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The answers to the quiz in April TechFocus
1. Which is which of compliment and complement?
Compliment is the correct spelling when you say something nice to someone and when you send a compliments slip.
Complement means to complete (which has an e in the same place to help you remember) as in 'her skills complement those of the rest of the team'.
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2. Which is correct? a) one weeks’ notice or b) one week’s notice or c) one weeks notice
What this means is notice of one week - in the same way that Michael's line manager means the line manager of Michael. The apostrophe therefore comes after week and b is correct.
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3. What is wrong with this? Management is supportive of the purchase option and want us to work with them on the due diligence process.
'Management is' shows that you are thinking of management as a single item ('it is' rather than 'they are'). On the other hand 'want to work with us' shows that you are thinking of management as a group of people ('they want' rather than 'it wants'). You can consider management to be either single or a group, but preferably not in the same document, and certainly not in the same sentence!
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