Everything from the headlines to the teasers to the links has been proofread on yahoo.com:
Just kidding. Clearly that sentence, with its mismatched subject and verb, escaped the eyes of the proofreaders and editors.
So, how did Yahoo! Answers get its name? Is it the result of consumer research? I really don’t know, but I do know that it’s not the best-written site on Yahoo!. Check out the mistakes in this one little paragraph, which include a contraction (it’s) instead of a possessive pronoun (its) and a noun (checkout) instead of a phrasal verb (check out):
Let’s run down what’s wrong with this little sentence on the home page of Yahoo! TV:
First, there’s the noun rundown. It’s a noun, people; it’s not a verb. The verb phrase is two words: run down. (Think about it: If it were a verb, what would its past tense be? Rundowned.)
Then, there’s the use of the verb perpetrated, which means “to commit.” The casualties (meaning “dead people”) were not perpetrated. The crimes, the homicides, or the murders were perpetrated. The casualties were the victims; they were not perpetrated.
I’m sorry to say it, but it’s hard to believe that this article from Yahoo! Shine was produced by a professional writer. Heck, it’s hard to believe it was written by a middle school graduate.
There are a few minor problems, like needlessly capitalizing a word. “Sorry” doesn’t get a capital letter unless it’s at the start of a sentence or you’re writing about the board game:
This is a sorry attempt at making a possessive out of women:
(To form the possessive of a plural noun not ending in S, just add an apostrophe and S: women’s, men’s, children’s.)
Things get a little sorrier with an error-filled paragraph, which includes a subject-verb mismatch (the subject study takes the verb has identified):
A “verbal tick” sounds like a talking, bloodsucking arachnid. If the writer meant an idiosyncratic and habitual behavior, that would be a tic. Then there’s the issue of the pronoun they, which has no antecedent. Just who is they? The rest of the sentence is just a mess. If you’re still reading that article at this point, I feel sorry for you.