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    Smile rumor has it that

    More recently, Puss-in-Boots appeared in the movie Shrek 3, and rumor has it that he may soon star in his own film.


    What does more recently indicate? Is it sooner in time than recently?
    Second, I wonder why it's rumor has it instead of rumors have it since there is no doubt more than just one rumor. Could you dig up a reason as for why?
    Thanks.


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    Re: rumor has it that

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    More recently, Puss-in-Boots appeared in the movie Shrek 3, and rumor has it that he may soon star in his own film.


    What does more recently indicate? Is it sooner in time than recently?

    It is used in reference to a time that was previously described, A. Was there a history given for PIB befor this point?

    Second, I wonder why it's rumor has it instead of rumors have it since there is no doubt more than just one rumor. Could you dig up a reason as for why?

    Idiom. I'd say it's a general way to refer to the collection of rumors. The speaker might only know of one rumor, in fact, I'd say that it's used by some to start rumors where none exist.

    Thanks.
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    Re: rumor has it that

    Thanks, riverkid, for the ingenious reply.
    I get it now.

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