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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


March 22, 2010  1:43 PM

Imply vs. infer



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, grammar, imply/infer, Quiz, word meanings

Which is correct? When the senator announced there would be no new business taxes, she ________ that there would be new taxes in other areas. a. implied b. inferred

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March 19, 2010  4:29 PM

Subject-verb agreement



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, Quiz, subject-verb agreement

Which is correct? The concept of electronic health records ______ interoperability. a. implies b. imply


March 18, 2010  2:38 PM

Principal vs. principle



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

Which is correct? The _________ reason to buy PictBridge-compliant devices is convenience. a. principal b. principle


March 15, 2010  2:58 PM

How do you spell out .com?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
AP style, Business writing, CIO, dot.com or dot-com, grammar, Quiz, spelling

Which is correct? Both the _______ domain and Site Director Margaret Rouse celebrate their birthday March 15. a. dotcom b. dot.com c. dot-com

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