quotation marks, quotation marks and punctuation, when to set off words with quotation marks

Which would you use to advertise a sale? a. "Excellent" deals on new and used iPhones! b. Excellent deals on new and used iPhones! c. Excellent deals on new and used iPhones!


August 16, 2012  6:31 PM

“Try and” vs. “try to”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common grammar errors, common writing errors, grammar, Rock and roll grammar test

Which is correct? When I ______ print from the Web, my laptop


July 18, 2012  2:10 PM

Old-fashion or old-fashioned?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common grammar errors, common misspellings, compound adjectives, hyphenation, word meanings

Which is correct? We're planning an ___________ Christmas this year. We'll be dining by candlelight --...


May 8, 2012  2:02 PM

Don’t leave your modifiers hanging



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, common grammar errors, dangling modifiers

What's wrong with this sentence? "As a prominent cloud storage provider, security is crucial."


September 16, 2010  11:22 AM

Set up or setup?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, common grammar errors, common writing errors, grammar, make up or makeup, Quiz, set up or setup, verbs and nouns, work out or workout

Which is correct? If you're installing a wireless LAN, you should know how to ______ security properly. a. set up b. setup


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