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    chan2linghk is offline Newbie
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    Default pural/single tense using after respective?

    May I know the tense using after 'respective'?

    e.g.
    The respective Board of Directors
    has (or have?) approved the new project.

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    Default Re: pural/single tense using after respective?

    Quote Originally Posted by chan2linghk View Post
    May I know the tense using after 'respective'?

    e.g.
    The respective Board of Directors
    has (or have?) approved the new project.
    Since respective is an adjective, it would not usually be used to determine which verb to use for subject verb agreement. However, respective breaks a group into individuals, so have is the correct choice here.

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