Is this a correct usage of the word include?

Your dues includes your membership fee for the season, your Handbook, prize money, and birdie pins. You must maintain your annual GHIN Membership which is currently $15.00. This must be renewed every year on January 1st at the Pro Shop.

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    '[D]ues' is plural only and therefore you write 'include'. dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/dues '[I]ncludes' is for the singular.
    – Řídící
    Aug 8, 2016 at 17:41
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    The question is whether "dues", in this sense, is singular or plural. As used it refers to a single entity, and this is a common usage. So it should either be simply "singular", or, that Get out of jail free card, "singular, plural in construction". I'm not sure even prescriptivists are solidly aligned on one side or the other.
    – Hot Licks
    Aug 8, 2016 at 17:59
  • @Hot Licks 'Singular in concept, plural in form, taking plural agreement (usually)'. Aug 8, 2016 at 23:23

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After writing includes you can write a single item or multiple items, but the word that is associated with include i.e, the _____ include/includes makes all the difference.

The package INCLUDES a free massage/ a free massage and a pedicure. Package = singular, so includes.

The books issued INCLUDE the dictionary/ the dictionary, the biography and the grammer. Books = plural, so include.

It's the same as

He writes. (singular noun) They write. ( plural noun)

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