Neither is correct

In this excerpt from Yahoo! Sports, neither or nor are is correct:

neither or are mlb

The correlative conjunction pair is neither…nor, not neither…or. And when neither…nor joins two nouns as the subject of a sentence, the verb (which should be is denying) must agree with the noun closer to it (which is Gordon).

Editing and proofreading are the perfect combination

Editing and proofreading are the perfect combination to avoid the kind of grammatical error like this one from Yahoo! Style:

was sty

Striking the wrong chord

Nothing in this photo caption on Yahoo! Style hits the right note or strikes a chord with me:

hit cord sty

I’m embarrassed for the writer. She managed to screw up a common expression in two ways: The expression is “hit the right note” or “strike a chord” (but she can’t even use the correct homophone in the latter). It’s followed in the same sentence with a mismatched subject and verb. And to prove that she’s not just grammatically and verbally impaired, she shows that she knows little about the subject of this mess by misspelling Céline. I’ve read high school newspapers that are better written and edited than this.

Between you and me, this is wrong

Here’s a common mistake on Yahoo! Sports — an incorrect pronoun:

between he mlb

The author probably thought that he was more erudite than the correct him. Between him and his editor, you’d think one of them would have spotted the error.

All shook up?

Was the writer for Yahoo! Sports shaken by rumors of the Internet giants demise? Is that why he chose the wrong verb here?

was shook mlb

Carefully editing planning was necessary

Here’s what the folks at Yahoo! Style could use: Some carefully planned editing. Or at least careful proofreading so that an adjective, and not an adverb, is used to modify a noun:

carefully sty

Have a question about grammar?

Have a question about grammar? I’ll do my best to get it answered. Have a question about Yahoo! Finance’s editors? I know I do! Like, how the heck did they think that the correct pronoun here is them and not it?

them fin tax

Neither is correct

Neither the verb are nor the noun employees is correct in this excerpt from Yahoo! Beauty:

neither are emplo new

As a pronoun neither is singular. The writer, whose title is Beauty and Health Editor, should have written: neither is an employee.

Sharpness and foresight are two traits

It seems that the Yahoo! TV writers can’t count, or they think sharpness and foresight are a single entity:

sharpness foresight is cel

Were a writer and editor involved?

Were both a writer and an editor involved in this article for Yahoo! Sports?

each have nba

If so, each has overlooked a grammatical goof: A singular pronoun (each) with a plural verb.


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