Writing for Business

Mar 5 2009   1:35PM GMT

Common Grammar Mistakes – idiomatic expressions

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Which is correct?

We have been directed to _________ on cost-cutting initiatives.
a. home in
b. hone in

Answer: Either a or b

Explanation: Although some grammar traditionalists will tell you that the phrase “hone in” doesn’t really exist, Merriam-Webster disagrees.

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