Neither is intimidated

Neither the writer nor the editor at Yahoo! Style is intimidated by grammar. They simply just ignore it:

neither are style

The rule is simple: When a compound subject is joined by neither…nor, the verb must agree with the subject closer to it. In this case, the closer subject is Hurley and the verb should be is.

This is the “news”

If you judge the accuracy of a news site by the quality of its writing, you might want to skip Yahoo! News. The folks there have trouble matching a subject with its verb:

cancel news

… and don’t seem to know that Angela Merkel is the German chancellor:

angel news

Just call her EIC

I don’t get it. Does this woman write in the third person? Is she or isn’t she the author of this article? And is she the editor in chief or the editor-in-chief of Yahoo! Makers? Seems to me that whoever wrote this should know:

editor in chief mak

Perhaps my standards are just too high. Maybe I need to lower them and accept that plural subjects don’t need to have plural verbs.

A quick glance reveals a goof

A quick glance at this sentence from Yahoo! Style reveals a disconnect between its subject and verb:

reveal sty

I don’t think that this Yahoo! Style writer’s past classes include one on grammar or proofreading:

projects includes

Not a good effect

It appears that grammar lessons have never had a positive effect on this writer for Yahoo! Beauty:

has never had

Each has been mistreated

Whoa! Did I really read this in a Yahoo! Style article , written by the “news editor”?

each have sty

Yep, each is a singular pronoun in this context and requires a singular verb like, such as, for example, has.

A wonderful addition

You know what would make a wonderful addition to this Yahoo! Makers writer’s bookshelf? A dictionary. And a book on grammar:

editiion mak

That makes for a grammatical gaffe

All those things that the writer for Yahoo! Music lists make for a perfect blend; his choice of verb makes for a grammatical gaffe:

makes mus

Reaching an agreement

There’s a little lack of agreement over at It seems that the editors can’t match a subject (like footage) and its verb (which should be gives):

fp footage give

They were also unable to come to an agreement with this subject and verb:

fp mom come

Do you think maybe the S key isn’t working of their keyboards?


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