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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Poll Results 169

Sorry about the delay. I've been moving, and things have been crazy.

Here are the results of the latest poll:

How many definitely wrong errors are in this sentence? "A super-skilled Agent will setup and secure your network and three devices."

2 (2%)
12 (17%)
37 (54%)
17 (25%)

I agree with 54% of you. The two errors are as follows:

1) "Agent" does not need to be initial capped.
2) "setup" needs to have a space: "set up."

Tell me what third error you saw!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Poll Results 168

Here was the question:

Did the salon get it right when it posted this sign? "Our customers have been asking us how much they should tip?"

15 (31%)
31 (64%)
2 (4%)

I agree with 64% of you. The sentence concerns a question but is not itself a question; therefore, a period, not a question mark, is needed at the end.