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Which is correct?

1) Has their board voted yet? 2) Have their board voted yet?

Or does it depend whether we are using American English (Has their board . . .) or British English (Have their board . . .)?


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It can be either. If the writer intends to consider the board members individually, have is correct. If instead the writer considers the board members one unified group, has is correct.

  • So I guess since in the context of voting, the board will be voting individually, "have" is the better choice. You agree? Thanks. – ivy Mar 16 '15 at 3:30

2) is correct while 1) is wrong.

Have you forgotten the singular and plural?

Objects that are plural will cause the verb to be plural too except a few exclusions i.e. you & I.

So, "their" is plural, hence, it should be Have.


a) Have you eaten your dinner?

b) Has you eaten your dinner?

Answer is a) because of the special you.

Now you should be familiar of these kind of questions, thus, I hope you are on same track as me.

  • The verb has (or have) refers to the board and their is irrelevant. – Andrew Leach Mar 16 '15 at 9:38

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