Was the writer for the Yahoo! front page unable to figure out that games is plural? More grammar errors and having to face disgruntled readers amount to one amateurish webpage requiring a little editorial support:
What do you think of writers who forget grammar and can’t match a verb to its subject? I’m thinkin’ of the person behind this grammatical goof on yahoo.com:
Is that just a careless typo, a slip of a digit? Or is that an indication of a deeper, more serious attention deficit disorder when it comes to grammar?
Some writers never make grammatical mistakes. They know every tense of every irregular verb; they can identify the subject of a sentence in a sea of prepositional phrases; they never use a plural pronoun with a singular antecedent. Some writers never make grammatical mistakes. This writer is not one of them:
She’s begun making her first string of mistakes in this article for Yahoo! Style with a grammatical gaffe that’s so easy to spot it’s a wonder it slipped by the editor. Oh, yeah, I almost forgot: Yahoo! doesn’t employ editors who are actually concerned with grammar.
The editor for Yahoo! News must have read this and treated the verb was as if it were correct:
It is not. The statement of something that is not factual requires the subjunctive mood. For the verb to be, the past subjunctive is were, regardless of the number or person of the subject. So, he tossed money around as if it were confetti. I wish I were reading the correct verb.
Did the writer of this teaser on Yahoo! Celebrity just dash it off? I’d say so:
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.