In addition to also

In addition to using in addition to, the writer for Yahoo! Movies used the redundant also:

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Who’s responsible for the use of whose instead of who’s? The writer, who’s actually a senior editor. He’s also responsible for the missing parenthesis and the totally mystifying ending to that paragraph.

Whose writing is this?

Words get out of order on Yahoo! Makers on a now seemingly daily basis. Wrong words are used daily, too, especially when the writer can’t choose between two words, only one of which is correct. And with more than a dozen punctuation marks, how can one pick among them? And whose writing is actually worth attempting to replicate?

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Did you spot all those errors? The incorrect word order? The use of between (which should be used with only two objects) instead of among (for more than two)? The lack of a question mark at the end of the question? And the use of who’s (which is a contraction of who is or who has) instead of whose (the possessive pronoun)?

Plastic cutting Matt

Poor Matt! When I read this on Yahoo! Makers I thought the writer was using plastic to cut Matt:

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It makes no sense, but that’s immaterial to Yahoo!. And in case you thought that was a typo, the writer thoughtfully provides another misspelling of what I now believe should be mat:

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The inability to spell a simple word isn’t the writer’s only issue. There’s the misspelled trademark Post-it and a mysterious comma. But my favorite has to be who’s (which is short for who is or who has) instead of whose and the image of a name attached to a forehead:

whos name matt diy

Whose name is attached to their forehead? Must be Matt’s!

Whose fault is that?

Who’s going to take responsibility for this pronoun problem on Yahoo! Style?

whos style

Whose fault is it? The writer, who didn’t know that who’s is a contraction for who is or who has? The editor, assuming there was one? The management, whose disregard for grammatical accuracy is apparent throughout the site? Who’s to blame?

Whose fault is it? Who’s at fault?

Who’s responsible for this error on Yahoo! Sports’ “Big League Stew”?

whos success sports stew

Is that the result of a writer whose success came easily, but whose grammar is wobbly?

It’s hard not to cringe

It’s hard not to cringe when you read something as poorly written as this article on Yahoo! Shine. From the typos and the writer’s imaginative spelling of Rutgers, it has a lot to offer the discerning reader:

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She writes about an author whose most recent book is “The Essentials of Business Etiquette: How to Greet, Eat, and Tweet…” using who’s (which means “who is” or “who has”) and getting the title wrong:

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I’d tell the writer to learn to proofread, or if you don’t have time, get someone to do it for you. It would be helpful to you for your career:

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It’s time she learn the difference between a possessive pronoun (like its) and a contraction (like it’s):

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If she learned to proofread, she could send an email and post something on a social media site without typos and missing words:

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She might also learn to check her articles after they’ve been published to ensure she hasn’t omitted vital information, like the text of a tweet:

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Going through a phase every day

When it comes to homophonic errors, I go through phases sometimes where it’s every day that I discover them on Yahoo!. Today it was on Yahoo! omg!:

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I’ll never understand how a writer can confuse faze with phase or everyday (which means ordinary) with every day (which means each day).

If you’re prone to mixing up homophones, you should have someone who’s knowledgeable about language proofread your writing:

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Look for someone who knows the difference between whose (a possessive pronoun) and who’s (a contraction of who is or who has). I don’t recommend the person who wrote this article.

Who’s to blame?

Who’s to blame for this grammatical gaffe on Yahoo! Screen? Whose fault is it?

whos screen

Whose fault is it?

Whose fault is this? Who’s responsible for this homophonic gaffe on Yahoo! Movies?

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Whose mistake is this?

It’s the writer for Yahoo! Movies who’s confused about the correct word to use here:

The contraction who’s is short for who is or who has. The possessive pronoun is whose. And that’s the word the writer should have used.

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