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    #1

    has or have ??

    The cluster of injuries from which she suffers has declined

    or

    the cluster of injuries from which she suffers have declined

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    #2

    Re: has or have ??

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    The cluster has declined.
    The cluster [of injuries from which she suffers] has declined.

    Also, it says, "suffers", which would mean it's singular.

    P.S. I'm not sure if the sentence is 100% correct, though.

    Cheers!

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    #3

    Re: has or have ??

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    P.S. I'm not sure if the sentence is 100% correct, though.
    It's certainly unusual to speak of a 'cluster' of injuries.

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    #4

    Re: has or have ??

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    The cluster of injuries from which she suffers has declined

    or

    the cluster of injuries from which she suffers have declined
    I would use "has" because though you're talking about several injuries, they are all joined by the word "cluster", which makes us decide in favour of "has".

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    It's certainly unusual to speak of a 'cluster' of injuries.
    I agree. I also found it strange to use the word "cluster" in such a sentence. I would choose "number of injuries" or maybe "group of injuries".

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    #6

    Re: has or have ??

    Hi, I am not a teacher either, actually I am an ESL learner, but I think "suffers" has nothing to do with the issue at hand. The verb just agrees in number and person with its subject, "she", third person singular.

    Another example:
    "...celiac disease and gluten intolerance, from which she suffers..."



    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    The cluster has declined.
    The cluster [of injuries from which she suffers] has declined.

    Also, it says, "suffers", which would mean it's singular.

    P.S. I'm not sure if the sentence is 100% correct, though.

    Cheers!

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