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    Singular Subject + The Likes of Which + Has / Have

    Dear Teacher,

    This is a sentence from the US President Donald Trump:

    "... there will be a Market Crash the likes of which has not been seen before!"
    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/...91393252474880

    Is the word "has" correct?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Singular Subject + The Likes of Which + Has / Have

    Yes, it is correct perhaps not technically correct, but a very common usage.

    And you are correct in not assuming that anything he says is correct grammar or usage.
    Last edited by J&K Tutoring; 18-Jun-2019 at 01:23.

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    Re: Singular Subject + The Likes of Which + Has / Have

    Quote Originally Posted by Honore View Post
    Dear Teacher,

    This is a sentence from the US President Donald Trump:

    "... there will be a Market Crash the likes of which has not been seen before!"
    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/...91393252474880

    Is the word "has" correct?

    Thank you.
    Both "has & have" are used following the expression "the likes of which" and choice depends on the preceding singular or plural subject. In your example "has" is correct. If the quote were "there will be Market Crashes", "have" should be used.

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    Re: Singular Subject + The Likes of Which + Has / Have

    I'd use "have" there.

    Not a native speaker of English

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    Re: Singular Subject + The Likes of Which + Has / Have

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I'd use "have" there.

    So would I. I'd use 'has' with 'the like of which'.

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    Re: Singular Subject + The Likes of Which + Has / Have

    Quote Originally Posted by Honore View Post

    Is the word "has" correct?

    NOT A TEACHER


    Hello, Honore:

    I have been able to find only one Google result that discusses this very interesting topic.

    If I understand one contributor correctly, s/he would use "have" in your kind of sentence.

    The contributor seems to feel that the underlying grammar of your kind of sentence is something like: "The likes [plural subject] of a crash have not been seen before."

    The article has a variety of contributors' opinions.





    Source: "likes of which has/have" Stack Exchange

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    Re: Singular Subject + The Likes of Which + Has / Have

    I see no reason to capitalise "market crash".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Singular Subject + The Likes of Which + Has / Have

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I see no reason to capitalise "market crash".
    Dear Teacher; actually, I first had thought of changing the first letters of those two words to lowercase, but then preferred to stick to the authentication of Mr. President's original wording.

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    Re: Singular Subject + The Likes of Which + Has / Have

    Quote Originally Posted by Honore View Post
    Dear teacher; Unnecessary.

    Actually, I first had thought of about changing the first letters of those two words to lowercase, but then preferred decided to stick to the authentication of with Mr. President's Trump's original wording.
    Note my changes above. You can call him "Mr Trump" or "the president" but you only use "Mr President" when talking directly to him. You were right to quote his words exactly. I was commenting on his use of capitals, not yours! Typos and grammatical errors are never surprising in his tweets!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Singular Subject + The Likes of Which + Has / Have

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Note my changes above. You can call him "Mr Trump" or "the president" but you only use "Mr President" when talking directly to him. You were right to quote his words exactly. I was commenting on his use of capitals, not yours! Typos and grammatical errors are never surprising in his tweets!
    Thanks for the extra corrections. I always find something new to learn here.

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