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    Default subject-verb agreement

    Hello everybody,

    do I need a singular or plural verb in the following sentence?

    "The two scholars have emphasised what in their opinion has/have been the ideological implications of such a recommendation"

    Thank you so much

    Renetta

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    Quote Originally Posted by renetta View Post
    Hello everybody,

    do I need a singular or plural verb in the following sentence?

    "The two scholars have emphasised what in their opinion has/have been the ideological implications of such a recommendation"

    Thank you so much

    Renetta
    ...what (in their opinion) has been...

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    Quote Originally Posted by renetta View Post
    Hello everybody,

    do I need a singular or plural verb in the following sentence? The sentence is a little odd, but you need a plural verb with the plural noun "implications".

    "The two scholars have emphasised what in their opinion has/have been the ideological implications of such a recommendation"

    Thank you so much

    Renetta
    '...emphasised what, in their opinion, have been the ideological implications of...'

    The sentence can be rearranged as, 'The two scholars have emphasised what, in their opinion, the ideological implications of such a recommendation have been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    '...emphasised what, in their opinion, have been the ideological implications of...'

    The sentence can be rearranged as, 'The two scholars have emphasised what, in their opinion, the ideological implications of such a recommendation have been.
    That's quite possible, since the human mind is more ready to apply the verb to be earlier in the act of speech. Grammatically, that seems to be incorrect.

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