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    #1

    sheep has/have a layer of wool

    Sheep has/have a layer of wool to keep them warm.

    The answer given was 'has'. Why is it 'has'?

    I thought of 'sheep' in this grammar exercise as a plural subject and with the pronoun 'them' used, I went for 'have'.

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    Re: sheep has/have a layer of wool

    The answer given is incorrect. 'Have' is correct.

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    Re: sheep has/have a layer of wool

    Thank you! May I know what is the reason for 'have' being the correct answer?

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    #4

    Re: sheep has/have a layer of wool

    In the absence of a definite article, sheep appears plural. If the sentence began with "The", either have or has would be possible, depending on previous context.
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    #5

    Re: sheep has/have a layer of wool

    If you change the words sheep to something like dog, where you can see if it is singular or plural, it is clear:

    Dog has
    Dogs have


    The first would require an article.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 06-Dec-2016 at 10:03. Reason: Fixed typo

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