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In the sentence, "We want to know who have to pay.", why does "who have" sound wrong?

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  • Likely because you're only talking about one person. – Dan Bron Dec 3 '14 at 15:21
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    Who is going to be singular out of context. If you say the people who have to pay, then you're clearly talking about a plural pronoun. But consider: if you know every person who has to pay, you know all the people who have to pay. So the plural is rarely needed out of context. – John Lawler Dec 3 '14 at 15:37