It should be getting hotter

Someone should turn the heat on the writers and editors at the Yahoo! front page. Maybe then we wouldn’t be subjected to grammatical gaffes:

fp wave smother

Would that be an Alp?

Kylie Jenner’s cap and gown, which she word for her high school graduation, are two objects, I think. Isn’t that a plural subject in this sentence from Yahoo! Style?

sneak peak sty

If that were the only problem with that sentence, I’d probably ignore it. But no! The writer had to go tell us about a “sneak peak,” which I think refers to some mountain, like an Alp. Readers might be more interested in a sneak peek of a party thrown by Ryan Seacrest. Hey, at least she didn’t tell us it was throne by Mr. Seacrest. So maybe it’s not so bad.

Which word looks best?

Which of these words in this Yahoo! Movies title looks best?

which look mov

Here’s a hint: It ain’t look, since it’s plural and its subject is which, which isn’t.

To each his own

Each time I read something like this from Yahoo! Sports, I cringe:

each have spo mlb

As a pronoun, each is generally singular, but there are exceptions. Here’s what the American Heritage Dictionary says:

…the subject of a sentence beginning with each is grammatically singular, and so the verb and following pronouns must be singular: Each of the apartments has (not have) its (not their) own private entrance (not entrances). When each follows a plural subject, however, the verb and subsequent pronouns remain plural: The apartments each have their own private entrances (not has its own private entrance). When each follows the verb, it has been traditionally considered acceptable to say either The boys have each their own bike or The boys have each his own bike, though both of these (and especially the latter) are likely to seem stilted in comparison to The boys each have their own bike or The boys each have their own bikes. ·

Vogue and the CFDA are two things

Vogue is a magazine. The CFDA is the Council of Fashion Designers of America. It is not Vogue. So, that makes a plural subject of this headline on Yahoo! Style, requiring the plural verb announce:

announces sty hp

How many spots are on Pluto?

Can you spot the incorrect word in this headline on the Yahoo! front page?

fp spots puzzles

Either there were multiple spots on Pluto, and puzzles is wrong, or there was only one spot and spots is wrong. But the reader doesn’t know which is true.

Fans watch out

I’m probably one of the few grammar fans who always watch out for mismatched subject-verb pairs. It stems from childhood when my friends and I would each pick a subject and then try to find the correct verb. I would have been thrilled to read this on Yahoo! Sports, with its mismatch of subject (fans) and verb (which should be watch) and where instead of when:

watches spo

Biometrics leads the way

Biometrics leads the way, except on the Yahoo! front page, where grammatical errors are in the lead:

fp biometrics

It’s like mathematics, physics, forensics, and ballistics — which all take a singular verb.

If spelling and grammar are not your thing

If spelling and grammar are not your thing, and you’re a professional writer, perhaps you should employ the services of a competent editor. You don’t want to embarrass yourself like this Yahoo! Style writer:

hiking boating is sty

When Selena Gomez is the subject

What makes this stand out on the Yahoo! front page isn’t the picture of Selena Gomez and her co-stars. It’s the glaringly obvious mismatch of the subject (which is photo op) and its verb (which should be makes):

fp photo op make

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