Grammatical errors cause uproar

If only. Can you imagine what would happen if readers of the Yahoo! front page created an uproar over every grammatical error? Maybe then the management would take the quality of its writing seriously. And maybe we wouldn’t see such an obvious grammar gaffe as a mismatched subject and verb:

fp plans causes

Did you just dash that off?

Did the writer of this teaser on Yahoo! Celebrity just dash it off? I’d say so:

dash cel

The first hint was the mention of Dash boutiques since there’s only one Dash boutique in Hollywood. Obviously the writer didn’t have time to verify that little fact. Then it was the undercapitalized Pilates, which is a proper noun. But who has time to check a dictionary? Finally it was the mismatched subject (signs) and verb (which should be prohibit). OK, that’s not the result of dashing off a sentence; that’s the result of being poorly educated.

A series of mistakes

A series of mistakes has been made on the Yahoo! home page. Here’s just one:

fp series have

The word series is both singular and plural. It’s plural if you’re referring to more than one series, and takes a plural verb. But in this case, it’s singular (you can tell because the writer refers to a series).

Are is wrong; is is right

When a compound subject is joined by the correlative conjunction neither…nor, the verb always agrees with noun closer to it. Except on the Yahoo! Style, where the rules of grammar are often violated:

neither are sty

Sometimes you’re right, sometime you’re wrong

Everyone needs advice sometimes, and that includes the writer and editor for Yahoo! Celebrity who think that sometime is a synonym for occasionally:

sometime cel

Most oddest error ever

I got nothin’ to say about this on Yahoo! Answers, except maybe WTF:

most oddest ans

How many can you spot?

This is like Find Waldo, except you’re looking for the errors committed by one writer for Yahoo! Makers. How many can you find?

bike stor

I’m going with these:

  • an invisible storage? Shouldn’t that be just invisible storage?
  • If it’s like invisible storage, then you wouldn’t see it, would you? Then how could you hardly ever see it?
  • Misspelling! That misspelled allows was just too easy.
  • Your bike themselves? Really? Does the writer really not understand the concept of matching a pronoun with the noun it refers to? And why include themselves (or even the correct itself)?

Your turn. What did I miss?

Series of errors is common

A series of errors on the Yahoo! front page is not unusual. It’s quite common to see a mismatch of a subject (like series) and its verb (which should be aims):

fp series aim

The noun series is both singular and plural. In this case, it’s used as a singular noun because there’s only one series of ads.

Gambling on it

I’ll bet anyone dollars to donuts that the editors for the Yahoo! front page have no idea what an antecedent is and why a pronoun must agree with it:

fp gambling on it

An antecedent is the noun that a pronoun refers to. The pronoun must agree with its antecedent, meaning that they both must be the same number (singular or plural). A plural noun (like oh, say, maybe fights) requires a plural pronoun (like them).

I cry sometimes, too

I admit that I cry sometimes, especially when I read something as stupid as this sentence from Yahoo! Answers:

yamster

There is no rational explanation possible for using they to refer to a Yamster, which appears to be a hamster mascot for the Yahoo! site. Unless the Yamster is a collective name for conjoined twins, and Yahoo! is hiding the other twin out of our view. As for the rest of the text, just be thankful that I obscured some words with my red circle. You really don’t want to read that juvenile, amateurishly written tripe.

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