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    Tan Elaine is offline Key Member
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    The cherry blossoms has/have withered

    The cherry blossoms has withered.

    I saw the above sentence in a test set locally. Should be verb be 'have'?

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    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 04-Apr-2013 at 16:53.

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    Re: The cherry blossoms has/have withered

    As an NES but not a teacher, I would, like you, expect subject/verb agreement.
    I would have used "blossom" rather than "blossoms".

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    Re: The cherry blossoms has/have withered

    Use the verb inflection appropriate to the noun inflection: blossoms have/ blossom has. But you can choose either number; just be consistent.

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    Re: The cherry blossoms has/have withered

    I would use blossom, though.

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