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    Has or have?


    Should I use "has" or "have" in the following sentence? ---- "We added all of the suggested literature, which has strengthened ..." Thanks for help!

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    Re: Has or have?

    "Which" refers to the whole of the clause that precedes it. Therefore you should use "has". You can remember this by imagining a "fact" after has: "We added all of the suggested literature, which fact has strengthened ..." Don't use the word fact, just imagine it.

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    Re: Has or have?

    Ok. That makes sense.

    In some other situations (not with "which" but other words), it will depend on what it actually refers to (single or plural). This is why I am confused.

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