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    Subject and verb agreement

    Hello

    Hope someone can help me with this little grammer issue.
    I just wanted to know which of the following was correct:

    1. Communication and collaboration among researchers has begun

    and

    2. Communication and collaboration among researchers have begun

    I need a grammatical explanation for the correct answer.

    Thanks for your time

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    Re: Subject and verb agreement

    If you see them as a single thing, use 'has', but if you see them as separate, use 'have'. They can both be seen as correct.


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    Re: Subject and verb agreement

    From the context with the sentence itself, it seems to be more reasonable to use 'has', but it may be 'have' if in certain context at large.


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    Re: Subject and verb agreement

    Thanks so much for your help on this. This is the first time I've used the site and I think it's great!

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    Re: Subject and verb agreement

    You're welcome, Japanfan.

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    Talking Re: Subject and verb agreement

    you have (and) in your sentence, so i think have is better to use.

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    Re: Subject and verb agreement

    Not necessarily- it could be like (a + b) or a + b. Here, the two things are closely related, so it would be fine to see them as a single thing if you like.

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    #8

    Re: Subject and verb agreement

    He said :

    " I just wanted to know which of the following was correct"
    I suppose it will be more correct if he said " just wanted to know which of the following is correct".


    Am I right??

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    Re: Subject and verb agreement

    As the introductory verb 'wanted' is in the past, even though the request and the wish are present at the time of writing, the past is fine. However, as correctness is a fact, the present is also OK.

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