Surprise! It’s wrong

It’s no surprise that there’s a little subject-verb disagreement on the Yahoo! front page:

fp surprise

The subject, group, is singular; the correct verb is surprises.


2 Responses to “Surprise! It’s wrong”

  1. lectorconstans Says:

    Now we’re back in British English (“tyke” from earlier). In B.E., company names, sports team names, &c. are plural (maybe collective) nouns and take the plural (“G.M. have announced …”).

    But as some nit-picky folks might point out, Yahoo! is an American news organization.

    • Laura Says:

      If the subject of the sentence were the name of the group (Wu-Tang Clan), there might be an argument for using the plural verb, but the subject is “group.”

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