Maybe Katie Couric can explain this

Now I don’t get it. Why does reading something on make me want to poke my eyes out?

fp does makes

Maybe Katie Couric can explain the grammatical errors that appear so frequently on this page.

Neither is intimidated

Neither the writer nor the editor at Yahoo! Style is intimidated by grammar. They simply just ignore it:

neither are style

The rule is simple: When a compound subject is joined by neither…nor, the verb must agree with the subject closer to it. In this case, the closer subject is Hurley and the verb should be is.

This is the “news”

If you judge the accuracy of a news site by the quality of its writing, you might want to skip Yahoo! News. The folks there have trouble matching a subject with its verb:

cancel news

… and don’t seem to know that Angela Merkel is the German chancellor:

angel news

Just call her EIC

I don’t get it. Does this woman write in the third person? Is she or isn’t she the author of this article? And is she the editor in chief or the editor-in-chief of Yahoo! Makers? Seems to me that whoever wrote this should know:

editor in chief mak

Perhaps my standards are just too high. Maybe I need to lower them and accept that plural subjects don’t need to have plural verbs.

A quick glance reveals a goof

A quick glance at this sentence from Yahoo! Style reveals a disconnect between its subject and verb:

reveal sty

It takes a team

It took a team Yahoo! Style staffers to come up with this ridiculously wrong possessive of the plural noun models:

modelss sty

Apparently there was some disagreement in this brain trust as to where the apostrophe goes — before or after the S. So that put it before and after an S. (Just in case someone on the Style staff is reading this, here’s the scoop: the possessive of models is models’.)

Just between you and me

Just between you and me, I think there are more than two airlines in the world. And if the editors at knew that they’d probably use among instead of between:

fp between airlines

I don’t think that this Yahoo! Style writer’s past classes include one on grammar or proofreading:

projects includes

Not a good effect

It appears that grammar lessons have never had a positive effect on this writer for Yahoo! Beauty:

has never had

Each has been mistreated

Whoa! Did I really read this in a Yahoo! Style article , written by the “news editor”?

each have sty

Yep, each is a singular pronoun in this context and requires a singular verb like, such as, for example, has.


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