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    'has' or 'have'

    Hi,

    Should I use 'has' or 'have' in the following senstence: 'Sea-floor hydrothermal vents have/has been a focus of extensive studies over the past several decades."?

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    Re: 'has' or 'have'

    Quote Originally Posted by xupeng66 View Post
    Hi,

    Should I use 'has' or 'have' in the following senstence: 'Sea-floor hydrothermal vents have/has been a focus of extensive studies over the past several decades."?

    Thanks!
    "Vents" is plural. Use "have". And the word is "sentence".

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    Re: 'has' or 'have'

    Thanks for answering my question. I thought 'has' could be used when 'vents' together are considered a single entity. It seems that I was mistaken.

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    #4

    Re: 'has' or 'have'

    [I am not a teacher]

    Not the case here. 'Vents' is plural so the use of 'have' is mandatory as pointed out by Mike. In different contexts, perhaps, you could use both singular and plural to mean exactly the same:

    Germany play(s) France tonight.
    Italy are(is) a great country.

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    Re: 'has' or 'have'

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    [I am not a teacher]

    Not the case here. 'Vents' is plural so the use of 'have' is mandatory as pointed out by Mike. In different contexts, perhaps, you could use both singular and plural to mean exactly the same:

    Germany play(s) France tonight.
    Italy are(is) a great country.
    Definitely not — only 'is'.

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    #6

    Re: 'has' or 'have'

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    [I am not a teacher]

    Not the case here. 'Vents' is plural so the use of 'have' is mandatory as pointed out by Mike. In different contexts, perhaps, you could use both singular and plural to mean exactly the same:

    Germany play(s) France tonight.
    Italy are(is) a great country.
    Definitely not only 'is'.

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    Re: 'has' or 'have'

    You can say, "Italy are a great team" referring to the players (at least in my dialect), but I agree with Rover "Italy are a great country" is definitely wrong.

    Besides, I think the OP is referring to a different context, where "Sea-floor hydrothermal vents" is type of topic, as in the following.
    Fred: "Our teacher said we can talk about either sea-floor hydrothermal vents or interstellar gaseous nebulae."
    Wilma: "Hmm, sea-floor hydrothermal vents is a good topic."
    Fred: "It would be. But hydrothermal vents has been taken by Betty and Barney. We'll have to do the nebulae."


    In this case, they are talking a singular topic, not plural vents. However, the OP's usage doesn't use the term this way.
    Last edited by Raymott; 04-Jan-2014 at 11:09.

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    #8

    Re: 'has' or 'have'

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Definitely not — only 'is'.
    I agree. And in AmE it would be "Germany plays France".

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    #9

    Re: 'has' or 'have'

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Definitely not — only 'is'.
    Indeed. 'Country' can never be plural in that sense. I will blame the medications!

    We could say:

    The English are a great people.
    The Chinese are a hard working people.

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