The Hyphenation Exercises on the Grammatical Link

  1. well-organized document
  2. state-of-the-art equipment
  3. well-trained therapist
  4. two-mile run
  5. hands-on experience
  6. to protect the well-being
  7. entry-level position.

Good Grief, Good Grammar Exercises

  1. He gave us an off-the-record report.
  2. Ours is a pay-as-you-go plan.
  3. This has been a user-tested product.
  4. Max is an old-car buff.
  5. He ordered six-inch razors.
  6. Amway is a well-known company.
  7. This is a less-acceptable solution.
  8. This seminar is a highly rated educational program.
  9. Please complete the pre- and post-questionnaires.
  10. Answers for Bibliography Exercises

    Sant, Tom. Persuasive Business Proposals: Writing to Win Customers, Clients,
    and Contracts. New York: AMACOM, 1992.

    Talking Caption Exercises

    Did you say a talking caption something like this:
    Police Presence Needs Improvement

    Semicolon Answers from Grammar and Punctuation Link

    1. Shift defects increased by 13 percent duing the month, which alarmed management; however, the managers were not aware of the high volume of trainees during the period.
    2. At Liberty Studios the entertainment industry haas traditionally been strong through good and bad economic times, especially now that they are on a growth pattern; thus, employment opportunities are rising.
    3. Every year accounting is expanding; accountants will no longer be considered number crunchers.
    4. I realized a few points; I am now head and shoulders above the competition because of this interview, and I have taken a strong step toward obtaining the career and company I want.
    5. The case load is currently so great; it forces the small staff to rush through cases.

      Answers to Commas Give Trouble Exercises

      14. The more students ask about the grades, the more troublesome the situation becomes.
      15. Although most people believe accountancy is an easy job, the facts are quite different.
      16. Technically correct.
      17. Technically correct. You don't have to have a comma after a short, introductory adverbial clause.
      18. Even though Holly Sugar is a very successful business, the interviewee began to realize there is not residual income.
      19. When he started, Don was working many hours, sometimes as many as 60 hours a week.
      20. When asking questions about marketing, Ms. Hodenberg informed us about how marketing the field in today's business occurs.
      21. She told me that, usually, accountants get their CPA before their fifth year.
      22. When Anne noticed the prior reaction to her background, she would move on to mention all of the different internships available at the company.
      23. Once I start pursuing internships and expanding my work experience and managerial skills, there is no reason why I shouldn't achieve success.
      24. According to the analyst, his job is the sharpest commodity in the company.
      25. Although I have not completed this college, the interviewee believes it is worth mentioning on my resume.
      26. The interview took a great deal of time and required careful planning, too.
      27. Of special interest was Jane's personal list of ingredients for success.
      28. After interviewing Sam, it is quite evident to me I need to spend some time planning my career.
      29. For example, she told me the boss and 50 other executives were in Redmond for a photo shoot/meeting to get acquainted with a new line of products.
      30. Whenever he can help out in a situation,, he is there.

      Networking Quiz on Networking Link Needs Answers

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      Mr. Straits provided the following insight about the answers to the Networking Quiz:

      1. a. While C is very appropriate after you have begun a good conversation, it is considered rude to immediately ask about a person's career. Begin your conversation with casual talk.

      2. b. If you are uncomnfortable with networking, admitting that to the person you are talking to is almost always a great ice breaker. People will go out of their way to help you. They will carry the conversation and frequently introduce you to others to make you feel welcome.

      3. a. Surprisingly, some of the best conversationalists do the least amount of talking. While B and C are also characteristics of good conversationalists, being able to draw others into the conversation is an extraordinary skill.

      4. c. Being inattentive is the most common characteristic exhibited by people at networking functions. Always display good eye contact with verbal and body language response. Ask good follow-up questions.

      5. a. If you want to carry on good conversations, then you must stay contemporary on a variety of subjects. Read, read, read, on a wide variety of topics, including current events, business trends, social issues, sports and the arts. It has been said that if you read three books on any subject, you will know more than 95 percent of the rest of the world on that subject. By reading on many topics, you will always be able to engage people in great conversations.

      6. b. This is the most frequently missed question. Most people view networking as "what can I get from this person," which is the wrong way to view networking. Rather, you should view networking as "how can I benefit or help this person." If you try to quickly judge the contact from a personal perspective, you have made a terrible mistake. The goal of networking should be to meet interesting people, help them whenever possible, learn from them, perhaps make a contact that is mutually beneficial, or maybejust simply make a new friend. Never set your expectations too high.

      7. c. Don't be too aggressive in trying to make that contact. A networking function is more of a social even rather than pure business. Meet lots of people spending a few minutes with each. Collect lots of business cards, and, then, a few days after the event, make contacts with people where it would be mutually beneficial to build a business relationship.

      8. c. It is easy to get stuck with someone who follows you around everywhere you go. At some point, find a reason to excuse yourself or perhaps introduce him/her to someone, and, then, excuse yourself from their conversation. Don't let another person dominate your time at a networking function.

      How did you do? Did you check your score meanings on the networking link?

      Effect and Affect Exercises

          1. The termites had a startling effect on the piano.
          2. The problem affected Lucia's recital.

    FBI Report Rewriting Exercise

    At the beginning (not outset), the Inspector General emphasized the investigation would not be restricted to Whitehurst's specific allegations. The report also addressed other pertinent issues identified in the investigation and ways to further enhance the quality of the Laboratory's work.

    Ethics Exercise Answers

    Score: If you resisted the temptation to cheat seven of the eight times, you did "better than most, but not good enough." Fewer than seven "no" questions suggests Josephson's admonition, "You've got a lot more work to do."

    Spell Checker Answers

    Schedual should be spelled schedule.
    Definiation should be spelled definition.

    Possible Article Summary from Guffey

    Guffey, Mary Ellen. Business Communication: Process & Product. 2d. ed.
    Cincinnati, Ohio: South-Western Publishing, 1997, p. 358.


    Plagiarism causes difficulties in academic circles. Plagiarism means
    using someone else's words without giving credit to the original source.

    People who plagiarize commencement addresses or newspaper articles

    from news services have been fired for their inattention. The whole idea

    implies one loses his or her credibility by plagiarizing. Even an unskilled

    researcher can plagiarize without paying attention.

    Certain techniques can be used to avoid plagiarizing:

    1. Take complete notes.
    2. Recognize common knowledge that doesn't need quoting.
    3. Document direct quotations and ideas.
    4. Cite statistics that are not your own.
    5. Avoid the danger of "overquoting" authors because you like the wording.
    6. Introduce the quotation in your own words.
    7. Use quotation marks to enclose exact quotations.
    8. Look for examples of how report writers have accurately quoted.

    This section of the book inspired me to think more carefully about
    how documentation should be done. The list that gave ways to avoid

    unintentional plagiarism helped me appreciate how thorough documentation

    must be. The next time I have to do a term paper or an informational report

    I will pay more attention to the importance of documentation.

    Parallelism Makes Thoughts Flow Corrections, p. 415

    1. Anita felt that the pros for working for a large business would tend to be better pay, tend to be better human skill development, and tend to emphasize higher technical skills.
    2. But for the last 20 minutes we got to speak about her job, school, and advice.
    3. To be successful in this field, a person needs to be enthusiastic, ambitious, open-minded, and empathetic. How do you express networking skills?

    Helen Gurley Brown's Cliches Exercise

    You should have found 15 different cliches. They include:

    • giving as good as it gets
    • trying to get her goat
    • ugly as sin
    • all over him like a tent
    • who did he think he was
    • God's gift to women
    • not on your life
    • spot a sitting duck
    • stuck out like a sore thumb
    • after him tooth and nail
    • calling him every name in the book
    • finally cried uncle
    • tail between his legs
    • sadder but wiser man
    • learned his lesson the hard way

    How did you do? Isn't that a tough assignment? Now you know how to recognize a cliche or some phrase that occurs like a "zit" on your face.

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