“It is one of the worst things that have/has faced our world.“

Would “have” or “had” be correct?

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    Things have faced our world, but it has faced our world. So, tell us first which word or idea you want the pronoun "that" to reference. May 29, 2018 at 23:13
  • Shouldn't it be "that the world has faced"? The world faces a threat, the threat doesn't face the world. May 30, 2018 at 7:50
  • One of the worst things we have faced in our world. People face things, things do not.
    – Lambie
    Jun 7, 2020 at 19:09

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The verb has to agree with the subject of the sentence, which is "it." So the correct answer is actually:

It is one of the worst things that has faced our world.


one of the worst things represents One among multiple things which has to be singular so when talk about singular thing verb must agree with the subject i.e. Subject(singular)+Helping Verb (Singular)+ Object so correct answer will be

It is one of the worst things(Singular) that has(Singular) faced our world.“

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