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    #1

    the company have or the company has

    I have a question:
    What is the correct sentance?
    The company have 200 employees.
    The company has 200 employess.

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    #2

    Re: the company have or the company has

    It depends. American speakers tend to use the singular with collective nouns, but British English speakers often use the plural, though the singular is also OK. I will leave it to the speakers of other variants to state their position.

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    #3

    Re: the company have or the company has

    I'd say that American English speakers always use the singular in this case.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 14-Feb-2016 at 19:48. Reason: I had typed the opposite of what I intended.
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    #4

    Re: the company have or the company has

    This Ngram suggests the singular is far more common in AmE.

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    #5

    Re: the company have or the company has

    Quote Originally Posted by L.darina View Post
    The company have 200 employees.
    In this particular sentence the plural sounds wrong to me.
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    #6

    Re: the company have or the company has

    Yes, I've corrected my post. I'd say the few instances Google finds of the plural are cases where the subject is not the company. For example, employees of the company have voted to strike.
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    Re: the company have or the company has

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    In this particular sentence the plural sounds wrong to me.
    It is an example where many BrE speakers would use the singular, but as a general rule we do often use the plural.

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