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    Has or Have grammar help

    Sentence: "Public has/have matured now" or "The public has/have matured now"



    My question/Doubt: What would be the right verb to use with the word "public", Has or have ? Does the usage of verb change if "the" were to be put before the word "public". Please answer both these questions.


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    Re: Has or Have grammar help

    Quote Originally Posted by razer View Post
    Sentence: "Public has/have matured now" or "The public has/have matured now"



    My question/Doubt: What would be the right verb to use with the word "public", Has or have ? Does the usage of verb change if "the" were to be put before the word "public". Please answer both these questions.


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    The sentence does not make sense unless you include "the". The word "public" is considered as a singular thing here. Thus, we would say, "The public has now matured." It is a bit of an odd sentence, however. I would have to see it in context.

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