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.
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.
The writer and editor at Yahoo! Style — neither of whom is a grammatical genius — thought this was correct:
In general neither, used as a pronoun, is grammatically singular and takes a singular verb like is, not are. Some experts are OK with neither taking a plural verb when it is followed by of and a plural, like: Neither of us know much about grammar.
Is the writer for Yahoo! Style being serious? Did she really think this paragraph was ready for the big time?
Didn’t she notice that the title of the book is “Debutante Divorcée”? How are we supposed to interpret “big hair sprayed hair”? I’ll guess it’s supposed to be “big hair, sprayed hair.” Or maybe “big hairsprayed hair.” But I have no firsthand (Note: It’s one word) knowledge of that.
I also have no firsthand knowledge of the writer’s reasoning for using need instead of the correct needs. Or for using both but and yet together. Is she being serious?