I understand that you use "has" when it's singular, and "have" when it's plural. However I've always heard "has the materials I ordered arrived?" In this case, is it "has the materials arrived?" or "have the materials arrived?"

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    "The materials" is plural, so you'll need to use "have", not "has".
    – Glorfindel
    Dec 25, 2016 at 17:42
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    Where, or who, have you heard it from all the time? Unless the materials is conceived as a unit (and that would be unusual to rare), have is used. Maybe the person is speaking nonstandard English.
    – Clare
    Dec 25, 2016 at 20:09
  • One might say "Has the material arrived?" or "Have the materials arrived?" Saying "Has the materials arrived?" is, at best, non-standard.
    – Hot Licks
    Dec 25, 2016 at 20:19
  • No, even if the materials is a unit, it would be plural.
    – Lambie
    Aug 10, 2020 at 16:49

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Your understanding of has and have is correct. The sentence that you have quoted, however, is not.

It should either be

Have the materials arrived?


Has the material arrived?