Readers don’t have to be on high alert to find the grammatical errors on Yahoo! Celebrity. They’re right in front of their eyes:
Do you find this as funny as I do? I think it’s hilarious that the writers for Yahoo! DIY keep mistaking a palate (which is the roof of your mouth) with a palette (which is a range of colors):
Some ideas make me double over with laughter. Or pain. One of those ideas is that people actually get paid to write this stuff.
The grammar police should make an arrest at the yahoo.com headquarters for this gaffe:
Did that really sound right to the writer? If so, then he or she needs to hang around people who speak proper English and start reading something other than Facebook timelines and Twitter posts.
The correct pronoun is the possessive his because being is a gerund, which is a verb functioning as a noun. The writer could have avoided this embarrassment by simply writing “by his arrest.” Easy, no?
Unless Larry Ellison paid these pilots using 4000 one-dollar bills, the writer for the Yahoo! front page used the wrong verb:
It’s not a mistake you see very often (except on yahoo.com), but this verb is just wrong; it should be “was.” When the subject is a collective noun such as distance, a length of time, or a sum of money, the verb should be singular:
You, too, could be an editor! If you can spot the incorrect word in this headline from Yahoo! Celebrity you might have what it takes!
Bonus points: If you recognized that the verb was wrong because the sentence stated a condition contrary to fact, give yourself 5 points. If you identified the mood of the verb as subjunctive, give yourself an additional 5 points.
If you have more than 10 bonus points, you are overqualified for a writing or editing job at Yahoo!.
Neither the Yahoo! Style writer nor the editor appears to know basic grammar:
When two subjects are joined by the correlative conjunction neither…nor, the verb must agree with the subject closer to it. So, it should be “neither Richie’s children nor her husband appears” but “neither Richie’s husband nor her children appear.”
Dear writer for Yahoo! Celebrity,
You are sooo right. There is very little that you and I and Prince have in common. For instance, I can write in grammatically correct English. I don’t know about Prince, but I do know you can’t (or maybe you just choose not to).
I know to use I (and not me) as the subject of a verb. I know that you can’t use neither to refer to more than two people and none is the correct word.
You are sooo right. We have very little in common. And for that I’m thankful.