One of the most common errors I see in editing is the dreaded agreement issue. What is that you, ask?
A man with a chainsaw must always use their wits before cutting.
See anything wrong with this sentence?
A MAN = singular subject — 1 man
THEIR = plural — 2 or more men
Here are a few more examples of incorrect agreement errors:
(X) A student is able to opt out of their classes.
(√) Students are able to opt out of their classes.
(√) A student is able to opt out of his or her classes.
STUDENT = singular
HIS/Her = singular
STUDENTS = plural
THEIR = plural
(X) Happy clowns equals happy kids.
(√) Happy clowns equal happy kids.
CLOWNS = plural
EQUAL = 1 thing equals – 2 things equal
(X) The media was trailing the cowboy after his big rodeo win.
(√) The media were trailing the cowboy after his big rodeo win.
MEDIA = plural
WAS = singular subject
WERE = plural subject
I hope this EDIT ME segment makes you more aware of number agreement. Thanks for stopping by! And if you have suggestions for an EDIT ME segment, please feel free to leave a comment!