Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | December 29, 2009

Editors are important, part 60

CNN has the following disagreeable headline on its web site right now:

Mom, baby dies during labor, revived.

Here’s a screen shot:

It’s not disagreeable because the mom and baby were revived by Western medicine practitioners, but because the plural subject (Mom, baby) is disagreeably matched with a singular verb (dies).

Two singular elements paired still make a plural headline and require a plural verb, such as this:

Mom, baby die during labor, revived



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