They sat or were seated?

I don’t know what the correct wording is here at Yahoo News, I just know this is wrong:

Either were sat should be simply sat or were sat should be were seated.  The implication of each is different, so the reader is left wondering if the subjects were told where to sit. Or maybe the editor is just grammatically impaired.

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That is wrong

That is just plain wrong on Yahoo News’:

If you think is should be are (because subject-verb agreement) you are right.

Both are keeping the error

When this appeared this morning on Yahoo News, I was sure it would be corrected:

Well, the headline was edited, but the mismatch of a plural subject and a singular verb remains:

I guess the editors are keeping the mistake.

According to my research

According to my research, it’s not acquiring more readers that makes bloggers happier, it’s writing grammatically correct sentences. If that’s true, the Yahoo! Beauty writer responsible for this subject-verb mismatch can’t be too happy:

Neither the writer nor the editor was correct

Neither the writer nor the editor at Yahoo! Style was correct when they accepted this verb choice:

When a compound subject is joined by the correlative conjunction neither…nor, the verb must agree with the noun closer to it. That noun, groom, is singular and the verb should be was, not were.

This appears to be wrong

One reader’s confidence in Yahoo! News appears to be shaken when the editors can’t match a singular subject (confidence) with the correct verb:

To whom it may concern

I wonder if Yahoo! Style has editors and writers who have shared information about the difference between nominative and objective pronouns. I think not:

The nominative pronoun who can be the subject of a verb like, oh, say, maybe have shared. The objective pronoun whom can be the object of a verb or preposition, like “to whom it may concern” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”

Neither or nor have is correct

From Yahoo! Celebrity, two gaffes for the price of one:

Neither or nor the verb have responded is correct. The partner of neither is nor, not or. And when a compound subject is joined by the correlative conjunction neither…nor, the verb must agree with the subject closer to it. So, the verb should be has responded.

More thought, time and energy might help

The thought, time and energy that go into editing have not increased exponentially on Yahoo! Sports:

More thought, time and energy might have led to correcting the mismatched plural subject and singular verbs.

Incidents like these

Incidents of mismatched subjects and verbs are unfortunately common on Yahoo! Style:

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