Each of these is wrong

What do these sentences have in common?

  • No misspelling ever appears on Yahoo!.
  • Articles written by Yahoo! staffers are grammatically correct.
  • Yahoo! articles are always accurate.

Each one of these sentences is wrong — just like this excerpt from Yahoo! Sports, where the writer can’t match the verb (which should be is) to the singular subject:

each are spo

After reading this…

After reading this on Yahoo! Beauty, I don’t feel good:

selfies makes bea

Let’s hope that was just a typo; I’d hate to think the writer thought it was correct.

Did the editor take a detour?

So, the editor for Yahoo! Sports was going to check this headline — you know, for grammatical errors, spelling, that sort of thing — but took a detour at the latte station and totally forgot about this:

takes mlb

Ha! I made that up. I really don’t know why that headline contains that error. It seems pretty obvious that there’s a plural subject, but a singular verb.

Neither was correct

It looks like the editor and writer for Yahoo! Sports gave this the stamp of approval:

neither were name mlb

Unfortunately, neither was correct. The pronoun neither is singular. Just sayin’.

Judd Apatow is singular

Neither the Yahoo! Movies editors nor the writer has any idea what the correct verb is here:

have pushed mov

When a compound subject (like reviews and Judd Apatow) is joined by neither…nor, the verb must agree with the subject closer to it. In this case, it’s Judd Apatow and the verb should be has pushed.

Thanks for clarifying that

Folks looking for clear information about the effects of Brexit on the US should steer clear of Yahoo! Finance, which offers this prediction:

has fin

Can you overlook the obvious disconnect between the plural subject (economy and market) and the singular verb (has)? I should have stopped reading at that point, because the next sentence is a mess of pronouns with no antecedents, except maybe in the mind of the writer. What does “it does have one… exposure” refer to? Does the pronoun it refer to the US economy or the US stock market or the UK economy? And what does its refer to? Some country?  I have no freakin’ idea. What I did learn from this? I won’t be reading the accompanying article.

Reader finally gets it

I read this headline and just couldn’t get it: How does a mistake like this go unnoticed by editors?

get call spo hp

Then I remembered this is from Yahoo! Sports, and now I get it: Nobody proofreads.

Not a good craftsman

A good writing craftsman knows the difference between a plural and a singular noun, unlike this writer for Yahoo! Sports:

craftsmen mlb

This seems wrong

Does this excerpt from Yahoo! Style seem wrong to you?

seems sty

Do you think “love and respect” represent a plural subject and therefore the verb should be plural? Yeah, me too.

If I were you…

If I were this Yahoo! Style writer, I’d learn something about English grammar:

were pink bea

I’d learn that a verb must agree with its subject and that it is a singular subject and were is a plural verb. I might also learn that it were can be correct — but only when it’s stating something that is not true. Consider this example: We laughed at the sentence as if it were a joke.

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