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Help difficult subjects agree with their verbs

If you think of the committee as a group use have. If you think of them as separate people use has.

A group of koalas is hugging each other.

The committee has agreed to hug each other more often.

• The committee has agreed to spend 100,000 euros to repair the swimming pool.
(Here we use has because in this situation we think of the committee as one body)
• The committee have gone on holiday.
(Here we use have because in this situation we think of the committee as separate people)
• Ten euros is enough to take today.
(We don’t think of the euros as money to count like 1, 2, 3, etc, but we think of it as one total – ten)

Some sentences can have both plural and singular elements. Better to connect the verb with the nearest subject.
• Neither the desk nor the books have arrived.
(Books is plural so have)
• Neither the books nor the desk has arrived.
(Desk is singular so has)

Remember: Single people use has. Groups use have.
  • Exercise 1

    Remember: Single people use has. Groups use have.

    Choose from the singular or plural form.

    Remember: Single people use has. Groups use have.

    Choose from the singular or plural form.

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