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Should I say "All the things he have will be given to her" or "All the things he has will be given to her" ?

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closed as general reference by Urbycoz, Mahnax, Mitch, RiMMER, kiamlaluno Mar 6 '12 at 18:38

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That's a shortened way of saying "all the things that he <to have> ", so the 'to have' is associated with 'he' so should be singular. So "all the things that he has... " –  Mitch Mar 6 '12 at 14:03
You could say something like "A man must give all that he have" as a rather dated use of the subjunctive, which would mean, roughly, "A man must give all that he might have." But @Mitch is correct that normal modern usage would be to use the indicative and so the third-person singular has would be preferred. –  Robusto Mar 6 '12 at 14:10

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In modern English, "All the things he have" is not grammatical.

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"All the things he has will be given to her" is correct. "Has" is the third-person singular form of the verb "to have" and it could be substituted for any other 3rd-person singular, e.g. "all the things he owns will be given to her".

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All the things that he halves will be given to her.:) –  Sam Mar 6 '12 at 18:28

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