Writing for Business


September 5, 2018  4:30 PM

supposedly vs. supposably

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert

In many places that _______ have broadband internet, enjoying quality OTT content can be difficult because the bandwidth is simply not there.

a, supposably
b. supposedly

Which is correct?

 

 


Answer: B

August 28, 2018  6:46 PM

You’re vs. your

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert

Due to a configuration problem, _____ email servers are down and users have no access.

a. you’re

b. your

Which is correct?


 

Answer: B

While this one seems obvious, but it never hurts to have a refresher! Your is possessive and functions as an adjective, usually placed before the noun it modifies. You’re is a contraction for you are and works wherever you would place you are.


June 19, 2018  4:32 PM

Commas and introductory phrases

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert

_______ Active Directory enables single sign-on capabilities for Microsoft apps, such as Office 365 and Dynamics CRM.

A. In addition,
B. In addition


Answer: A

A comma should be used after common introductory phrase to give the reader a slight pause. This pause after an introductory element provides pacing for the reader and can help avoid confusion when reading the sentence.

Other simple introductory phrases include however, yes and of course. Adverbs can also be used as introductory phrases when placed at the beginning of a sentence, such as obviously, actually and similarly.


June 15, 2018  4:54 PM

Plural and possessive acronyms

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert

In a lifecycle-focused API management platform, specific types of software manage each stage of the _____ lifecycle.

A. APIs
B. API’s


Answer: B

Plurals and possessives can be confusing when it comes to acronyms. A good rule of thumb is to use ‘s when the acronym is possessive and s when it’s plural.

In this sentence, the lifecycle belongs to the API. Therefore, the possessive ‘s is used. The plural of API is APIs.


June 3, 2018  2:56 PM

Writing for Business – has, have

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
crackberry.jpg Which is correct?

Deployment of GPS-enabled mobile apps _______ dramatically increased during the past two years.
a. has
b. have

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May 11, 2018  8:37 PM

affect/effect

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert

On May 25, 2018, the new European Union General Data Protection Regulation will go into ________.

a. affect
b. effect


Answer: B

Affect is usually a verb, and it means to impact or change. Effect is usually a noun, an effect is the result of a change. However, there are deviations for both rules. When in doubt, follow this rule: The action is affect, the end result is effect.


May 8, 2018  8:18 PM

Referring to a brand or an entity as “they”

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert

To keep up with _______ changing audience, Southwest Airlines rebranded in 2014.

a. its
b. it’s
c. their


Answer: A

A brand or an entity is “it.” Even though “they” seems to make more sense, you don’t identify a brand or an entity as “he” or “she.”


May 8, 2018  8:00 PM

Its, it’s, or its’

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert

The secret sauce, or architecture, that differentiates IOTA from other distributed ledgers is ______ directed acyclic graph (DAG).

a. its
b. it’s
c. its’

Answer: a.


March 20, 2018  4:35 PM

Compose/Comprise – Which is correct?

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert

The AWS portfolio ______ more than 100 services, including those for compute, databases, infrastructure management, application development and security.

a. comprises
b. composes

 


Answer: A

Comprise means “is made up of” or “consists of.”

Compose means “make up” or “make.”

A good way to remember the difference:

The whole comprises the parts. The parts compose the whole.


January 30, 2018  2:43 PM

Is a company singular or plural?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Which is correct?

Facebook announced that ________ prioritizing what friends and family share in newsfeeds.
a. it is
b. they are

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