Each with her own mistakes

Yahoo! Style publishes articles by several women, each with her own style and her own interpretation of English grammar.

their own sty

At least one gal thinks it’s OK to use a plural pronoun (like, oh, say, their) to refer to a woman. It’s not. The correct pronoun is her.

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.

Stay in school

Now that school’s out, I think the Yahoo! Celebrity editors should hit the grammar books and learn a little something about the use of an apostrophe in a contraction:

schools out cel

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

It’s a ballistics show

It looks like a plural, but according to the American Heritage Dictionary, ballistics is a noun that’s used with a singular verb. Just because the folks at yahoo.com treat it as a plural, don’t assume that it’s correct:

fp ballistics

I guess it’s like mathematics and physics, which also are used with singular verbs.

When her is she

It’s hard for me to imagine that there’s an English-speaking adult writing for Yahoo! Celebrity who thinks that this is correct:

of her cel

This might just be part of a growing trend to replace objective case pronouns (like me, her, him) with subjective case pronouns (I, she, he) because they sound more erudite.

Miley Cyrus is just one

Miley Cyrus is one the many celebrities who have been the subject of articles on Yahoo! Makers. And of course, those articles contain mistakes. It doesn’t take a 22-page book on grammar to understand the errors and how to correct them:

that has been diy

It should be easy for anyone with a basic English education to spot them. Although that isn’t grammatically incorrect, it’s considered impolite to use in reference to a person; who is preferred. The verb has been is just out-and-out wrong, since the verb should agree with the plural subject celebrities. The compound adjective 22-page requires a hyphen.

Cast aside like an old shoe

This attempt at forming the past tense of the verb cast on Yahoo! Style should be cast aside in favor of the correct cast:

casted sty

Before the tartar forms

Before tartar forms on your teeth, are they pre-calculous? And do they have homework? Makes no sense, but that’s the questions I’d like to ask the writer for Yahoo! Style:

precalculous sty

Do you think that this Einstein meant precalculus, the class students take before taking calculus? Once we’ve settle that, I’d like to know what was transformed into a frock? I’m searching in vain for the antecedent for the pronoun it. It just isn’t in there. Perhaps she meant the student transformed them into a dress. That pronoun could refer to “pre-calculous homework papers,” velvet, and satin ribbon. Unless she used two types of ribbon: velvet ribbon and satin ribbon.

There’s the rub

Does the writer at yahoo.com think that a rub and a barbecue sauce are one and the same?

fp rub sauce

Um, no. They’re two different things and when they’re the subject of a sentence, they take a plural verb (like are). Of course, describing a rub as “thick, chunky” is a little weird. I suspect the writer has no idea what a rub is; it’s a mixture of ground herbs and spices. Maybe next time the writer will read the actual article before writing about. Just a thought.


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