Yahoo! Sports clinches the title for worst headline of the day with this mismatch of a singular subject and a plural verb:
When I read this on the Yahoo! Sports home page, I was sure it was a typo because every high school graduate knows how to spell Philippines, right?
Wrong. Here it is again, in a yuuuuge headline:
What are the chances that the same typo would appear twice? Or three times?
Once is a typo. Twice is a misspelling. Three times is an embarrassment.
Almost every reader of Yahoo! Sports would question this wording, wouldn’t they?
It struck me as just plain wrong to use most instead of almost. But apparently some authorities consider it acceptable in informal speech, but advise against using it in formal writing. And almost all of them also add: It’s best to use almost, rather than most, in similar situations, like almost everyone, almost everybody, almost everything.
What do these sentences have in common?
Each one of these sentences is wrong — just like this excerpt from Yahoo! Sports, where the writer can’t match the verb (which should be is) to the singular subject: