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Which are correct?

1 has joined the channel.

1 have joined the channel.

5 has joined the channel.

5 have joined the channel.

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closed as off-topic by Rathony, NVZ, Mari-Lou A, Phil Sweet, rand al'thor Jun 22 at 13:58

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Are 1 and 5 user IDs, or counts of the number of users joining the channel, or just what? – Karl Knechtel Sep 26 '11 at 8:27
    
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the OP provided "X" as the subject, which could be anybody or anything, singular or plural. The answer must therefore be: "it depends". – Mari-Lou A Jun 21 at 1:27
    
Now, I see! The question should be written: One has / have joined the channel. and Five has / have joined the channel. The numbers looked like a numbered list. – Mari-Lou A Jun 21 at 7:04
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Use has for singular, have for plural and zero. And for numbers less than 10, write out as words. So:

  • One has joined the channel.
  • Five have joined the channel.
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Thanks for the answer :) – Hellnar Sep 25 '11 at 19:55

Another approach is to avoid the helping verb entirely. Since the message is likely to be displayed at the moment the joining occurs (or very soon thereafter), you could just use " joined the channel", e.g. "1 joined the channel", "5 joined the channel".

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