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Which is correct? You are one of the people who has or have helped me.

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Either is correct, depending on the subject. Has is used when the subject is singular, have is used when the subject is plural.

For example:

You are one of the people who has helped me.
(meaning: Out of a group of people, you are one who has helped me.)

You are one of the people who have helped me.
(meaning: There is a group of people who have helped me, and you are one of them.)

  • That makes sense - I also like - You are ONE OF THE PEOPLE who has helped me. (meaning: You are SOMEONE who has helped me.) – Dickinson Jan 29 '17 at 5:14
  • This is misleading. The subject of the sentence is you, which is singular because the complement one is singular. The subject of the relative clause is who, but its number is determined by its antecedent, which is (as you've pointed out) either You or people. – deadrat Jan 29 '17 at 5:18
  • @deadrat: what? Isnt' the antecedent either "one" or "people"? I don't see how it can be "you". – sumelic Jan 29 '17 at 16:05
  • @sumelic It doesn't matter since You = one. – deadrat Jan 29 '17 at 20:23
  • @deadrat: The thing is that if "you" were the antecedent, I would expect subject-verb person agreement to be possible. "You" is not third-person. We can say things like "The one who helped me was you, who have my gratitude." – sumelic Jan 29 '17 at 20:28
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Have is the correct form to use. People is plural hence have is the correct version. Your sentence requires the 'have' verb. Because it is a relative clause that modifies the noun 'people'. :)

  • It's ambiguous. The relative clause might modify the subject you, which is singular, or the complement people, which is plural. – deadrat Jan 29 '17 at 5:19

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