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Felipe Alonso
Has or have, Which is the correct answer? - Neither my friends nor my girlfriend (has-have) called me and why
May 4, 2019 1:18 PM
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With neither/nor and either/or constructions, the verb agrees with the closer subject.

Because girlfriend is singular, you'd write, "Neither my friends nor my girlfriend has called me." 

If you switched the order of the subjects, the correct sentence would be, "Neither my girlfriend nor my friends have called me."


May 4, 2019

Aline is correct.

Using the singular form of the verb does sound odd because there are two subjects, but when we use the word neither, it doesn't matter whether the compound subjects appear to be plural or not. The rule is, as Aline stated, the form of the verb must agree with the subject that is closer to the verb.

May 4, 2019
Hi Felipe,
The answer is "have". In this sentence you are talking about your friends and your girlfriend (they). The rules for have/has are below:




I have
you have
he/she has
we have
they have

I hope that helps.
May 4, 2019
Has. It's the present tense third person singular of have
May 4, 2019


I want to go in with a long grammar explanation but HAS just "sounds correct" in my head..

May 4, 2019
Felipe Alonso
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