Going all grammatical-like

Despite the writers’ omitting punctuation and messing up a verb, people still read the Yahoo! front page.

The missing punctuation is a common mistake, and not one I discuss, mostly because I’d have to get all grammarly to explain why candidates requires an apostrophe. The words interrupting and talking are gerunds  — verbs ending in -ING that function as nouns. Because a gerund acts as a noun, a noun or pronoun preceding it must be in the case that allows it to modify a noun — that’s the possessive case. You can now forget I told you that. (The other error is the obvious mismatched subject and verb. But you knew that.)


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