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November 21, 2012  2:14 PM

Fine distinctions: “few” vs. “a few”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common sentence errors, common writing errors, ESL, word choice

  Which is correct? Because online security is still far from perfect, there are _____ things to consider before launching into Cyber Monday shopping. a. few b. a few

September 26, 2012  1:23 PM

“Healthy” vs. “healthful” and the problem of audience standards



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, ESL, grammar wars, health information, health IT, synonyms, word choice

Which is correct? With dinner guests due to arrive within the hour, I started browsing through Pinterest looking for quick and _______ recipes. a. healthful b. healthy


September 25, 2012  2:35 PM

“Inauthentic” or “unauthentic”?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, ESL, spelling

Which is correct? Gray market products are either _________, distributed outside the authorized channels, or both. a. inauthentic b. unauthentic

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September 13, 2012  1:55 PM

Eek out vs. eke out



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly misspelled words, eggcorns, ESL, meanings of common expressions, word meanings

Which is correct? Data center managers try to maximize energy efficiency to ______ more life from older facilities. a. eek out b. eke out


August 31, 2012  1:22 PM

The difference between “dependent” and “dependant”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common misspellings, commonly confused words, ESL, the difference between, word meanings

Which is correct? The ________ variable is what is being measured in an experiment. a. dependent b. dependant Continued...

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August 29, 2012  12:27 PM

Sometimes the best edit is a rewrite



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
editing, ESL, pronoun/noun order, pronouns

Which is correct? I’d like to offer __________ to manage the project. a. myself and Bob b. Bob and myself c. neither of the above

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August 14, 2012  11:46 AM

Convince vs. persuade



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused words, commonly misused words, ESL, word meanings

Which is correct? It's typically difficult to _______ programmers to document their code, even though it makes it easier to work with in the future. a. convince b. persuade


August 7, 2012  1:06 PM

Graciously accept or graciously decline? You may do either — but can you say you’re doing so?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused words, ESL, word meanings

Which is correct? I have already committed to two holiday parties on that evening, so I'm going to have to _________ decline your invitation. a. graciously b. gratefully


June 26, 2012  2:00 PM

Monies, moneys — or just plain old money?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
ESL, grammar, large sums of money, moneys, monies, pluralization

Which is correct? The CFO reported gleefully that corporate ______ available at the end of the fourth quarter were so substantial that she had first thought it was an


June 18, 2012  9:37 AM

A piece or apiece?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused terms, ESL, grammar, one word or two, word meanings

Which is correct? The iPhone cases that are retailing for $45 were manufactured for $1 ______. a. a piece b. apiece


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