Writing for Business


August 27, 2010  1:18 PM

Another 10-question grammar quiz from the early days

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1. Early ____________ ran on a couple of AA batteries and suffered a lot from lag as a result.
a. BlackBerries
b. BlackBerrys
Which is correct?

2. A 95 percent majority ____ opposed to scheduling meetings for after 5 p.m.
a. is
b. are
Which is correct?

3. Ellen is a real _______, always doing whatever needs to be done to move a project along.
a. trooper
b. trouper
Which is correct?

4. You can ________ the transaction if there are problems.
a. roll back
b. rollback
Which is correct?

5. In the _____, server revenues were flat throughout the quarter.
a. west
b. West
Which is correct?

6. One or more errors _____ encountered during installation.
a. was
b. were
Which is correct?

7. According to the Berne ________ convention, all content created since April 1989 is protected, whether or not that fact is specifically stated.
a. copywrite
b. copyright
Which is correct?

8. The successful candidate will have a ___________ in Communications.
a. master’s degree
b. masters degree
Which is correct?

9. We will be ______ employees from the office to the convention.
a. busing
b. bussing
Which is correct?

10. Arthur L. Samuel of IBM’s Watson Research Center coined the term personal computer in the _____.
a. 1960’s
b. 1960s
Which is correct?

August 10, 2010  3:16 PM

Naprons, ewts and ekenames

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Which is correct?
To create _____ file, you need a ripper and an encoder.
a. an MP3
b. a MP3

Continued »


August 5, 2010  6:10 PM

Srsly — do U loveee it or do U looove it?

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Which is correct?
I was crushed when I didn’t get an iPad for my birthday but now I’ve got an Android Tablet — and OMG I ________ it!!!
a. loveee
b. looove

Continued »


July 21, 2010  1:40 PM

Refute or repudiate — or refudiate?

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Which is correct?
Steve Jobs used a formal four-point argument in the attempt to ________ claims that the iPhone’s design is flawed.
a. refute
b. repudiate
c. refudiate

Continued »


July 19, 2010  1:10 PM

Is “none” plural or singular? Yes.

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Which is correct?
I found digital drugs for “razor-sharp mind,” “power siesta” and “chakra balancing” but none of them ____ to work for me.
a. seem
b. seems

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July 14, 2010  3:25 PM

When vs. whenever

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Which is correct?
________ I installed Ubuntu on my old computer, I saw a big improvement over the way it performed running Vista.
a. When
b. Whenever

Continued »


July 7, 2010  12:41 PM

infra dig

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Which is correct?
The new employee was ________ to agree to the assignment, which she considered infra dig.
a. happy
b. reluctant

Continued »


July 6, 2010  1:22 PM

Baited breath or bated breath?

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

Continued »


July 3, 2010  7:04 PM

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

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

Continued »


July 2, 2010  2:53 PM

Still so many questions!

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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 hardly type fast enough to keep up with them.

How much do you know about writing and grammar? Try our 10-question quiz from the early days of the WFB blog:

1. One in three project managers __________.
a. is an MBA
b. are MBAs
Which is correct?

2. HR was concerned that announcements of job cuts could ___________ staff morale.
a. effect
b. affect
Which is correct?

3. Many organizations don’t give encryption a thought until they suffer a data _______.
a. breach
b. breech
Which is correct?

4. The CEO refused to speculate about the ________ of new employees that would be hired for the project.
a. amount
b. number
Which is correct?

5. The manager felt ______ about denying your vacation request.
a. bad
b. badly
Which is correct?

6. The ____ or CFO’s signature is required on that requisition form.
a. CEO
b. CEO’s
Which is correct?

7. The CEO said “the final decision on cloud implementation will be up to the CFO and ____.”
a. me
b. myself
c. I
Which is correct?

8. The report listed the servers in two _____ categories: virtual and real.
a. discrete
b. discreet
Which is correct?

9.The following document section __________ the scope of the project.
a. will explain
b. explains
Which is correct?

10. _________ management is dedicated to the promotion of team building, it will not sponsor a daily “Happy Hour.”
a. While
b. Although
Which is correct?


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