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July 6, 2010  1:22 PM

Baited breath or bated breath?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
bated or baited, Business writing, CIO, commonly misspelled words, eggcorns, grammar, Quiz, spelling

Which is correct? News media executives watch with ______ breath to see if the iPad can save the industry. a. bated b. baited

July 3, 2010  7:04 PM

Is that a female business owner or a woman business owner?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
adjectives, Business writing, CIO, female vs. woman, grammar, nouns, Quiz

Which is correct? The Obama administration has established a mandate to support ______ business owners. a. female b. women

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July 2, 2010  2:53 PM

Still so many questions!



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, grammar quiz, Quiz, writing quiz

When Site Director Margaret Rouse kicked off the Writing for Business blog in July 2008, we thought the subject matter might be finite. So far, though, we're not seeing any indication. Every day, online content seems to deliver at least one new potential grammar question -- and some days we can...


June 14, 2010  3:48 PM

Is that a principle or a principal?



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

Which is correct? Wave-particle duality is a fundamental __________ of quantum theory. a. principle b....


June 10, 2010  12:40 PM

Are you ready for advanced punctuation?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, colons and semicolons, grammar, punctuation, video

As EnglishTeacherGuy explains in this video, you can get along just fine without colons and semicolons; however, if you really want to impress people, you should learn how to use them properly. Otherwise, just leave them out: using advanced punctuation incorrectly will only undermine your...


June 8, 2010  1:51 PM

Do you have to comply to that or conform to it?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, comply vs. conform, comply with or comply to, grammar, Quiz

Which is correct? Manufacturers that sell their products internationally have to ______ to ITAR stipulations. a. comply b. conform

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June 7, 2010  3:07 PM

Substantial vs. substantive



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly misused words, grammar, Quiz, substantive vs. substantial, word meanings

Which is correct? Information extraction is a process intended to pull meaningful data from noisy text without making _________ changes in the author`s intended meaning. a. substantial b....


June 2, 2010  7:37 PM

Can you give more than 100 percent?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
110 percent, Business writing, CIO, grammar, percentages, Quiz

Which is correct? The director thanked all participants for giving ______ . a. 100 percent b. 110 percent Continued »


May 26, 2010  4:30 PM

What century is this?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, Quiz

Which is correct? Modern financial bookkeeping practices date back to the ___ century, possibly about 1250. a. 11th b. 12th c. 13th Continued...

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May 25, 2010  1:12 PM

Would you care to commentate — or will commenting do?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commentate, grammar, jargon, Quiz, words

Which is correct? Walter Mossberg _________ that some rugged laptops have screens that are viewable in bright light. a. commented b. commentated


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