One reader’s confidence in Yahoo! News appears to be shaken when the editors can’t match a singular subject (confidence) with the correct verb:
From Yahoo! Celebrity, two gaffes for the price of one:
Neither or nor the verb have responded is correct. The partner of neither is nor, not or. And when a compound subject is joined by the correlative conjunction neither…nor, the verb must agree with the subject closer to it. So, the verb should be has responded.
The writer and editor at Yahoo! Style — neither of whom is a grammatical genius — thought this was correct:
In general neither, used as a pronoun, is grammatically singular and takes a singular verb like is, not are. Some experts are OK with neither taking a plural verb when it is followed by of and a plural, like: Neither of us know much about grammar.
This might just be a new record for number of errors in a single sentence:
It’s unimaginable to me (and to most English speakers) how the writer could think that sentence is okie-dokie for publication. She didn’t notice that prices starts is a grammatical horror? Or that prices can start at $700 and also go up to $1500. But there’s only one starting price for any item. And prices … is sold? That one made me spit out my sugar-free, nonfat vanilla latte. That’s so bad, I almost didn’t notice the random and totally unnecessary at.