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    #1

    'has' or 'have'?

    Hello! Thank you for your help.

    I'm not sure which to use... 'has' or 'have'? Also, how else can I improve this sentence? Do I need the comma after 'day'?

    So, each day, when I feel discouraged, I am reminded how much this “land of the free and the home of the brave” have done for me.
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    So, each day, when I feel discouraged, I am reminded how much this “land of the free and the home of the brave” has done for me.

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    Re: 'has' or 'have'?

    "this land" is singular so "has" is correct.

    Unless you feel discouraged at least once every day, I wouldn't use "each day, when I feel discouraged". You could shorten the beginning to just "Whenever I feel discouraged, ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: 'has' or 'have'?

    Okay, I see. Thank you!
    My new sentence is:
    Whenever I feel discouraged, I am reminded how much this “land of the free and home of the brave” has done for me.
    I agree that it is better to use 'whenever' :)!

    But just for learning purposes, was my comma usage correct?

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    #4

    Re: 'has' or 'have'?

    Quote Originally Posted by PeachJug View Post
    Okay, I see. Thank you! My new sentence is:

    Whenever I feel discouraged, I am reminded how much this “land of the free and home of the brave” has done for me.

    I agree that it is better to use 'whenever'. :)!

    But just for learning purposes, was my comma usage correct?
    Your sentence is grammatical and your comma usage is correct.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: 'has' or 'have'?

    It should be "has," because it refers to one thing: the country you're talking about. It's presumably the US, since its (not-always-deserved) nickname is "the land of the free and the home of the brave."
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