Well, at least the editors at Yahoo! Movies managed to get one possessive form right in this headline:
If this were baseball they’d be batting .500.
I’m kinda appalled by this on the Yahoo! front page:
Is this really the best Yahoo! can do? Has the company outsourced all writing to a non-English-speaking country? Or are these errors the result of a public school education in the U.S.? How do you explain the fact that a professional writer or editor doesn’t know the possessive of women is women’s and that in the United States, Congress is a proper noun?
You read it here first. Well, actually not here, but on Yahoo! News:
Senators Rubio and Cruz now have a single, joined “ground game battle” in Nevada for the presidential nomination. I guess they’ve joined forces to fight Trump’s, Kasich’s, and Carson’s run for the nomination.
It seems odd, doesn’t it? Why would they do that? Is it possible that Rubio and Cruz each have their own “ground game battle”? And is it possible that the Yahoo! editors don’t know that would be Rubio’s and Cruz’s ground game battles? Is it possible they don’t know that if something is owned by two people, only the last name gets the ‘S (like Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and Mom and Dad’s wedding)? But if it’s owned separately, each name must get the ‘S?
Not sure how to form the possessive of a plural? Can’t decide if the apostrophe goes before or after the S? Just do what this Yahoo! Celebrity writer did! Put it before and after the apostrophe:
Just in case the writer (or editor) is reading this, here’s the rule: To form the possessive of a singular name, add an apostrophe followed by an S. To form the possessive of a plural name, add an apostrophe after the S: Kardashians’.
It’s not an old wives’ tale: People judge you when you make grammatical, spelling, or other mistakes in your writing. Just look at what the editors at Yahoo! Makers did:
Did the writer actually think that wive was a noun and therefore, its possessive form must be wive’s? Somebody needs to go back to third grade for a refresher: When the plural of a word ends in S (like, say, oh, maybe wives), its possessive just gets an apostrophe.
It’s no wonder that the byline for this article is simply “Yahoo! Style staff.” If I wrote that poorly, I wouldn’t want my name attached to the article, either. Among the many, many mistakes is this totally random use of an apostrophe and a couple of apostrophes that go missing:
Why didn’t anyone notice that subjects is missing its apostrophe and the plural of bathroom doesn’t have an apostrophe? Didn’t someone spot the misspelling of Ashley? Doesn’t anyone at Yahoo! know that it’s (and not its) is a contraction for it is? Did it really take the entire “staff” to make that many gaffes in one sentence?