English Grammar


Have or Has?

I have just studied the Delavigne Connection (Scene 1-2) and in the first part I found this sentence:


The board of trustees have decided to commission a novel


I would have said : The board of trustees HAS decided to commission a novel, for board is in singular.


Why should we use HAVE in this case?
Thank you
Olga

2 comments

  • I have just studied the Delavigne Connection (Scene 1-2) and in the first part I found this sentence:


    The board of trustees have decided to commission a novel


    I would have said : The board of trustees HAS decided to commission a novel, for board is in singular.


    Why should we use HAVE in this case?
    Thank you
    Olga
  • I think both can be said, but indeed "has" gives the impression of a common decision.

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